Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection

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Looking at our current vulnerabilities, protection plans, and security gaps, Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection offers a compelling—and compellingly complete—review of the various systems in place now and of our options for the future if we wish to keep our vital resources safe from terrorist attack.

Critical infrastructures covered include agriculture and food, banking and finance, water, energy, telecommunications, and transportation. Protection of these resources is one of the primary concerns of homeland security generally and of the Department of Homeland Security specifically. Methods of protection include standard security systems and measures, plus intelligence, information sharing, buffer zones, continuity planning, and public/private partnerships. Here, the authors focus on the most serious threats facing specific infrastructure components, analyzing how we have been protecting them and making recommendations for what we need to do to guarantee our future safety.

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"This book looks at current security gaps, protection plans, and future options for keeping critical infrastructures safe from terrorist attack. Early chapters offer condensed background on the Department of Homeland Security, the evolution of critical infrastructures in the US, and a review of key legislation, presidential directives, and the approach to assessing infrastructure. The second group of chapters looks at federally identified sectors of the national infrastructure. The third section of the book explains the concept of ‘all hazards' and the four pillars of homeland security: prevent, prepare, respond, and recover. An extensive list of acronyms is included. The timing of the book coincides with recent significant revisions to key guidelines and documents set forth by the Department of Homeland Security."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313351471
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 713,191
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

PAMELA A. COLLINS is Executive Director of the Justice and Safety Center at Eastern Kentucky University. She is the co-author of Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security, Women in Law Enforcement, Principles of Security and Crime Prevention, and Workplace Violence. She has also published book chapters, book reviews, and several journal articles.

RYAN K. BAGGETT is Director of Homeland Security Programs at the Justice and Safety Center at Eastern Kentucky University, where he directs several federal programs from both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. He also serves as adjunct faculty with the Homeland Security department at EKU.

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