Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2015 Vol. 62 No. 1

Texas Critical Infrastructure Protection

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The Texas Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection (OCIP) is charged with coordinating efforts among private sector partners and state, regional, local, and federal agencies to enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure systems throughout the State of Texas from all hazards and threats. The OCIP is located within the Homeland Security Unit of the Texas Joint Crime Information Center Texas (JCIC). It supports the DPS Homeland Security and Emergency Management Missions through fostering partnerships with critical infrastructure owners and operators, threat and vulnerability analysis, and managing information related to critical infrastructure systems in Texas. This mission is a shared responsibility between the private sector owners/operators of critical infrastructure systems and government partners. Information sharing is the lifeblood of this effort as it is required to fully understand the nature of the many threats to our communities and the potential cascade of consequences associated with them. 

The Texas Infrastructure Security and Resilience Plan (TISR) provides the strategic blueprint to guide the strategy. The plan published in October 2014 is a valuable reference that articulates the value of the public-private partnership, explains the roles of partners, and describes the partnership structure for coordinating infrastructure security and resilience activities.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Chemical
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Communications
  • Dams
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Emergency Services
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Government Facilities
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste
  • Public Health and Healthcare
  • Transportation Systems
  • Water and Wastewater

The OCIP is located within the Homeland Security Unit of the Texas Joint Crime Information Center Texas (JCIC). It supports the DPS Homeland Security and Emergency Management Missions.

The Texas Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection administers several programs and information sharing platforms of particular interest to the emergency management community.  These provide information about threats vulnerabilities and critical infrastructure systems.

Homeland Secutiry Information Network (HSIN) Texas Infrastructure Protection (TX-IP) This portal provides a restricted access all hazards / threats information sharing platform between federal, state, local jurisdictions, and the private sector to e and efficiently help the state mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies or disasters pertaining to critical infrastructure and key resources.

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) This is an information-protection program that enhances voluntary information sharing between infrastructure owners and operators and the government. PCII protections mean that homeland security partners can be confident that sharing their information with the government will not expose sensitive or proprietary data. The Texas Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection is the point of contact regarding this program in the State of Texas.

Critical Infrastructure Data Call  This is an on-going effort to collect information about critical infrastructure assets and systems in an effort to better understand these systems to support risk and vulnerability analysis and planning efforts.  Data collected through this effort helps the state organize and prioritize infrastructure systems by potential impacts associated with disruptions.

Infrastructure Protection (IP) Gateway The IP Gateway is a federal portal in which state and local access for Texas is administered in Texas by the OCIP. It provides various data collection, analysis, and response tools in one integrated system streamlining access to infrastructure protection tools and datasets.  More information regarding this system will be provided during the roll-out in early 2015.

For further information about these programs, or to request access for users, contact the Office of Texas Infrastructure Protection at tip@dps.texas.gov.


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