Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, observed in the month of November, builds awareness and appreciation of the importance of critical infrastructure and reaffirms the nationwide commitment to keep our critical infrastructure and our communities safe and secure. Securing the nation's infrastructure, which includes both the physical facilities that supply our communities with goods and services, like water, transportation, and fuel, and the communication and cyber technology that connects people and supports the critical infrastructure systems we rely on daily, is a national priority that requires planning and coordination across the whole community.
During November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focuses on engaging and educating public and private sector partners about the systems and resources that support our daily lives. DHS calls on partners, stakeholders, and communities to serve as force multipliers of this message. By raising awareness of the importance of securing the assets, systems, and networks we count on every day, we can build on the great work of this public-private partnership and further enhance the security and resilience of our critical infrastructure.
An important part of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month is the continued work on implementing the National Infrastructure Protection Plan to safeguard both cyber and physical systems through collaborative public-private partnerships at all levels of government and industry from local, regional, national, and international perspectives.
This year, DHS is highlighting the 2015 Sector-Specific Plans, which supplement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Throughout the year, the public and private sectors collaborated on updating these specific plans to address the unique capabilities, characteristics, and risk profiles of their respective infrastructure sectors. The Sector-Specific Plans set the strategic direction for voluntary, collaborative efforts to reduce risk and build resilience over the next four years.
More information on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month is available at www.dhs.gov/critical-infrastructure-security-resilience-month.