Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DHS Announces CIPAC Meeting

Today DHS announced in the Federal Register (77 FR 59203-59204) that the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council would be holding a public meeting on October 3rd, 2012 in Washington, D.C. CIPAC represents a partnership between the Federal Government and critical infrastructure owners and operators and provides a forum in which they can engage in a broad spectrum of activities to support and coordinate critical infrastructure protection.


This meeting will focus on efforts to enhance critical infrastructure resiliency. Topics will include:

• Physical and Cyber Critical Infrastructure Protection;

• Industrial Control Systems Security;

• Opportunities in Mitigating Aging U.S Infrastructure;

• Social Media's Role in Critical Infrastructure; and

• Critical Infrastructure Program Updates

It is interesting to see that ICS security is receiving special mention as a topic separate from cybersecurity. This is extremely unusual for a general topic advisory panel such as this. Since this is an open forum I wouldn’t expect that there will be anything new mentioned on threat information, but it will be interesting to see how industry representatives approach this topic in this venue.

Public Participation

The public is invited to observe the Council’s deliberations. Advance registration to attend is not required; there will be registration at the door. Public oral comments on the topics above will be limited to a 30 minute public comment period at the end of the meeting, with each speaker being limited to 3 minutes. Speaker order will be determined by registration sequence.

Apparently there are no provisions being made to web cast this meeting; DHS certainly needs to work on this area of their information sharing. Opening the CIPAC meetings to a wider audience would do much to alleviate publicly expressed concerns about this panel being a method of giving special interests (industry) private access to DHS>

Written comments on the topics may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # DHS-2012-0051).

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