Category Archives: Infrastructure Security and Resilience

Brad Sinkaus
Resilience is a Vital Link in Supply Chains
Brad SinkausAugust 28, 2014

Last week, Apple suppliers faced a common dilemma in the manufacturing sector: a sudden design change forced a supply chain to rush to absorb production delays and deliver on time. In this case, a last-minute adjustment to the iPhone 6

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Lindsay Kishter

Today could be our cyber September 10. This idea stood out among the insights in the 10-year update of the 9/11 Commission Report released last week. In terms of cyber preparedness, the bi-partisan commission finds the American public remains “largely

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Jack Eisenhauer

For the past nine months, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) has conducted a series of senior-level roundtables throughout the country to address one of our nation’s most pressing and vexing infrastructure problems: how to

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Jack Eisenhauer
Four Chronic Risks to Critical Infrastructures
Jack EisenhauerJuly 10, 2014

We tend to think of infrastructure resilience in terms of event-driven disasters. We measure our resilience based on how well we plan for and respond to tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and pandemics. After each event we identify gaps and

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Jack Eisenhauer

Each day we see growing evidence that a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid is critical to the safety and economic well-being of America’s communities and businesses. Our reliance on electricity to power our communication networks, transportation systems, and other

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Jack Eisenhauer
Eight Characteristics of Resilient Regions
Jack EisenhauerMay 15, 2014

Thad Allen, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, once pointed out that a resilient region is like a healthy immune system: rather than preparing for every possible scenario, the region fortifies its underlying resources and capabilities to quickly mobilize

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Brad Sinkaus

It is often said that the greatest achievements begin with one simple idea. This is certainly true in the case of the Exo, a groundbreaking temporary housing unit for people displaced by natural disasters. Called “the future of disaster relief

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Lindsay Kishter
Your Data WILL Be Stolen. Now What?
Lindsay KishterFebruary 27, 2014

Last Thursday, my colleague Beth Ward sent me a chat. “Did you see the news that UMD was a victim of a cyber attack?” she asked—we’re both University of Maryland grads. UMD had just announced that hackers had breached their

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Brad Sinkaus

It is difficult to believe how radically different emergency preparedness and response communication was just 20 years ago. There were no real-time databases responders could access, no Facebook notifications or emergency tweets, and no interactive online maps at the public’s

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Lindsay Kishter

One of the most challenging aspects of disaster resilience is anticipating how a service disruption in one sector will cascade into other critical sectors. First-order impacts—where a failure in one sector disrupts operations in another—can seem fairly intuitive. An electricity

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