Industry and government organizations rely on a complex network of external dependencies, known as critical infrastructure, to sustain business functions and reliability. An interruption can lead to a variety of significant consequences ranging from a loss of critical services to impacts on corporate revenue and survivability. As such, leaders turn to analysts and business continuity professionals to assist with decision-making regarding comprehensive risk reduction—the science of understanding environmental threats and hazards, reduction of physical and cyber vulnerabilities, and consequence mitigation. Thoughtful preparedness planning leads to more resilient organizations and societies.
In the Diploma in Infrastructure Security and Resilience, students explore infrastructure taxonomy and the governing legislative and regulatory framework. By reviewing case studies, students then focus on defining and quantifying those external all-hazards poised to interrupt normal business or government function, and explore the various critical infrastructure risk analysis models. The focus then shifts to vulnerability and resilience gap analysis. Students acquire an introductory understanding of physical and cybersecurity assessments, dependency and resilience gap analysis, and general infrastructure preparedness activities. Next, students develop and deliver resilience enhancement options and vulnerability reducing recommendations. Lastly, students learn to function as critical infrastructure professionals within the incident command system and have the requisite education to support emergency operations centers. This diploma program provides students with the full range of critical infrastructure protection and resilience skills needed to effectively support managers and leaders across both private and public sectors.
This program is offered in sequence and has been designed to be taken over the course of one semester.
Please note: New students are accepted in the fall and the spring semesters. We do not accept new students in the summer.
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You'll Walk Away With
- The ability to identify critical infrastructure networks and to extrapolate how those impact a site or location
- An introductory understanding of the governing legislative and regulatory authorities
- A toolkit to conduct critical infrastructure physical security assessments and consequence surveys
- The ability to conduct infrastructure restoration prioritization, dependency and resilience gap analysis, and general infrastructure preparedness activities
- An understanding of the critical infrastructure partnership model and positioning to leverage federal, state, and local resources to assist with risk-reduction activities
- The knowledge to assist in business continuity and protection planning
- The ability to support emergency operations centers as critical infrastructure liaisons during times of crisis