The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:  Lessons Learned on Critical Infrastructure Protection


Carl Amritt, Senior Policy Analyst, Homeland Security & Public Safety

Jake Varn, Policy Analyst, Energy, Infrastructure, & Environment


Preferred Duration: 60 minutes

Type of Session: Presentation

Description: Threats to critical infrastructure can have devastating consequences for governments and public utilities with millions of residents across the country. The impact of such an incident can endanger communities, affect electricity and medical technology for those relying on life-support devices, disrupt travel and supply chains, and impact access to clean drinking. Now more than ever, state and industry leaders must take necessary precautions to harden and protect critical infrastructure against any threats.

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices will host a session on how state and industry leaders can prepare, respond, mitigate, and recover from threats to critical infrastructure. The presentation will explore how private and public sector resources can be leveraged to foster intra-/inter- governmental relationships with local and national programs. Participants will hear from state officials and how they have responded to specific critical infrastructure challenges and learn best practices in identifying and protecting inter-dependencies with other lifeline sectors, including water, telecommunications, natural gas, and transportation during an emergency.