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.

Workshops

 

 Hardware Security Symposium

 

Monday, November 6, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Speaker: Mr. Jimmy Goodrich, Semiconductor Industry Association

Since 2014, the Chinese government has embarked on an ambitious effort to foster its indigenous semiconductor industry. This includes investing nearly $150 billion into domestic capacity expansion, the acquisition of overseas technology, and the attraction of critical talent and engineers. In this talk, Jimmy Goodrich will provide a detailed overview of Chinese semiconductor ambitions, their plans, and results to date in key segments such as logic technology, memory devices, and compound semiconductors. Furthermore, he will discuss efforts by the U.S. industry to maintain its competitiveness in light of developments in China.
Jimmy Goodrich is vice president for global policy at SIA. In this role, Jimmy works closely with SIA member companies, the Administration, Congress, domestic and international stakeholders, and foreign government officials to advance all aspects of SIA’s international policy agenda. Jimmy has nearly a decade of experience working with Chinese and global stakeholders on technology policy issues. He most recently served as Director of Global Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), where he worked on a wide range of China and Asia-Pacific technology policy issues relating to cyber security, trade, standards, and Internet governance.