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Inaugural Meeting of Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council

The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) held its first open session since its establishment in March of 2006.  The CIPAC, co-chaired by Robert B. Stephan, Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Michael Wallace, President of the Constellation Generation Group, represents a partnership between government and critical infrastructure/key resource (CI/KR) owners and operators and provides a forum in which they can engage in a broad spectrum of activities to support and coordinate critical infrastructure protection.

Among the charges for the CIPAC is implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) that establishes a Risk Management Framework for addressing human, physical, and cyber risks.  Although higher education is not specifically identified as a critical infrastructure, the “cyber risk” components of the NIPP are the equivalent concerns that are addressed by the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force.  The Security Task Force collaborates closely with the Communications Sector and Information Technology Sectors, who are represented in the CIPAC, because of their focus and expertise on cybersecurity matters.  Additionally, the Security Task Force is represented on the Cross-Sector Cyber Security Working Group which is working closely with all of the CI/KR owners and operators.

More information about the CIPAC, including the agenda and presentations from the inaugural plenary meeting, is available at http://www.dhs.gov/cipac

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