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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 will help coordinate Federal, State, Local and Tribal efforts to increase the security and resiliency of Minnesota’s CIKR focusing on the following lifeline sectors:
  • Transportation systems
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Water
  • Emergency Services

HSEM staff will coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security Advisor to help enhance the CIKR efforts of state, local and tribal jurisdictions.

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

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)