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Critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) provide the essential services that support basic elements of American society. Compromise of these CIKR could disrupt key government and industry activities, facilities, and systems, producing cascading effects throughout the Nation's economy and society and profoundly affecting the national prestige and morale. Because the functional categories of schools and higher education are aligned with the Government Facilities Sector (GFS), the Education Facilities Subsector (EFS) is a GFS subsector under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) for coordinating infrastructure protection efforts for schools and higher education institutions. The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) serves as the Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) for the subsector under the NIPP, as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the SSA, OSDFS developed a Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) that focused on school and university protective efforts. Consistent with specific DHS guidance, this document addresses key changes to the 2009 NIPP (e.g. all-hazards approaches and an emphasis on resilience), describing the EFS vision and goal in terms of these changes and as they relate to protective efforts and associated metrics. The SSP also provides an overview of the education facilities profile, assets, risk assessment, prioritization, protective programs and resilience strategies, metrics, research and development (R&D), and subsector management. To address growing concerns regarding cyber protective measures for all sectors, EFS provides supplementary information to the 2007 iteration of the SSP as it relates to cybersecurity in the subsector. Appended are: (1) Authorities; (2) Emergency Management: Protective Programs, Tools, Resources, and Sample Activities; and (3) Key Data Sources from the National Center for Education Statistics. (Contains 27 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Higher Education, Research and Development, National Security, Information Management, Information Networks, Information Policy, Information Security, Risk, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Emergency Programs, Crisis Management, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, School Safety, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Needs Assessment, Profiles, Institutional Characteristics, Guidelines, Federal Regulation, Strategic Planning

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Author: US Department of Homeland Security


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