critical infrastructure

Communities as Systems

Infrastructure is the backbone of our communities, providing not only critical services but also the means for health, safety, and economic growth. Virtually everything we do from phoning a friend, to sending an e-mail at work, to making our evening dinner relies on a web of interconnected infrastructure assets and systems. Given the vital importance of infrastructure to our social and economic well-being, it is imperative we ensure these systems are strong, secure, and resilient.



One of the keys to building resilience is first understanding what makes your community work.

        Hammer and Wrench Icon What are your community’s essential functions and services?

The Infrastructure Dependency Primer

Welcome to the Infrastructure Dependency Primer. This tool is a supplement to the Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework and is intended to help state and local planners better understand how infrastructure dependencies can impact risk and resilience in their community and incorporate that knowledge into planning activities. It provides a foundation for understanding critical infrastructure, identifying dependencies, and improving system resilience through planning. It is organized into three primary sections:

NCF Water

The ability to supply water and manage wastewater are functions of government and the private sector so vital to the U.S. that their disruption, corruption, or dysfunction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.

CISA Releases New Tool to Help Organizations Guard Against Insider Threats

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released an Insider Risk Mitigation Self-Assessment Tool today, which assists public and private sector organizations in assessing their vulnerability to an insider threat.  By answering a series of questions, users receive feedback they can use to gauge their risk posture.  The tool will also help users further understand the nature of insider threats and take steps to create their own prevention and mitigation programs.
Last Published Date: October 5, 2021