CIP Technical Course

The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Technical Course provides a detailed examination of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) specialties. In today’s environment, our country relies heavily on Critical Infrastructure (CI). CI Systems are crucial to many facilities that are important to maintaining our way of life. The United States has 18 Critical Infrastructure Sectors and Canada has 10. Energy, finance, communications and information technology (IT) are some of the most important CI Sectors. Addressing today’s threats requires an all hazard approach; focusing on terrorism, accidents, and workplace violence, as well as natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Being able to properly design, implement, and manage your CI system security architecture is a key component of every successful security program. Understanding how to implement physical security and engineering measures is crucial to safeguarding facilities and personnel. Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning is an important and difficult task to accomplish. However with a robust Emergency Management and Business Continuity Plan, incidents can be addressed and resumption of service can be achieved in a timely and orderly manner.
Within all CI sectors, there are critical IT systems. These IT systems include SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), DCS (Distributed Control Systems), EMS (Energy Management Systems), and other high availability, mission critical environments which require different management and security considerations than traditional enterprise IT environments. This course addresses the complexities and unique differences between traditional enterprise IT systems and SCADA and other real-time environments.

During the course, students will study Threats and Hazards to CI, Physical Security, Emergency Management, Security Engineering and IT Security. The course concludes with an examination that tests the major concepts taught on the course. Students prepare short narrative answers that are scored on both content and argument. The Program course must be taken before the Technical Course, and both the Program and Technical Courses must be completed before the Applied Course may be undertaken.