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(This Web site was last updated on May 9, 2003)

The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) has Moved to the Department of Homeland Security

The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) has been integrated into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate.

The Planning and Partnerships Office (PPO) within DHS-IAIP assumed many of the responsibilities previously held by CIAO. The office's primary focus is to raise issues that cut across industry sectors and ensure a cohesive approach to achieving continuity in delivering critical infrastructure services.

IAIP and the Planning and Partnerships Office will continue to provide the services you have come to count on from us. For now, we will provide these services on this web site. Over time, we will migrate our services to the DHS website.

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Presidential Strategies Released by The White House

On February 14, 2003, Secretary Tom Ridge announced the release of two Presidential national strategies that are follow-on documents of The National Strategy for Homeland Security.

The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets identifies a clear set of national goals and objectives and outlines the guiding principles that will underpin our efforts to secure the infrastructures and assets vital to our national security, governance, public health and safety, economy and public confidence.

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace is part of our overall effort to protect the nation. The purpose of this document is to engage and empower Americans to secure the portions of cyberspace that they own, operate, control, or with which they interact.

Secretary Tom Ridge discusses the President's new strategies for protecting our critical infrastructure and increasing cybersecurity (click here).

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Princeton Nassau Bell Tower ImageWebcast Now Available
of CIAO Co-Sponsored Conference with the Western Governors' Association

December 5-6, 2002: The CIAO co-sponsored the 3rd in a series of state and regionally-sponsored conferences with the Western Governors' Association, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference, "Critical Infrastructures: Working Together in a New World - Are We Ready?", involved incumbent and newly-elected governors from the western region of the United States and focused on issues such as protection of key assets and effective public leadership. The conference highlighted information sharing initiatives at the state, local and regional levels involving public-private sector cooperation. A webcast of this conference is now available - click here - and for Undersecretary Ken Juster's remarks, click here (Kenneth I. Juster is the undersecretary for the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Department of Commerce).

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Official Actions

" "Executive Order 13231 on Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age [10/16/01]

" "Executive Order 13228 establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council [10/8/01]

" "The White House Statement on the Review of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security [5/9/01]

" "The White House Statement by the President Domestic Preparedness Against Weapons of Mass Destruction [5/8/01]

" "Report of the President of the United States on the Status of Federal Critical Infrastructure Protection Activities [1/01]

" "President signs Homeland Security Act of 2002. CIAO is one of the organizations moving into the new Department of Homeland Security. [11/25/02]

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