Critical Infrastructure Protection

This group focuses on the protection of both the public and private sector infrastructures and critical resources within the region.  Working with the partners from DHS, the states have begun the process of looking at the region’s many CIP issues including areas of:

  • Cyber
  • Agriculture / water security
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Integration with intelligence efforts
  • Regional interoperability strategies
  • Private sector involvement in the process
  • Lessons learned and best practices
  • Potential regional collaboration efforts and projects

Update 2011

Since 2007, the AHC’s Regional Working Group four Critical Infrastructure Protection has focused on a number of key issues and efforts to further integrate their efforts with the private sector owner operators via various meetings, projects, and facilitated workshops.  

This group also is working very closely with DHS Office Of Infrastructure Protection, the State Local Tribal Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) , though Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RCCC), and the Partnership For Clinical Infrastructure (PCIS) and the Cross Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) to address national issues and share best practices with a number of states and organizations in the U.S.  This very accomplished working group is comprised of members from each of the AHC’s member states.  They work with the number of subject matter experts on specific issues from the private sector, academia, and nonprofit organizations.

In 2011, this group will be focused on several projects designed to integrate the owner of the critical infrastructure into the overall planning and project development process to create an non-regulatory environment of “integrated planning” that will drive the integration of the following:

-       Systems 

-       Plans

-       Projects

-       Programs

-       Procedures

In 2011, the AHC will focus on several projects with the private sector owners/operators in order to “cross walk” these public sector projects & initiatives with their internal corporate projects and initiatives to identify gaps/overlaps, opportunities for new projects, ways to better leverage federal program and research dollars, and address policy/procedural issues that will simplify or expedite the process.

The projects listed below are currently funded government initiatives within the AHC’s regional footprint. The AHC will be maintaining an ongoing list of both public and private sector projects going forward.

Private Sector Information Sharing / Fusion Center Project

The AHC’S Regional CIP Working Group is working with the Commonwealth of Virginia to fund an individual with skills in both law enforcement and federal fusion center guidelines to support Virginia's fusion center. The individual, who was screened and selected by the fusion center director, will work with a private sector working group (comprised initially of representatives from power and telecommunications sectors) to share information, operationalize federal guidelines, and develop recommendations to improve the information sharing process. The vision is to create information sharing process model that can be expanded to include more sectors, more fusion centers and can be sustained via public and private resources.

The Delaware River Infrastructure Protection (DRIPP)

The DRIPP is a multi-year, $10+ million, maritime domain awareness project within Coast Guard Sector "Delaware Bay."  The project provides motion and intrusion detection, with real-time alert capabilities, as both a preventative and protective measure.  The project will provide situational awareness for government first responders and private sector owned critical infrastructure owner/operators.  The DRIPP project connects short-range and long-range cameras, video analytics, and other sensors via "networked connections" to the U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey fusion center.  Full build-out will include sites in Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as technical enhancements such as radar.  NJ, PA, and DE plan to integrate more private sector operators (affected directly or in-directly by enhanced security within this strategically significant commercial port) into the planning process to design specific measures and share information on business continuity and corporate security needs.

The Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC)

The DVIC is a regional fusion center located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This $30 million, five-year project is the first of its kind, representing funding from federal, state, and local government. The DVIC will collect information in an "all hazards" approach and provide it to private sector partners as well as law enforcement, emergency management, and homeland security officials throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  The DVIC will support efforts in the areas of maritime ports, supply chains, critical infrastructure protection, and law enforcement. In the future, the states plan to involve the private sector community in the planning, designing, and sustainment of long-term information products to support their corporate security, business continuity, and planning efforts.

The Regional Credentialing / Access Management Initiative 

This initiative focuses on the deployment of PIV-I (Personal Identity Verification-Interoperable) credentials with public and private sector operators. Working with DHS & FEMA, several states of the AHC (VA, PA, MD, DC, PA, WV) are working together with other states on the FRAC-TTWG (Federal Responder Access Card – Technology Transfer Working Group) to address the various operational issues and conducting exercises between federal, state, local and private sector organizations.   Additionally, the AHC state have also been working with DHS on guidelines to support a common “regional approach” to allowing private sector access to restricted areas after an event for response/repair/restoration of their business assets and facilities.

Private Sector Help Desk Project 

This project, sponsored by the NYC Office Emergency Management, will establish a “one-stop-shop” for private sector business to come to in order to get information or provide resources before, during, or after and event. This project will build the process, governance and define the concept of operations for this center as well as test the concept. The desired outcome is to help businesses get back to business after and event. 

RCPT GIS Data Inventory Project

This project, sponsored by the New York/New Jersey Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, will begin to inventory and assess gaps in "GIS spatial data" available at the federal, state and local levels that would be used to support catastrophic disaster response in the New York City metropolitan region. Working with 30 counties and four states, this project will identify gaps and produce requirements in order to fund future projects to facilitate GIS data sharing between government and private sector organizations.