This bill outlines the following strategic imperatives for all federal agencies that monitor or work with critical infrastructure to abide by:
Data collection, refinement, and clarification should be conducted across the federal government in order to promote critical infrastructure security.
Effective measures that support information exchange should be investigated, and based on those findings, baseline data and systems requirements for the federal government can be established.
Recommendations for planning and operational decisions to protecting critical infrastructure from terrorist threats.
The DHS Secretary would be directed to create a research working group that studies the infrastructure security of the U.S. and suggests recommendations for improvement. The working group would have experts in terrorism prevention and response, in addition to cyber-security experts and disaster response planners.
The existing public-private partnership model and its effectiveness will be reviewed, and recommendations for improvement in terms of information sharing will be delivered.
A National Infrastructure Protection Plan shall be provided to the president and congressional committees. This plan will:
Identify a risk management framework to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against terrorist threats.
Offer a method by which critical infrastructure can be prioritized in the event that multiple critical infrastructure systems are impacted.
Protocols for synchronizing communication and actions that can allow the federal government to effectively respond to critical infrastructure terrorist threats.
Metrics and analysis processes to be used to measure the Nation’s ability to manage and reduce terrorism risks to critical infrastructure.
Consider the dependencies of various sectors on energy and communications systems during a terrorism event or natural disaster, and identify pre-event and mitigation measures or alternate capabilities during disruptions to those systems.
Presidential Policy Directive 21 Summary
Federation of American Scientists Summary