Thursday, December 22, 2016

CIAC Team Focuses on Protecting Critical Infrastructure in Colorado

The Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) focuses on preventing acts of terrorism, taking an all-crimes, all-hazard approach. Critical infrastructure is a key target to protect, including vital systems such as energy, transportation, water/wastewater, communication, information technology and more -- sixteen sectors, in fact. In recognition of this critical element of security, the CIAC has a dedicated Infrastructure Protection program. The Infrastructure Protection team is a collaboration among seven members representing state and federal partners as well as specialty focus tracks. The Infrastructure Protection team provides leadership and support to Colorado communities through working with private industry, state, local, tribal, territorial and federal partners to protect structures as well as systems and assets that are vital to Colorado’s infrastructure. The section manages the State’s involvement in multiple critical infrastructure related federal programs and works to integrate provisions of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) into Colorado’s State Homeland Security strategy. The section spearheads innovative ways to encourage owners and operators of critical infrastructure to share information and partner with the state to protect our vital infrastructure.

In addition to sharing information and best practices with partners, in 2016 the Infrastructure Protection section:


  • Held numerous cybersecurity workshops throughout the state, culminating in a multi-agency cybersecurity exercise on Nov. 10.
  • Participated in various educational and outreach events, such as the School Safety Resource Center’s School Safety Summit in October and a “Cyber Girls” program at Regis University seeking to cultivate the next generation of cybersecurity experts
  • Staffed the State Emergency Operations Center when necessary for large-scale disasters
  • Participated in the DHS Security Symposium
  •  Lead a Regional Resiliency Assessment Program
  • Developed an Infrastructure Identification and Prioritization Tool
  • Supported a variety of local exercises to help local agencies be prepared for emergencies.


In 2017, the Infrastructure Protection section will focus on active shooter/active threat education and protecting commercial facilities, public venues and outdoor gatherings.

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