Protection Committee (CIPC)|
Action Issues and Activities
- Review existing IEEE-USA Position Statements on issues related to critical infrastructure protection and homeland security.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
How Safe Are Our Ports? (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.
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
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.
Please contact Deborah Rudolph for future meeting dates
IEEE-USA members are
invited to serve on the committee to assist with the activities and mission
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
For more information on
CIPC, its activities and meetings, and how you can participate, contact:
2001 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(Office) 202-785-0017, ext. 8332
09 May 2011