New Jersey is rich in Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CIKR) situated in or near the most densely populated real-estate in the country. Consequently, our Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program has an ongoing and robust organizational structure with identified roles and responsibilities in two functional areas: Risk Mitigation and Field Operations. Both branches support structured sector working groups (SWG's) comprised of private and public sector partners that meet regularly. The mission of the Bureau is to ensure the protection, preparedness and resiliency of New Jersey's CIKR through implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).
Field Operations Branch
The Field Operations Branch (FOB) of the CIP Bureau works closely with its public and private sector constituents to identify and catalogue New Jersey's most critical assets based upon criteria set forth by US-DHS and subject matter experts from each critical infrastructure sector. A team comprised of federal, state, county and municipal officials works with facility owners and operators to conduct on-site visits to identify gaps and recommend potential mitigation measures in an attempt to protect critical infrastructures from natural or man-made hazards. Information from these on-site visits is incorporated into a risk analysis process which serves, in part, as the basis for grant allocation as well as training and project identification.
Risk Mitigation Branch
The Risk Mitigation Branch (RMB) of the CIP Bureau works closely with its public and private sector partners. The RMB is responsible for a State Asset Criteria and Tiering Initiative which focuses on identification of the characteristics of State Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) across all sectors. This project facilitates the reduction of variations in the state asset list resulting from annual changes to National Asset Criteria facilitating effective multi-year planning for CIKR protection. The RMB maintains a close working relationship with Sector Working Groups (SWG's) a subset of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee. RMB is responsible for developing and implementing the private sector exercise program designed as Public/Private Partnership to enhance sector preparedness. Sector partners participate in the exercise planning process so that the exercise objectives meet the needs of the sector. Each exercise produces an After Action Report (AAR) and an Improvement Plan (IP) that will identify gaps and recommend potential mitigation options. RMB works with its public and private sector partners to address specific sector concerns and is responsible for several projects involving sector resiliency and interdependency. RMB has conducted several studies in the Food & Agriculture, and Water Sectors and is currently working with the ROIC on the Arthur Kill/Kill van Kull Resiliency Project. The RMB produces a quarterly newsletter that is electronically distributed to more than 4500 interested private and public sector constituents.
For more information about NJ OHSP Critical Infrastructure Bureau, please contact: OHSPCIP@ohsp.state.nj.us.