Safeguarding data: Group seeks to protect IT infrastructure

Helping to safeguard critical infrastructure security through policy initiatives is a primary goal of IEEE-USA’s new Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC). Set to launch this month, CIPC intends to look at all aspects of critical infrastructure protection, including cyber security, electric power, communications, computer networks, government services, public health, water, ...

02/01/2007


Helping to safeguard critical infrastructure security through policy initiatives is a primary goal of IEEE-USA’s new Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC). Set to launch this month, CIPC intends to look at all aspects of critical infrastructure protection, including cyber security, electric power, communications, computer networks, government services, public health, water, food supplies, energy, transportation, emergency services, and banking and finance.

“The integrity of these systems is critically important to the recovery of communities after catastrophic events such as natural disasters, system failures, or terrorist attacks, said Dr. Luis Kun, committee chair.

The committee’s efforts will focus on prevention, minimization, and recovery. Preventing disruption to the infrastructure is the first level of defense, says IEEE-USA, adding that if a trauma cannot be prevented, minimizing the harmful effects is the next step. Security recommendations from other sources about automation, IT, and facility security follow a similar structure.

IEEE-USA plans to work with government and homeland security organizations on these issues.

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