Shortcomings in DHS’ National Infrastructure Protection Plan, According to Report

Jul 18, 2006

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not fully address critical funding and information sharing issues in its recently finalized National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), according to a report released by INPUT. NIPP is defined as a "comprehensive risk management framework that clearly defines critical infrastructure protection roles and responsibilities for all levels of government, private industry, non-governmental agencies and tribal partners."

The largest issue with NIPP is the lack of clarity on where the funding for the necessary activities will come from. Instead of allocating specific funding, NIPP relies on existing agency budgets to fund these additional federal-level activities. Another shortcoming of the plan is that it requires the private sector to provide sensitive critical infrastructure information to the federal government. INPUT's National Infrastructure Protection Plan TargetView is available to INPUT Network members subscribing to the Federal Information Security Analysis program.