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Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof.

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7)established U.S. policy for enhancing critical infrastructure protection by establishing a framework for the Department's partners to identify, prioritize, and protect the critical infrastructure in their communities from terrorist attacks. The directive identified 18 critical infrastructure sectors and, for each sector, designated a federal Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) to lead protection and resilience-building programs and activities. HSPD-7 allows for the Department of Homeland Security to identify gaps in existing critical infrastructure sectors and establish new sectors to fill these gaps.

The North Dakota State and Local Intelligence Center (NDSLIC) works with the public and private sector with a common goal of protecting our citizens, critical infrastructures, and the assets they control.

The North Dakota Terrorism Protective Measure Resource Guide provides an overview of terrorist threats facing critical infrastructure and are intended to provide information and assist in determining areas that are vulnerable to possible terrorist attacks and ways in which to protect them.

Upon request the NDSLIC does provide onsite threat/vulnerability assessments at no cost. The assessments are confidential and are protected by North Dakota Century Code.

Protective measures have been developed and employed to:

  • Increase awareness.
  • Reduce threats/vulnerabilities.
  • Enhance response to incidents, whether natural or manmade.
For a copy of the Protective Measures Resource Guide or to request an assessment please contact:

Darin Hanson
Fraine Barracks Lane-Building #35
PO BOX 5511
Bismarck, ND 58506
T: 701-328-8100
F: 701-328-8181



This site updated as of 9/18/2014.