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Critical Infrastructure Learning Series

The Critical Infrastructure Learning Series provides 1-hour Web-based seminars on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure protection and resilience.

Series offerings are available free of charge and are recommended for all private-sector and government partners including critical infrastructure owners and operators and officials with responsibility for risk, security, and emergency management functions.

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INFOGRAMs and Critical Infrastructure Protection Bulletins

The Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) distributes weekly INFOGRAMs and periodic bulletins to provide members of the emergency management and response sector with information concerning the protection of their critical infrastructures.

Click on this link to enroll to receive INFOGRAMs and Critical Infrastructure Protection Bulletins.

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Critical Infrastructure Asset Protection Technical Assistance Program (CAPTAP)

Jointly offered by the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection and the FEMA National Preparedness Directorate. Program participants gain the knowledge needed to build infrastructure protection programs in their State or local jurisdiction. Technical assistance is provided in many formats, including Web-based learning modules and instructor-led sessions.

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Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Report

The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program within George Mason University’s School of Law examines a wide array of issues facing critical infrastructure protection. The CIP maintains an extensive outreach effort to highlight and advance current topical issues relevant to the national agenda. The CIP also publishes “The CIP Report,” a monthly electronic newsletter for professionals in industry, government, and academia who have an interest in critical infrastructure protection.

Click on this link to view “The CIP Report.”

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Critical Infrastructure Protection Training Program (CIPTP)

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center offers the Critical Infrastructure Protection Training Program. The CIPTP is designed for Security Managers, Senior Security Specialists, or individuals having responsibility for the protection of critical infrastructure essential to national security, their departments, or within their jurisdictions. This includes both the physical- and cyber-based systems for critical infrastructure and key resources.

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Independent Study Courses

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, offers a broad range of training. For more information on EMI, please visit www.training.fema.gov.

Below is a list of independent study courses available through EMI:  

 

IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the intent of NIMS.
  • Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS.
  • Describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management.
  • Describe the purpose of the National Integration Center.

Click on this link to access the IS-700.a course.

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IS-800.b, National Response Framework, An Introduction

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework (NRF). This course is intended for government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners. This includes senior elected and appointed leaders, such as Federal department or agency heads, State Governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and city or county officials – those who have a responsibility to provide for effective response.

Course Goals:

The course goals are to describe:

  • The purpose of the NRF.
  • The response doctrine established by the NRF.
  • The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the NRF.
  • The actions that support national response.
  • The response organizations used for multiagency coordination.
  • How planning relates to national preparedness.

Click on this link to access the IS-800.b course.

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IS-821, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Support Annex

FEMA IS-821, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Support Annex, is an introductory course intended to teach government executives, private-sector and nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders, and emergency management practitioners about the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) Support Annex to the National Response Framework (NRF). The total course length is less than 1 hour.

Course Goals:

  • Define critical infrastructure and key resources.
  • Explain the relationship between the NRF and critical infrastructure prevention, protection, and response and recovery.
  • Define the role of the Infrastructure Liaison in supporting coordination with the critical infrastructure sectors and all levels of partners.
  • Describe the processes defined in the NRF for ensuring that critical infrastructure considerations are integrated into incident response efforts.

Click on this link to access the IS-821 course.

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IS-860.a, National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

FEMA IS-860.a, National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), is an introductory course intended for DHS and other Federal staff responsible for implementing the NIPP, and for tribal, State, local, and private-sector emergency management professionals. The course is also designed to teach potential critical infrastructure partners about the benefits of participating in the NIPP. The total course length is less than 2 hours.

Course Goals:

  • Explain the importance of protecting and ensuring the resilience of critical infrastructure of the United States.
  • Describe how the NIPP provides the unifying structure for the integration of critical infrastructure protection efforts into a single national program.
  • Define critical infrastructure, protection, and resilience in the context of the NIPP.

Click on this link to access the IS-860.a course.

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IS-870, Dams Sector: Crisis Management

Dams Sector: Crisis Management is the first course in the Dams Sector Web-based training series. The purpose of this series of courses is to provide owners and operators with information pertaining to security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management.

This course explains how crisis management is an important component of an overall risk management program. In addition, it provides guidelines to assist owners and operators in developing Emergency Action, Continuity of Operations, Pandemic Preparedness, and Exercise Plans.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the mission and characteristics of the Dams Sector.
  • Identify the elements of risk management as they relate to the Dams Sector.
  • Describe the purpose and elements of an Emergency Action Plan.
  • Describe the purpose and elements of a Recovery Plan.
  • Describe the purpose and elements of a Continuity Plan.
  • Describe the purpose and elements of pandemic preparedness.
  • Describe the purpose and types of exercises.

Click on this link to access the IS-870 course.

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IS-871, Dams Sector: Security Awareness

Dams Sector: Security Awareness is the second course in the Dams Sector Web-based training series. The purpose of this series of courses is to provide owners and operators with information pertaining to security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management.

