CIP Program Course

The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program Course provides a strategic perspective of CIP in order to provide complete coverage of the CIP specialty. While CIP is not complicated, it is certainly complex, and a CIP professional must have a strong overall understanding of the interdependencies, information sharing requirements, governance, and accountabilities within and among the ten (10) Canadian CIP sectors and eighteen (18) American sectors.

The course is divided into four segments. First, the major concepts within the CIP specialty are covered, including standardized nomenclature, CIP terms, resilience and interdependencies. Second, the CIP risk management model is introduced and explained in detail. This model facilitates CIP-related risk assessments, taking an “all-hazards” approach, followed by the subsequent identification of vulnerabilities and the determination of appropriate, cost-effective safeguards. Third, tools that are useful in the analysis and assessment of CIP are presented. Fourth, the CI sectors are examined, compared, key differences are highlighted, and perspectives among various countries are discussed. Students gain a practical understanding of the unique threats, vulnerabilities and risks within the various sectors, as well as sector-specific safeguards, best practices and program considerations.

Both the Program and Technical Courses must be completed, in sequence, before the CIP Applied Course may be undertaken.