Nexight Group uses our expertise to provide public and private sector organizations with guidance on a variety of complex topics. Economists and politicians recommend increased investments in infrastructure, which could create jobs, stimulate the economy, and save money in the long term. We asked a few of our subject matter experts in critical infrastructure to provide one piece of advice to the incoming administration on how to advance efforts in critical infrastructure security and resilience. Here’s what they had to say:
“I would direct the new administration to the work of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)—a presidential advisory council of senior-level executives established to provide the President with advice on how to improve critical infrastructure security and resilience. Over the past 15 years, the NIAC has conducted 27 studies examining the different aspects of critical infrastructure security and resilience. A recently launched study is examining ways the NIAC can improve the impact of future recommendations and identifying potential future study topics, including the scope for a cyber study. This will provide the incoming administration with a path forward for advancing critical infrastructure security.” – Beth Ward, Communications Specialist
“Publicly held companies may be reluctant or legally unable to share information about their operations—such as inventory, operational status, or available resources—with state or federal organizations, such as an Emergency Operations Center. Facilitating this information sharing, however, will speed recovery efforts. Also, damaged infrastructure should be rebuilt to be more resilient, rather than restoring it only to its previous specifications. Severe storms that previously only occurred once every 100 years are now happening more frequently, and can even be more severe. It’s more important than ever that we rebuild our infrastructure to withstand projected storms and hazards. Providing incentives for developers to factor resilience and all-hazards risks into long-range planning can encourage this critical infrastructure preparedness.” – Patrick White, Program Manager
“Each critical infrastructure sector recently completed sector-specific plans, which include a wealth of information on activities that will strengthen critical infrastructure security and resilience over the next four years. For example, a majority of the plans emphasized the need to continue streamlining and improving the efficiency of the classified information sharing and declassification process. Additionally, many of the plans recognized cyber attacks, more frequent severe weather events, and climate change as important emerging issues that could dramatically impact operations. Looking at each sector-specific plan, and analyzing similarities across these plans, will help the federal government address and understand the unique needs of each sector, as well as cross-sector needs owners and operators can address collaboratively.” – Victoria Markovitz, Communications Specialist
By encouraging forward-looking planning and leveraging comprehensive work done by past experts and critical infrastructure stakeholders, the incoming administration can continue to advance our nation’s critical infrastructure security and resilience. Check in next week to read advice from our materials and manufacturing innovation subject matter experts.