Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection
Protecting and ensuring the continuity of the critical infrastructure of Idaho and the United States of America is essential to our security,
public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life.
Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to our State or Nation that their incapacitation
or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof.
Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) established U.S. policy for enhancing critical infrastructure protection by establishing a
framework for the Department's partners to identify, prioritize, and protect the critical infrastructure in their communities from terrorist attacks.
The directive identified 17 critical infrastructure sectors and, for each sector, designated a federal Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) to lead protection
and resilience-building programs and activities. HSPD-7 allows for the Department of Homeland Security to identify gaps in existing critical infrastructure
sectors and establish new sectors to fill these gaps. Under this authority, the Department established an 18th sector, the Critical Manufacturing Sector,
in March 2008.
Each of the Sector-Specific Agencies developed a Sector-Specific Plan that details the application of the NIPP framework to the unique
characteristics of their sector.
In Idaho our CI/KR Program has been in existence for going on three years and has made great strides to ensure the protection and security of Idaho’s most significant assets.
CI/KR Program Vision Statement: Protecting Idaho’s current and future critical infrastructure and key resources from all natural and man-made threats through vigilant, adaptive, and dynamic security activities.
CI/KR Mission Statement: Create an environment of interactive information sharing between public and private stakeholders to identify, catalog, and assess Idaho’s critical infrastructure and key resources to facilitate the protection of assets from all man-made and natural threats and to mitigate exploitation from identified vulnerabilities.