November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, led by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This nationwide effort is intended to raise awareness and reaffirm the commitment to keep our Nation’s critical infrastructure, including commercial facilities like zoos and aquariums, secure and resilient.
Some key themes for this year include soft target security, managing risk to a converging cyber and physical world, and combating insider threats. Information and resources on these topics and more can be found in the Infrastructure Security Month Toolkit, and we’ve highlighted some of the suggested activities that may be most useful for Exotic Animal Industry owners and operators below:
- Review and revise business continuity and emergency plans to align with updated Sector Specific Plans:
- Visit the Hometown Security homepage for free tools and resources for small and medium-sized businesses, including resources on Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Places.
- Meet with your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA) to better understand infrastructure in your area or to learn about available resources such as Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessments.
- Learn about the legal protections for information shared with CISA under the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program .