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Critical Infrastructure Protection
The Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, along with other fusion centers are, Department of Homeland Security funded units/organizations. We were created to facilitate and enhance the level of inter-agency communications, intelligence analysis, and information sharing among federal, state, and local stakeholders as well as private sector partners in order to anticipate and counter criminal activity, terrorism, and other hazards. Currently we work with the FBI, U.S. Customs, local police and fire, in order to mitigate terrorist threats and local vulnerabilities. There are also law enforcement and intelligence analysis personnel assigned to the center.
Protecting and ensuring the resiliency of the critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) of the United States is essential to the Nation’s security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. Attacks on CIKR could significantly disrupt the functioning of government and business alike and produce cascading effects far beyond the targeted sector and physical location of the incident. Direct terrorist attacks and natural, manmade, or technological hazards could produce catastrophic losses in terms of human casualties, property destruction, and economic effects, as well as profound damage to public morale and confidence. Attacks using components of the Nation’s CIKR as weapons of mass destruction could have even more devastating physical and psychological consequences.
Critical Infrastructure Sectors
Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning, and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.
PPD-21 identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors: