Homeland Security offers training for protecting infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection is offering Internet-based training to introduce key concepts of the government’s National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Work on the plan began following terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which raised awareness of the potential vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure, including dams and power plants.

The Department of Homeland Security released the plan in June 2006, defining critical infrastructure protection roles for government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. (HNN 7/13/06)

Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute collaborated to develop the course, �Introduction to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.� The training is intended for government and private sectors involved in implementing programs to protect infrastructure.

The course, IS-860, is free and can be taken for credit or for informational purposes. It is offered through the Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Internet site, http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp.

In addition to the course, the government maintains an Internet site, www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/editorial_0827.shtm, that provides public access to NIPP documents and related links.

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