November is Infrastructure Security Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and reaffirm the commitment to keep our nation’s critical infrastructure secure and resilient. During November, we focus on engaging and educating public and private sector partners to raise awareness about the systems and resources that support our daily lives, underpin our society, and sustain our way of life. Safeguarding both the physical and cyber aspects of critical infrastructure is a national priority that requires public-private partnerships at all levels of government and industry. For instance, this includes helping our nation to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the use of explosives against both public and private sectors, which the Office for Bombing Prevention does with our support.

We know critical infrastructure as the power we use in our homes and businesses, the water we drink, the transportation systems that get us from place to place, the first responders and hospitals in our communities, the farms that grow and raise our food, the stores we shop in, and the Internet and communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family. It also includes places where people gather, like houses of worship, entertainment venues, schools, and festivals. The security and resilience of this critical infrastructure is vital not only to public confidence, but also to the Nation’s safety, prosperity, and well-being.

Managing risks to critical infrastructure involves preparing for all hazards, reinforcing the resilience of our assets and networks, and staying ever-vigilant and informed.

This November, help promote infrastructure security and resilience by training and exercising your employees on various threats, taking part in the Hometown Security effort, engaging with your community partners or supporting long term investments in critical infrastructure. We all need to play a role in keeping infrastructure strong, secure, and resilient. We can do our part at home, at work, and in our community by being vigilant, incorporating basic safety practices and cybersecurity behaviors into our daily routines, and making sure that if we see something, we say something by reporting suspicious activities to local law enforcement.

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The message contained in this press release was authored by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.