National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Risk Management Framework

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National Infrastructure Protection Plan and Risk Management Framework
D’Juan L. Sanders
Professor Rachelle Howard
SEC 310
February 1, 2013

Protecting the Nations Critical Infrastructure
The National Infrastructure Protection Plan’s risk management framework is a process structured to protect the Nation’s CIKR, DHS, and SSA’s assets, systems, networks, and functions by minimizing potential risks that may compromise integrity of these very important sectors. According to free dictionary.com (2013), a risk is any possibility of incurring misfortune or loss; hazard. The framework of this risk management process consists of following a number of steps, in a strategic order, to best assure optimal security and protection. Though
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Two Reasonably Possible Fixable Criticisms of NIPP Model Two fixable issues that I felt should be addressed is the issue of critical stamping overuse and getting oversight right. Because resources are awarded to certain areas within the infrastructure that are labeled critical, this of course effects what NIPP deems critical. I think that the decisions on what is labeled critical should be communicated more efficiently between the government and private sector. A neutral governing body can also help determine what is truly “critical” without any type of incentive guiding that decision. According to Doctor Richard Weitz (2010), Addressing this challenge will require a shared effort between the private sector and the federal government, as well as hard choices, to disaggregate what is “critical” (essential for sustaining and supporting Americans’ daily lives) from what is “dangerous” (e.g., chemical facilities) but not necessarily critical.
The next issue involves the many subcommittees that have oversight of Homeland Security which create a high number of decision making jurisdiction on critical infrastructure issues. It seems as because congress is not completely knowledgeable of these protection issues they become ineffective with passing certain policies. With the many subcommittees, the decisions for these policies become political. According to McNeil (2010), “Congress needs to develop an “in-house” way to examine risk and threats to the

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