What Are The Critical Infrastructure Sectors?

Jun 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Michael Witt

Critical infrastructure sectors are defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as, "the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety." The sectors that fit this classification per the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency include the chemical, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors/materials/waste, transportation systems, water and wastewater systems sectors.

Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructures are often at risk of physical security breachers - such as a terrorist, active shooter, or other threat - but lesser-known is the cyber risk that organizations and agencies in critical infrastructure sectors face. The most effective critical infrastructure protection plans take into consideration both physical security and internet or cyber security, preventing attackers from accessing their systems to steal classified information, interrupt essential business, or otherwise do harm to the general public. Common vulnerabilites and threats include lack of encryption, inadequate remote access policies, web application attacks, and lack of network segmentation.

Kontek and Critical Infrastructure Security

Kontek is a Kannapolis, North Carolina-based business specializing in counter-terrorism for critical infrastructure agencies and organizations and providing cost-effective, intelligent full-spectrum solutions for those organizations at greatest risk. Among the services offered by the experts at Kontek is a threat and vulnerability assessment, your first step to identifying weaknesses and holes in your security plan that may be putting your organization and the general public at risk of significant health or economic disaster. When you choose Kontek for a threat and vulnerability assessment, a dedicated team of experts will review and assess the current security climate in your organization, develop a detailed assessment including findings and recommendations, and assist you in implementing potential solutions including a critical infrastructure protection plan.

Contact Kontek Indutries

Whether your organization is approaching critical infrastructure protection for the first time or taking a new look at dated physical, cyber, and dynamic security measures, Kontek Industries is your qualified partner. All team members bring extensive experience and expertise to the table with background in industries like military and law enforcement and unprecedented success in better securing Kontek's clients in critical infrastructure industries. To learn more or take the first step toward assessing your risk, contact the team at Kontek Industries today.

Topics: Critical Infrastructure, Custom Fabrication

Michael Witt

Published by Michael Witt

Michael Witt is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Kontek Industries. Michael is responsible for coordinating and executing sales strategies and marketing campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Kontek Industries, Michael was the Vice President of Sales of a U.S.-based physical security and surveillance company, where he managed a sales team supporting global security companies, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, law enforcement agencies, and various defense groups across the world. Michael Witt served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 – 2010 and conducted combat operations in Afghanistan on multiple deployments. Michael has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University.