What is it:
Our Nation's well-being relies upon secure and resilient critical infrastructure—the assets, systems, and networks that underpin American society. The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) -- NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience -- outlines how government and private sector participants in the critical infrastructure community work together to manage risks and achieve security and resilience outcomes.
NIPP 2013 represents an evolution from concepts introduced in the initial version of the NIPP released in 2006 and revised in 2009. The National Plan is streamlined and adaptable to the current risk, policy, and strategic environments. It provides the foundation for an integrated and collaborative approach to achieve the vision of: "[a] Nation in which physical and cyber critical infrastructure remain secure and resilient, with vulnerabilities reduced, consequences minimized, threats identified and disrupted, and response and recovery hastened."
NIPP 2013 meets the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, signed in February 2013. The Plan was developed through a collaborative process involving stakeholders from all 16 critical infrastructure sectors, all 50 states, and from all levels of government and industry. It provides a clear call to action to leverage partnerships, innovate for risk management, and focus on outcomes.
The NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge:
Through the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, the Office of Infrastructure Protection, within the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, in partnership with the National Institute of Hometown Security (NIHS), provides an opportunity for the critical infrastructure community to help develop technology, tools, processes, and methods that address near-term needs and strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. The Challenge is unique in that it uses a partnership-building approach to help identify and fund innovative ideas focused on filling capability and technology gaps through state-of-the-art, cost-effective technologies and tools that are ready or nearly ready for the critical infrastructure community to use.
The selected submissions for the 2016 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge have been announced. Go to the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge webpage to get more information.