Critical Infrastructure Protection: Observations on Key Factors in DHS's Implementation of Its Partnership Approach

Federal efforts to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats has been on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO’s) list of high-risk areas since 2003. Critical infrastructure is assets and systems, whether physical or cyber, so vital to the United States that their destruction would have a debilitating impact on, among other things, national security and the economy. Recent cyber attacks highlight such threats. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the lead federal agency, developed a partnership approach with key industries to help protect critical infrastructure. This testimony identifies key factors important to DHS implementation of the partnership approach to protect critical infrastructure including : (1) recognizing and addressing barriers to sharing information, (2) sharing results of DHS assessments with industry and other stakeholders, and (3) measuring and evaluating the performance of DHS partnerships. GAO has made recommendations to DHS in prior reports to strengthen its partnership efforts. DHS generally agreed with these recommendations and reports actions or plans to address many of them. GAO will continue to monitor DHS efforts to address these recommendations.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01520475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-14-464T
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 2014 2:41PM