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The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP/HS) at the George Mason University School of Business offers education resources to the critical infrastructure community through Mason’s Executive MBA program, as well as the CIP Higher Education Initiative. Click to learn more.


Check in here for a calendar of upcoming events hosted by the Center, as well as events from important members of the critical infrastructure community and engagements featuring presentations from CIP/HS staff and fellows.

New from CIP/HS

Cyber Hygiene for Control System Security

October 8, 2015, 9:09 am

By: David Oliver, Control Systems Researcher, Idaho National Laboratory Cisco is projecting that by 2020, 50 billion devices will have web connections.[1] At the same time, network intrusions are on the rise and the annual global cost of digital crime exceeds $445 billion.[2] Companies across the globe are facing the reality that their data, intellectual […]

From Our Partners – Defending Our Interests in the Global Digital Commons: Issues and Dilemmas by Robert McCreight

September 21, 2015, 2:33 pm

The overall challenge of protecting our vulnerable cyber infrastructure grows more complex each day, yet government must find a way to erect sensible defensive mechanisms and safeguards which simultaneously assure access, privacy, security and data credibility to millions of users in academia, the private sector, our military, our government and among ordinary citizens. The pathways […]

From Our Partners – Mass Transit Security in Washington, DC by Denise Krepp

September 21, 2015, 2:26 pm

Last month, three Americans tackled a terrorist on a Paris-bound train. Their quick action saved lives but left many to question the security of U.S. mass transit systems. Could a similar incident happen here? What protections are in place to prevent it? The questions above are the same ones asked by Congress in 2007. In […]

From Our Partners – Nanokrieg Beyond Blitzkrieg: Mindset to Fight the War on Terrorism by James Carlini

September 21, 2015, 2:20 pm

This article consists of several excerpts from the author’s upcoming  NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, a book on redefining and re-arranging the Military Infrastructure, Natural Destructive Strategies, Energy, & Tactics (MINDSET) needed to fight the War on Terrorism. “Quickness is the essence of the war.”  – Sun Tzu Today’s terrorist attacks are sometimes totally unforeseen and unanticipated. […]

In the News: DHS/OCIA Releases “Aging and Failing Infrastructure Systems – Highway Bridges”

September 16, 2015, 2:43 pm; Updated: September 16, 2015, 2:44 pm

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (DHS/OCIA) produces Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Notes in response to changes in the infrastructure community’s risk environment from terrorist activities, natural hazards, and other events. This product summarizes the findings related to highway bridges that were identified in the National Risk Estimate on […]

From the Director: August/September 2015

August 31, 2015, 2:33 pm; Updated: August 31, 2015, 2:42 pm

Welcome to the new format of the CIP Report! As we told you in our June issue, our intent is to create a more interactive and useful CIP Report that better serves our community and readers. Our subject for this issue is the effect of climate on resilience, an especially relevant subject with both short-term […]

From Our Partners – Resilience: Managing the Risk of Natural Disaster

August 28, 2015, 2:58 pm

David Vaughn – President of Integrated Resilience, LLC Jeff Plumblee – Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Clemson University Resilience is an area of growing concern due to climate change, population growth and migration, and a constantly growing dependency and interconnectivity of infrastructure.  Over the years the need to comprehensively address all aspects along the resilience continuum […]

Utilizing Computer Simulation to Ensure the Continuity of Critical infrastructure Services on a Dynamically Changing Planet

August 27, 2015, 12:15 pm

Richard G. Little and William A. WallaceDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Those tasked with ensuring the reliable delivery of infrastructure services in the face of climate change and its myriad effects on the built environment will need to confront many new challenges. Heretofore, the resilience of critical infrastructure has generally focused on […]

From the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment

August 24, 2015, 2:50 pm; Updated: August 24, 2015, 2:53 pm

Last year, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third United States National Climate Assessment. The result of a three-year effort by a team of over 300 experts, this report outlines the latest scientific understanding of current trends in climate science. These findings serve as a valuable resource for those in the critical infrastructure […]

Critical Infrastructure & Climate Adaptation

August 20, 2015, 3:31 pm; Updated: August 21, 2015, 10:06 am

By Lisa Barr & Steven Nider U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection Addressing the potential impacts of climate change on critical infrastructure requires managing the complex and interdependent risks facing this Nation. Over the past several decades, focus has heightened on changing waterways, shifting temperature patterns, air […]

Building Personal Resilience

Click Here for information on George Mason's Personal Resilience Certificate Course, a six-week online program of study covering the essential elements for building resiliency in everyday life.