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Department of Homeland Security releases critical infrastructure research plan

The US Department of Homeland Security has published a national plan to guide research activities across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors. The National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Research and Development (CISR R&D) Plan, mandated by Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21, identifies priority areas that inform R&D investments, promote innovation, and guide research activities across the critical infrastructure community.

This plan outlines a path forward for stakeholders to collaborate in implementing and advancing the National CISR R&D Priority Areas. The plan was developed through a collaborative process involving public and private stakeholders from across the critical infrastructure community.

The National CISR R&D Priority Areas will: 

  • Deepen the foundational understanding of critical infrastructure systems and systems dynamics;
  • Develop fully integrated and scalable risk assessment and management approaches;
  • Continue to develop integrated and proactive capabilities, technologies, and methods to support secure and resilient infrastructure;
  • Harness the power of cutting edge data sciences to create unified, integrated situational awareness and to understand consequences of action;
  • Build a crosscutting culture of CISR R&D collaboration, to focus on creating unity of effort, and building up skills and education capabilities.

For more information or to download a copy of the plan, click here

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