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Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources

Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

The systems and networks that make up the infrastructure of our society and economy, such as energy, transportation, finance or communications are often taken for granted, yet a disruption, from either a natural disaster or a deliberate act, to just one of those systems could have major consequences across other sectors – especially at the local and regional level.
Protecting, strengthening and maintaining these assets and systems requires a proactive and collaborative effort across all levels of government and society to maintain public confidence, resilience and the nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.    
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides strategic guidance and support to both public and private partners to promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall goals to increase the security and resilience of America’s critical infrastructure.

Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection in Minnesota

HSEM leads the state effort to keep Minnesota secure and help prevent acts of terrorism. Part of that effort includes assessing and prioritizing Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) across the state.
Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their destruction would have a debilitating effect on national security and public health and safety. HSEM helps public, private and tribal safety agencies across Minnesota perform critical infrastructure security assessments in their hometowns, focusing on lifeline sectors:
  • Transportation systems
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Water
  • Emergency Services

HSEM staff, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security Advisor, conduct and coordinate:

  • Infrastructure Survey Tool assessments (IST)
  • Site Assistance Visits (SAV)
  • ACAMS Vulnerability Assessments as requested

Database Administration



Periodically throughout the year, the HSEM CIKR team provides a variety of training opportunities in the methodology and technical aspects of homeland security for local officials including:
These courses and workshops are offered by HSEM upon request from local, county and regional jurisdictions.  If you are interested in hosting either a one or two day workshop please contact the Critical Infrastructure section at or 651-201-7445
To check for upcoming scheduled classes please visit the HSEM Training and Tracking (TRT) system
Also note our new ACAMS Program email address:, This address is now used  for corresponding with all of our ACAMS and PCII users. 

Additional Resources

National Preparedness Goal (PPD 8)

Critical Infrastructure (CI/KR)

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7: Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection (HSPD 7)

National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program (PCII)