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Current laws preclude the US government from levying a similar contractual requirement on CIKR owners and operators.
As the agency with the best understanding of cyber threats, USCYBERCOM should be redesignated as the principal agency for developing and implementing cybersecurity measures across all US government agencies (by authority of US Code Title 40) and the previously discussed DIB and CIKR owners/operators (by authority of US Code Titles 10 and 32, respectively).
Industry owns and operates most of the critical infrastructure, affording it a better understanding of CIKR assets, systems, networks, and facilities.
Specifically, ASPPA and CIKR recommend that the service modify the safe harbor correction methods under EPCRS to provide that, in the case of a plan with automatic enrollment, if an employee is inadvertently excluded from the plan or his deferral rate is not automatically increased in accordance with the plan's provisions, there would be an acceptable correction method.
The creation of cross-border regional CIKR consortia.
The express inclusion of the goal of assurance of CIKR protection and resilience within the cross-border emergency assistance compacts for the Pacific, Prairie, Central, and New England/Maritime regions.
Specifically, DHS is developing or updating programs to assess vulnerability and risk at CIKR facilities and within groups of related infrastructure, regions, and systems to place greater emphasis on resiliency.
Recommendation: To better ensure that DHS's efforts to incorporate resiliency into its overall CIKR protection efforts are effective and completed in a timely and consistent fashion, the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection should develop performance measures to assess the extent to which asset owners and operators are taking actions to resolve resiliency gaps identified during the various vulnerability assessments.
(41.) "Where State, tribal, or local governments are unable to establish or maintain an effective incident command structure due to catastrophic conditions, the Federal Government, at the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security, may establish a unified command structure, led by the Unified Coordination Group (UCG), to save lives, protect property, maintain operation of critical infrastructure/key resources (CIKR), contain the event, and protect national security.
The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, Arlington, Va., and its affiliated subsidiary, the Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers (CIKR), urged at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on retirement plan fees that Congress require all vendors, including those that provide "bundled services," to provide information about what each service costs.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 gave DHS responsibility for leading and coordinating the nation's effort to protect critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR).
The overarching goal of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our Nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.