National Infrastructure Protection Plan

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) provides a framework for collaboration between DHS and the private sector and implements Federal Government policy for improving the Nation’s resilience. It lays out the structural model through which DHS executes collaboration and coordination functions with the private sector. This model functions through 16 critical infrastructure sectors and involves organizations and mechanisms designed to achieve collaboration and coordination within the specified sectors.

Many established ISACs operate within the NIPP’s sector-based approach. ISAOs, having emerged after issuance of NIPP 2013, are not countenanced within the sector model. However, the NIPP broadly calls for collaboration and partnership between the public and private sectors. Moreover, the following organizations specified in the NIPP can afford ISAOs a collaboration and cooperation framework that may operate in parallel and in partnership with the NIPP sector model.