Vital Infrastructure, Technology, and Logistics (VITAL)

Protecting Our Critical Infrastructures

US critical infrastructures encompass highly visible sectors like transportation, water, and agriculture as well as less conspicuous sectors like energy, finance, and information technology (IT). If any of these infrastructures were attacked, whether by hostile nation-states or by non-state actors, it would have major negative impacts on our national security and the economic well-being of our country. Even less nefarious disruptions to the supply chain, caused by inclement weather for example, are increasingly worrisome as the global economy becomes more intertwined and interdependent.

Due to the number, scale, and complexity of these sectors, no one entity can tackle the issue of critical infrastructure vulnerability alone. Both government and industry have a shared interest in the continued stability of domestic infrastructures and their global supply chains and are thus natural allies in the efforts to secure these systems. Through improved communication and strategic planning, industry and government entities can combine and coordinate efforts in comprehensively securing critical infrastructures.

The DCIP defines the following 16 sectors as critical based on their influence on the nation’s economic health and security: chemicals, commercial facilities, communications, manufacturing, dams, defense, emergency services, energy, finance, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare, information technology (IT), nuclear facilities, transportation, and water. The number of sectors considered vital to the US is simply too great to be managed by one office of the federal government, or even by the federal government alone. Taken together, the 16 critical sectors identified by the DoD account for thousands of companies, millions of jobs, and billions of dollars of revenue changing hands across the country. The only effective way to provide comprehensive critical infrastructure protection is through a coordinated effort, both among government agencies and between government and industry. The VITAL Center aims to bridge the gap between government and industry security efforts by connecting diverse stakeholders from both worlds, creating a community of interest to create more comprehensive mechanisms of action for critical infrastructure protection.


Microelectronics: Foundations and Futures, A Virtual Executive Course

The four half-day virtual course will explore the history of microelectronics, detail the current state of the practice, as well as review legacy and state of the art technology needs and their impact on the United States economy and national defense. Instructors will include industry leaders, government officials, technical experts, and key decision makers and influencers to understand the big picture of this technology area that affects every part of American culture and economics. This policy-oriented course is perfect for industry, government, and academic professionals alike with a shared goal of identifying and addressing the challenges the US faces in the microelectronics industrial arena.




 Hardware Security Symposium


Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Darryl Williams, Techsonomy LLC

Supply chain security is an integral piece of hardware security. Today's complicated global supply chain presents a wide range of entry points for adversaries to intercept critical information and physical components before they are inserted in DOD systems. Dr. Williams will provide an overview of the vulnerability landscape and possible approaches to advanced supply chain risk management tailored to the DOD's unique set of concerns.

Dr. Darryl R. Williams is recognized as one of the United States’ foremost experts on non-traditional supply chain vulnerability analysis, both attack and defense. For more than 27 years, Dr. Williams has been engaged by governments and the Fortune 500 to white hat the most secure and hardened supply chains in the world. In addition, he was the creator of the Partnership to Defeat Terrorism, an ad hoc group of global leaders in government, the private sector, and academia that use unique supply chain methodologies and Checkmate algorithms to address the most difficult national security issues plaguing the United States. Dr. Williams has sat on senior government advisory boards, led senior-level interagency working groups, and published articles on forensic vulnerability analysis and non-traditional supply chain attack and defense. As a career Air Force electronic warfare officer, he has more than 4000 hours in both the B-52 and RC-135. Dr. Williams is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Techonomy LLC, a unique technology company primarily focused on creating tools capable of assessing, modeling, and monitoring any supply chain, from any vertical, anywhere in the world.