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

 

Friday, May 27, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm


Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203

Microelectronics are key components in our defense systems, and assuring that they are both readily available and secure is critical for US national security. Hardware-based threats can have serious impacts on military or critical infrastructure, and hardware vulnerabilities include malicious insertions, Trojan horses, counterfeit parts, and rapid obsolescence. While the USG has made large investments in software-focused cybersecurity, hardware-based approaches have not received as much attention. The Hardware Security Symposium Speaker Series brings together leading experts in Trusted microelectronics from academia, government, and Industry, to discuss hardware security threats, and ways to mitigate them.

Speaker: Robert Patti, Tezzaron Semiconductor
Robert Patti is the Chief Technology Officer and Acting Vice President of Production at Tezzaron Semiconductor. Tezzaron Semiconductor is a leader in "More-than-Moore" technology development, and incorporates innovative solutions including 3D and 2.5F technology platforms to enable advanced performance. Tezzaron's primary product is 3D memory, which they use as a novel architecture enabler. Additionally, Novati Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tezzaron, has extensive experience with back-end-the-line processing, and offers split manufacturing for their customers. Please join us as we learn more about the technology solutions at Tezzaron Semiconductor, and the way in which they can provide hardware trust.


Attendees may attend in person at the Potomac Institute. For those unable to attend in person, dial-in information will be sent upon confirmation of your RSVP.
RSVP is required. Please send your name and affiliation to Jennifer Lato.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.