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From energy systems that power our neighborhoods, to transportation networks that move us around our communities and the country, to facilities that provide our families with safe drinking water, critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) impacts nearly every aspect of our daily lives.
CIKR is the umbrella covering the assets of the United States essential to the nation’s security, public health and safety, and economic vitality. CIKR covers 18 separate sectors, as diverse as agriculture and food, emergency services, and cyber networks.
Because this critical infrastructure provides the U.S. with enormous benefits, services, and opportunities on which we rely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) understands the risks posed to CIKR. DHS knows these threats can have serious effects, such as cutting populations off from clean water, power, transportation, or emergency supplies.
DHS oversees programs and resources that foster public-private partnerships, enhance protective programs, and build national resiliency to withstand natural disasters and terrorist threats. Key activities in those areas include:
• Assessing vulnerabilities, implementing protective programs, and improving security protocols
• Enhancing preparedness through training and exercises
• Assisting with contingency planning, response, and recovery
• Implementing real-time information sharing
• Implementing cyber security measures
• Assisting with infrastructure data collection and management
• Implementing regulations for high-risk chemical facilities
• Developing standards for federal building security
To find out more, click on critical infrastructure and key resources.

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