|  IEEE Xplore Digital Library  |  IEEE Standards  |  IEEE Spectrum  |  More Sites IEEE

IEEE-USA Home: For Volunteers: Councils and Committees: CIPC

Quick Links

Volunteer Info
IEEE-USA President
Volunteer Leaders
PACE Network
Event Calendar

  Awards & Recognitions
Board of Directors
Governing Documents
U.S. Regions Links
How to Volunteer
Development Support

  Intro to IEEE-USA
IEEE-USA History
Staff Contacts
Staff Profiles
Visiting the DC Office

Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC)

Action Issues and Activities
  • Review existing IEEE-USA Position Statements on issues related to critical infrastructure protection and homeland security.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) is to foster and assist policy initiatives on a wide range of technology issues in protecting our critical infrastructures such as cybersecurity, spyware and information technology. Committee members focus on issues related to critical infrastructure protection and the Department of Homeland Security programs. CIC welcomes IEEE U.S. members who would like to assist the committee in its mission.  Contact Deborah Rudolph at for details.

Position Statements/White Papers

Policy Communications

Letter to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense offering recommendations on ways to augment the President's Executive Order on National Security Professional Development. (14 Sept 2007)

Today's Engineer Articles

Taking the Temperature of the U.S. Electric Power Grid (September 2007)
In an effort to drive critical thinking on the U.S. electric power grid and its well-publicized reliability issues, Luis Kun, Senior Research Professor of Homeland Security at National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and Professor Robert Mathews, Distinguished Senior Research Scholar in National Security Affairs and U.S. Industrial Preparedness at the University of Hawaii, are writing a series of white papers on problems caused by uninteroperability in the nation's critical infrastructures. First up: the electric power grid.

How Safe Are Our Ports? (September 2007)
U.S. ports handle more than 2 billion tons of domestic and import/export cargo per year, $1.3 billion worth of goods move in and out of U.S. ports every day. Interference with their function would be disruptive to the U.S. economy. However, terrorist activity could destroy port facilities or use them as a channel to move materials into the United States for other destinations.

High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse: A Threat to Our Way of Life (September 2007)
A nuclear burst detonated in space over the United States would create a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) that could cause the functional collapse of the electrical power grid. As a result, major infrastructures such as communications, transportation, financial services, emergency services, energy distribution, food and water could also be disrupted or extremely impaired.


Meeting Schedule

Please contact Deborah Rudolph for future meeting dates and details.

Committee Organization

IEEE-USA members are invited to serve on the committee to assist with the activities and mission of CCP.


Vice Chair:  
Staff: Deborah Rudolph


CIPC invites IEEE U.S. members who have and interest in public policy coupled with expertise in the field of computers, communications, and Internet technology and who are willing to be active contributors to the committee's activities to join the committee as a non-voting Corresponding Member. As CM, you will be invited to recommend committee activities, comment on draft position statements and testimonies, and otherwise participate in the business of the committee. To become a CM, please complete and submit the following information:

Please provide a brief (no more than 250 word) description of your interest and expertise in this area.

For more information on CIPC, its activities and meetings, and how you can participate, contact:

Deborah Rudolph
2001 L Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
(Office) 202-785-0017, ext. 8332
(Fax) 202-785-0835

Resource Links

GAO Reports


  Last update: 09 May 2011