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November is Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Month

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Securing vital services that drive the nation

The Department of Homeland Security designated November as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) Month to help focus efforts on securing vital services that drive the nation.

What constitutes critical infrastructure (CI)?

Critical infrastructure consists of physical and virtual systems and networks. This includes electricity, transportation systems, water, food, farmers, first responders, hospitals, stores, banks, communication systems, and the Internet. It involves any of the systems that supply, support, and drive the nation's economy, health, and security.

By designating a specific month to focus on these systems and services, it reaffirms the commitment to the nation to provide for the safety, security, and preservation of these critical elements. It also builds an awareness and appreciation of the impact these elements have on everyday life across the United States.

Focus & goals

This year's focus is on the interdependence of physical and cyber systems, including the electrical grid, water supplies, health services, communications, banking, and databases. It also supports the building of public-private partnerships to increase resilience.

Other goals that are meant to help increase the focus on critical infrastructure include helping to foster innovative methods to ensure a robust resilience across these systems and services. Efforts also focus on the investment needed to ensure their security and safety.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.