Infrastructure Data Taxonomy


Infrastructure and its elements can be described and categorized in various ways. Industries operating in various sectors of the nation’s infrastructure, for example, often use the same term to refer to very different things. Terminology is likewise varied among government agencies at the Federal, State, and local levels. The Infrastructure Data Taxonomy (IDT) establishes a detailed and structured terminology that facilitates data discovery, management, and enables data sharing among mission partners and systems.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Infrastructure Security Division created the IDT to serve as a nomenclature that can be used by the infrastructure protection community and industry partners to categorize infrastructure assets and establish a common language for all to utilize.

Common Terminology for Describing Critical Infrastructure

The Taxonomy supports a more efficient data integration and transfer of data between systems, which provides a foundation for numerous applications that focus on the identification, collection, and sharing of the nation’s critical infrastructure information. By applying a detailed, structured system to help categorize assets by sectors, sub-sectors, segments, sub-segments, and asset types, the IDT minimizes the potential for confusion.

How to Access the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy

Mission partners can access to the taxonomy the current version of the IDT below

Download IDT V4 in PDF format

Download IDT V4 in Excel format

Download IDT V4 Crosswalk in Excel format

Download IDT V4 Update in Excel format

Update to the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy

Taxonomy assignments are based on the DHS Infrastructure Taxonomy V.4, issued in June 2011, and do not reflect changes to the taxonomy outlined in Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-21, issued on February 21, 2013.

As of April 2021, the Infrastructure Security Division is initiating an update of the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy to ensure that it reflects the current realities of the critical infrastructure space. The taxonomy will be updated in an iterative process, with continuous engagement of stakeholders across the infrastructure protection community. If you would like to provide input to the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy update, please contact Carmen Zapata at carmen.zapata@cisa.dhs.gov.

How is the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy Used?

The IDT Table of Contents serves as a quick reference of the taxonomy, in which infrastructure assets are categorized up to five levels. The first level is determined by broad infrastructure categories, which are then detailed further by increasingly granular differentiators as needed. The five levels of differentiation found within the IDT are the sector, sub-sector, segment, sub-segment, and asset type.

In describing a given infrastructure asset, the general convention is to use the greatest level of detail possible. If there is insufficient information to identify an asset at a greater level of detail, a less-detailed level may be used.

Some infrastructure assets fall into multiple categories of the taxonomy. For this reason, some concepts may be found listed within multiple sectors. This is called a cross-sector reference.

For example, in referring to the same nuclear power plant, the government and private sector could reference it either as a nuclear plant, a nuclear site, or a nuclear facility. The example below shows how this specific nuclear facility would be classified using the IDT:

  • Sector: The nuclear plant is identified as being part of the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector.
    • Subsector: Within the Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector, the nuclear plant is designated as part of the Nuclear Facility Subsector.
      • Segment: The nuclear plant is identified as part of the Nuclear Power Plant Segment to recognize the plant’s purpose.
        • Subsegment: Finally, the nuclear plant can be categorized as being part of the Boiling Water Reactor Subsegment to recognize how the plant produces energy.

Contact

Learn how the Infrastructure Data Taxonomy can support your organization's homeland security efforts by contacting the CISA Gateway Help Desk at CISA-GatewayHelpDesk@cisa.dhs.gov or 1-866-844-8163.

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