National Councils and Committees


Executive leaders and security experts from Critical Infrastructure Sectors meet regularly in national forums to exchange threat information, coordinate risk reduction efforts, and address the Nation’s security challenges. The National Infrastructure Protection Plan describes how government and private sector participants in the critical infrastructure community work together.

Advisory Councils and Committees

Executive leaders from the public and private sectors offer their expertise on policies and strategies for protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

The President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC): The NIAC includes executive leaders from industry and state, local and tribal governments who provide advice on strengthening the security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

The President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): The NSTAC includes executive leaders from industry who provide analyses and advice on telecommunications issues related to national security and emergency preparedness.

The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC): The CIPAC is an advisory councils forum for members of government, sector and cross-sector coordinating councils to discuss joint critical infrastructure planning, coordination, implementation and operational issues.

The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee: The CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee operates as a board of industry and state, local and tribal government leaders who advise the CISA Director on policies and programs related to CISA's cybersecurity mission.

Critical Infrastructure Sector Partnerships

Industry and government councils serve the Nation's 16 critical sector. CISA serves as a risk advisor and plays an overarching coordination role across all the sectors.

Sector Coordinating Councils (SCC): The SCCs are self-organized and self-governed councils that serve as the voices for the Nation's 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors. The SCCs enable critical infrastructure owners and operators, their trade associations, and other industry representatives to interact with the government on a wide range of sector-specific strategies, policies and activities.

Government Coordinating Councils (GCC): The GCCs serve as government counterparts to the SCCs. GCCs comprise representatives from across various levels of government (federal, state, local, tribal and territorial). Each GCC is chaired by a representative from its designated Sector Risk Management Agency (SRMA).

Cross-Sector and Coordinating Councils

Industry and government leaders collaborate in national councils to address cybersecurity and physical security threats to critical infrastructure. Industry involvement is especially important since most critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. 

Critical Infrastructure Cross-Sector Council (CI-CSC): The CI-CSC includes SCC chairs and vice chairs who promote a holistic approach to risk management by focusing on cross-sector issues and interdependencies.

Federal Senior Leadership Council (FSCL): The FSCL includes federal SRMA leaders who facilitate federal communications and coordination across the sectors.

State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC): The SLTTGCC works to engage SLTT homeland security partners in national critical infrastructure security efforts.

Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3): The RC3 brings groups from around the country together in efforts to promote security and resilience in both the public and private sectors.

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