This course is designated as FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) and is available on the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Sectors (HSIN-CS) Dams Portal.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the mission and partners of the Dams Sector.
  • Identify the common characteristics of dams.
  • Describe the consequences of dam failures.
  • Describe common security vulnerabilities and interdependencies that affect the Dams Sector.
  • Describe potential terrorist threats and targets related to the Dams Sector.
  • Identify terrorist surveillance objectives and methodologies.
  • Identify indicators of surveillance and other suspicious activities.
  • Identify indicators of weapons, explosives, chemical, biological, and radiological threats.
  • Describe the process for reporting incidents.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses in a sample report narrative.

Click on this link to access the IS-871 course.

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IS-872, Dams Sector: Protective Measures

Dams Sector: Protective Measures is the third course in the Dams Sector Web-based training series. The purpose of this series of courses is to provide owners and operators with information pertaining to security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management.

This course addresses protective measures related to physical, cyber, and human elements, and describes the importance of these measures as components of an overall risk management program. The training course describes the basic elements of the risk management model, and discusses the steps required to develop and implement an effective protective program.

The course is designated as FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) and is available on the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Sectors (HSIN-CS) Dams Portal.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the mission and partners of the Dams Sector.
  • Describe the steps for establishing a protective program.
  • Identify the elements of the risk management model.
  • Describe strategies for reducing risk.
  • Identify the general categories of protective measures.
  • Describe how protective measures relate to threat levels.
  • Given a scenario, select potential protective measures to address a threat.

Click on this link to access the IS-872 course.

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IS-890.a, Introduction to the Interagency Security Committee (ISC)

Introduction to the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) is the first course in the ISC Web-based training series. The purpose of this series of courses is to provide Federal facility security professionals, engineers, building owners, construction contractors, architects, and the general public with basic information pertaining to the ISC and its facility security standards, processes, and practices.

This course provides an overview of the history of the ISC, its mission and organization, and a basic outline of the ISC risk management process.

Course Goals:

  • Explain why the ISC was formed.
  • Describe the history, vision, and mission of the ISC.
  • Identify key historical ISC documents.
  • Describe the composition of the ISC.
  • Describe the functions of the ISC and ISC subcommittees and working groups.
  • Identify how ISC standards are used to identify needed security requirements and enhancements.
  • Describe the steps to identify, implement, and test the effectiveness of security requirements for a Federal facility.

Click on this link to access the IS-890.a course.

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IS-891, Facility Security Level Determinations for Federal Facilities

Facility Security Level Determinations for Federal Facilities is the second course in the ISC Web-based training series. The purpose of this course is to provide Federal personnel with responsibilities for security-related policies, programs, projects, and/or operations for their department or agency an overview of the process to determine the facility security level (FSL) for a Federal facility.

The course is designated as FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) and is available on the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Sectors (HSIN-CS) Portal.

Course Goals:

  • Define both the criteria and process to determine the facility security level (FSL) for a facility, which serves as the basis for implementing protective measures.
  • Describe how the FSL determination directs agency officials to a set of baseline security standards that may be customized to address site-specific threat conditions.
  • Demonstrate how to use the ISC FSL Determination Matrix.
  • Describe how the FSL matrix incorporates security factors to be evaluated.

Click on this link to access the IS-891 course.

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IS-892, Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities

Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities is the third course in the ISC Web-based training series. It provides an introduction to how the ISC Physical Security Criteria for Federal Facilities Standard establishes a baseline set of physical security measures to be applied to all nonmilitary Federal facilities. The course also provides an understanding of the framework for the customization of security measures to address unique risks faced at each facility.

The course is designated as FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) and is available on the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Sectors (HSIN-CS) Portal.

Course Goals:

  • Describe the ISC risk management process.
  • Determine the baseline level of protection (LOP) and countermeasures for a Federal facility based on its facility security level (FSL).
  • Describe the steps for determining the customized and highest achievable LOP for a Federal facility using the ISC risk management process.
  • Identify the physical security countermeasures for a Federal facility that correspond with its LOP and specific security threats.

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IS-906, Workplace Security Awareness

This course provides guidance to individuals and organizations on how to improve the security in your workplace. No workplace—be it an office building, construction site, factory floor, or retail store—is immune from security threats.

Employees are often the target of these threats as well as the organization's first line of defense against them. Threats endanger the confidentiality, integrity, and security of your workplace, as well as your virtual workplace and computer systems. This course presents information on how employees can contribute to your organization's security.

Course Goals:

  • Identify potential risks to workplace security.
  • Describe measures for improving workplace security.
  • Determine the actions to take in response to a security situation.

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IS-907 Active Shooter: What You Can Do

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.

Course Goals:

  • Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
  • Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
  • Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
  • Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

Click on this link to access the IS-907 course.

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