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December 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm #174271
From the Whitehouse:
Presidential Proclamation — Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month, 2012
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Every day, Americans across our country — from entrepreneurs and college students to families and community leaders — rely on critical infrastructure to travel and communicate, work and play. The assets and systems we depend on are essential to our way of life, and during Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month, we maintain our commitment to keeping our critical infrastructure and our communities safe and resilient.
Our Nation’s critical infrastructure is complex and interconnected, and we must understand not only its strengths, but also its vulnerabilities to emerging threats. Cyber incidents can have devastating consequences on both physical and virtual infrastructure, which is why my Administration continues to make cybersecurity a national security priority. As we continue to work within existing authorities to fortify our country against cyber risks, comprehensive legislation remains essential to improving infrastructure security, enhancing cyber information sharing between government and the private sector, and protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.
Physical threats also put our Nation’s most important assets at risk. Destruction caused by devastating storms and other natural disasters this year underscored our reliance on our critical infrastructure. Yet, these tragic events also demonstrated once again the strength and resolve of the American people when we work together to recover and rebuild. As long as we keep fortifying partnerships between Federal, State, and local governments and among community leaders and the private sector, we can continue to modernize our critical infrastructure and bolster our ability to overcome whatever challenges we may face.
All Americans have a part to play in protecting our critical infrastructure and making it more resilient, and my Administration continues to engage stakeholders in doing what it takes to keep our people safe and our assets secure. This month, we rededicate ourselves to raising awareness of the importance of critical infrastructure and to doing all we can to protect it. Americans can learn more about how they can get involved by visiting http://www.Ready.gov.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 2012 as Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of protecting our Nation’s resources and to observe this month with appropriate events and training to enhance our national security and resilience.
December 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm #174277
Additional Information and Commentary from Security Bistro Blog:
December Anointed as Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month
In an increasingly digital world, information systems pervade nearly every aspect of our daily lives, controlling the function of everything from transportation and communications to the power grid and the financial industry. An event that inhibits the proper function of these networks has the potential to have a devastating impact on the country’s economic well being and national defense preparedness. In recognition of the importance that the security of these networks has on the nation’s well being, President Obama has declared December to be National Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month.
“Cyber incidents can have devastating consequences on both physical and virtual infrastructure, which is why my Administration continues to make cybersecurity a national security priority,” the President stated in a proclamation.
Of primary concern is the state of security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS), which include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. Members of the President’s administration, most notably Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, have repeatedly expressed alarm over vulnerabilities in systems governing the nation’s critical infrastructure that could result in catastrophic events should those networks be targeted my malicious actors.
December 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm #174275
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month 2012
President Obama has proclaimed December 2012 as Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month to recognize the importance of protecting our Nation’s infrastructure resources and enhancing our national security and resilience.
Critical infrastructure is the backbone of our Nation’s economy, security and health. We know it as the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that moves us, and the communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family.
Throughout the month of December and beyond, the Department of Homeland Security is working to elevate awareness of protecting critical infrastructure. This includes engaging in partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as the private sector and reinforcing critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
December 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm #174273
IMO, a rather clear example of how this proclamation is being applied
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month comes in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, but also serves as a gentle reminder to remain vigilant this season.
President Barack Obama proclaimed the month on Nov. 30 to recognize the importance of protecting our nation’s infrastructure resources and enhancing our national security and resilience.
Critical infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security, are the assets, systems and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety or any combination thereof.
Schriever Air Force Base itself is one of the 18 critical infrastructure sectors the DHS outlines. Within the base are several other sectors as well, including communications, information technology, energy and water.
The month has spawned a nationwide “If you See Something, Say something” public awareness campaign. The idea is similar to the Eagle Eyes program, established by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, already in place here.
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