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Meridian Institute

National Critical Infrastructure Sector Coordination: Communications Sector

Related: Resilience, Science and Technology

Meridian assisted the US Department of Homeland Security in designing and facilitating new collaborative approaches between government entities and the private sector on critical infrastructure protection. For this project, Meridian helped the Communications Sector to establish a Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) to facilitate its critical infrastructure protection efforts. This SCC is a self-led mechanism of communication owners and operators and their associations who are working to establish security priorities and ensure communication within the sector and with government agencies on homeland security issues.

 

Meridian helped the Communications Sector to establish an agreed-upon governance approach for the SCC; conduct broad national outreach to previously uninvolved sector members; and organize the private-sector/government interactions to develop a Sector Specific Plan as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Meridian also helped to facilitate discussions between the IT and Communications SCCs as they began to establish mechanism for extensive mutual collaboration and a potential merger on homeland security matters.

 

Meridian also advised the Information Technology, Maritime, Food and Agriculture, Transportation, Health and Healthcare, Water, and Commercial Facilities Sectors on their efforts to establish coordination mechanisms.


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