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What is critical infrastructure?
The nation's critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society and serve as the backbone of our nation's economy, security, and health. We know it as the power we use in our homes, the water we drink, the transportation that moves us, the stores we shop in, and the communication systems we rely on to stay in touch with friends and family.

Overall, there are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that compose the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. The National Protection and Programs Directorate's Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) leads the coordinated national effort to manage risks to the nation's critical infrastructure and enhance the security and resilience of America's physical and cyber infrastructure. Read more about how IP leads this national effort.
Active Shooter White Paper
On July 22, 2011, in the deadliest attack on Norway since World War II, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a vehicle borne explosive in the government district of Oslo, killing 8 and injuring another 209. He then moved on to Utøya Island where he attacked a youth summer camp run by a rival political party, methodically shooting and ultimately killing 69 teens before surrendering to police. In court testimony Breivik claimed that he began planning the attack in 2002. It is known from the study of hundreds of Active Shooters
incidents that these are a predatory form of violence, and that Active Shooter incidents begin long before the first shot is fired.

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Send Word Now Co-Founder Launches Crisis Management Platform to Simplify and Centralize Response Team Coordination
Groupdolists, a cross-platform SaaS solution built for security operations and emergency management teams responsible for protecting employees and assets, announced its official launch today. Developed to simplify crisis response team coordination and recovery, Groupdolists instantly creates a common operating picture that harmonizes processes and procedures across any organization.

“Today is a tremendous and timely milestone and we expect to make a major impact for front-line teams who prepare for, respond to, and recover from unexpected incidents,” said Michael J. Sher, founder. “Unfortunately, every week we hear about a new terror attack, active shooter incident, ransomware threat, train derailment, torrential weather event, etc., and those on the front lines need better ways to manage and coordinate these situations. While most organizations have already invested in emergency notification solutions, most have not yet invested in response team coordination solutions.”

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