Per Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) issues comprehensive reports to advise the President on issues related to the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors and their functional systems, physical assets, and cyber networks. Various NIAC studies have built on the common definition of resilience and recommendations of the Council’s 2009 Critical Infrastructure Resilience report.
Energetics was tasked by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection to support subsequent reports. The resulting documents provide a framework for setting resilience goals within all critical infrastructure sectors by studying and clarifying sector-specific resilience strategies and practices and how they can serve as the basis for setting sector-specific resilience goals. One report examined key aspects of regional resilience, including multijurisdictional and cross-sector interdependencies involving:
- Lifeline sector services
- The concept of geographically and economically unique regions
- The role of public–private partnerships
- Impediments to rapid response to catastrophic events
- The growing role of social media in emergency communication efforts
- Obstacles that prevent investment in the construction or deployment of more resilient infrastructure
In another study, content was supported through detailed findings and recommendations to advance the goal of building the foundation of national resilience through effective collaboration between government, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and local communities.
To develop these reports, Energetics facilitated interviews and panel discussions with subject matter experts to gather and test methodologies, findings, and recommendations; reviewed case studies to learn how resilience practices are shaped by distinct infrastructure operations, assets, and risks; and conducted comprehensive open source research to supplement interviews, panel discussions, and case studies.
NIAC reports include actionable recommendations to improve federal programs and policies, which are now guiding improvements within DHS and other federal agencies.