Higher Education: Critical Infrastructure and the Dark Cloud of Cyber Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified 16 sectors that have been determined to be designated as critical infrastructure due to the debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination that would result from any of these sectors being compromised. Included in this list of 16 is the Government Facilities Sector, which covers, “a wide variety of buildings, located in the United States and overseas, that are owned or leased by federal, state, local, and tribal governments.” Wrapped up in this sector is the Education Facilities Subsector, which covers schools that house pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, institutions of higher education, as well as business and trade schools.

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