Citation[edit | edit source]

National Critical Infrastructure Protection Research and Development Plan (NCIP R&D Plan) (2004) (full-text).

Overview[edit | edit source]

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) called for a "National Critical Infrastructure Protection Research and Development Plan" to address the sustained science, engineering, and technology base needed to prevent or minimize the impact of future attacks on our physical and cyber infrastructure systems. The Plan was developed in close coordination with the Interim NIPP, released in February 2005.

The Plan was developed through an intensive, collaborative, interagency effort. This public document highlights the targeted investments needed to help secure and fortify the nation's key infrastructures and resources from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.

Themes[edit | edit source]

The Plan is structured around nine science, engineering, and technology themes that support all critical infrastructure sectors, encompass both cyber and physical concerns, and are strongly integrated in a layered security strategy. The themes are:

  • Detection and Sensor Systems
  • Protection and Prevention
  • Entry and Access Portals
  • Insider Threats
  • Analysis and Decision Support Systems
  • Response, Recovery, and Reconstitution
  • New and Emerging Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Advanced Infrastructure Architectures and Systems Design
  • Human and Social Issues

The NSTC Infrastructure Subcommittee selected these themes for the NCIP R&D Plan based on their repeated appearance in the concerns of infrastructure owners and operators, industry representatives, and government officials. The mapping of these themes across all infrastructure sectors by representatives from all stakeholders confirmed this as a valid approach for identifying and coordinating necessary CIP R&D.

Long-term vision[edit | edit source]

The long-term vision of the CIP R&D plan involves three strategic goals. These drive the requirements in the NCIP R&D Plan to assure the future security of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and include:

The NCIP R&D Plan works toward these strategic goals to provide maximum value for the investment made by the federal government and to provide maximum security and resilience within and across infrastructure sectors. This is accomplished by making sure that all efforts that contribute toward a strategic goal also provide incremental value by performing an independent CIP function. Achieving these may take more than five years, but the NCIP R&D Plan is designed to provide incremental deliverables in both the short- and mid-term time frames that feed into these long-term goals.

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