Critical infrastructure pylons and tank farm

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Today Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) faces increased instances of terrorism and threats to critical infrastructure including power and fuel production, road, rail, air and sea distribution networks, water and agriculture. The security challenge includes maintaining the safety of the national assets which are essential to society and economy and that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of these.

Critical infrastructure includes:

  • energy installations and networks
  • communications and information technology
  • finance (banking, securities and investment)
  • healthcare
  • food and agriculture
  • water (dams, storage, treatment and networks)
  • transport (airports, ports, intermodal facilities, railway and mass transit networks and traffic control systems)
  • production, storage and transport of dangerous goods (e.g. chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials)
  • government (e.g. critical services, facilities, information networks, assets and key national sites and monuments)