Research Advancing Resilience
DISCOVER. DEVELOP. DEPLOY.
The mission of The National Institute For Hometown Security is to discover, develop and support the deployment of solutions that enhance the protection and resilience of community-based critical infrastructure.
NIHS fulfills this mission by providing operations support for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Technology Development & Deployment Program (TDDP). TDDP is an on-going program dedicated to critical infrastructure protection and resilience. The program is charged with (1) developing new technologies and devices through research by qualified technical teams and (2) facilitating the successful deployment of the technologies. TDDP is the outgrowth of a earlier program and process designed by NIHS.
The NIHS area of interest is community-based critical infrastructure. The U. S. Department of Homeland Security defines “critical infrastructure” as systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters. NIHS is dedicated to community-based critical infrastructure because most of this infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. The infrastructure is not concentrated in one locale, but rather it is found throughout the nation, in metropolitan centers, in mid-size cities and in small towns or unincorporated villages. For more information about the sectors of critical infrastructure, click here.
The NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge is managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in partnership with the National Institute for Hometown Security.
The National Institute for Hometown Security
NIHS is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, governed by a board of directors. NIHS was organized in 2004 through the leadership of Kentucky Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers to strengthen the security of the United States by supporting the development and deployment of technological and programmatic solutions that address critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
Congressman Rogers suggested organizing the higher education institutions of Kentucky to pursue activities and technological developments aimed at improving homeland security. The Kentucky Homeland Security University Consortium resulted from his efforts. NIHS engages the development resources of the members of the Consortium as well as qualified technology developers in academia and industry beyond the Consortium.
Through TDDP, NIHS provides an integrated, ongoing program dedicated to developing technologies that respond to needs and requirements identified by OIP and groups with which it collaborates. The TDDP process follows a cycle that begins with OIP identifying a technology development initiative. Before development work begins, TDDP assures the needs and requirements are well-defined. NIHS then organizes a development team with the capabilities to undertake and complete the initiative. At all times throughout the development phase, TDDP assures that potential end-users of the technology under development are engaged in the process, providing feedback about and assessments of the project under development at various checkpoints.
A significant challenge to protecting and enhancing the resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure stems in part from the infrastructure's dispersed, but interconnected, nature and its diverse, private sector ownership. For example, the failure or diminished operating capacity of the electrical grid on one region may threaten the continued operation of the nation's telecommunications network, The failure of a water distribution system may impact a number of operations that rely on water service. These affected operations could include hospitals, manufacturing facilities as well as routine home life activities. Interruptions in the transportation system would generate repercussions in commercial activities. Because the infrastructure is held by thousands of owners, most of whom are in the private sector, the challenge to protect these systems is intensified by the need for collaboration and cooperation.
NIPP SECURITY & RESILIENCE CHALLENGE
National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge
Through the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in partnership with the National Institute for Hometown Security, provides an opportunity for the critical infrastructure community to help develop technology, tools, processes, and methods that address immediate needs and strengthen the long-term security and resilience of critical infrastructure.
The Challenge is unique in that it helps identify and fund innovative ideas that can provide technologies and tools to the critical infrastructure community that are ready or nearly ready to use. Projects funded under the NIPP Challenge are meant to not only have tangible, near-tern results so they can be quickly developed and implemented, but to also be financially, practically, and logistically sustainable in the long term so that they can enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure across multiple sectors for years to come. These ideas, due to their innovation and research, can be risky, but are likely to offer important benefits to the critical infrastructure community.
2018 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge
The 2018 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge winners were announced on September 27, 2018. Click here to see a list of the selected projects, click here to view the 2018 NIPP Challenge Selected Projects Fact Sheet below.
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