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Critical Infrastructure Identification
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Critical Infrastructure Identification Name University According to Moteff and a Parfomak (2004) the meaning of critical infrastructure in the public policy context has evolved overtime and is still open to debate. In the 1980’s it was primarily defined in relation to public works but this definition was reconsidered and now reflects the increasing importance of homeland security.
The infrastructures that are most critical to protect in New York City (NYC) are the transport infrastructure (including the major bridges and highways), the medical infrastructure, the communication infrastructure, the fire and safety infrastructure, the power, water and other utilities infrastructure, prisons, high occupancy buildings, national monuments and schools. These are essential in any defense or natural disaster mitigation operations and the necessary steps should be taken to ensure that they are protected from terrorist attacks. The increasing threat of international terrorism has resulted in a renewal of the federal government’s interest in issues related to infrastructure. The focus has changed from the adequacy of infrastructure to the protection of infrastructure. One of the problems seems to relate to the identification of critical infrastructure. This has been very important especially in the NYC area which was the scene of the most devastating terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. ...
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