Critical Infrastructure Protection

A significant objective of Maine's Homeland Security strategy is to improve the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources across the State. The State and its partners support this initiative through the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIPP), which aims to improve the flow of information and intelligence to, from and among all partners.

Maine works within the guidelines of Presidential Directive #21 (PPD-21) and the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) (see references to the right). PPD-21 identifies 16 sectors of critical infrastructure and key resources:

  • Chemical
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Communications
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Government Facilities
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • Information Technology
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Systems

Maine has private and public assets in each of the 16 sectors, and is focused on building partnerships across all 16, including both public officials and private sector representatives.

CIPP efforts extend beyond vulnerability assessments and improved physical security at key facilities in Maine. Through partnerships and information exchange, we hope to provide homeland security alerts and warnings, security assessments and advisories, and other critical information to sector leadership. The results of CIPP will be better informed and better prepared public and private sectors, leading to increased protection of Maine's critical assets.