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Financial Services Defense Sector Critical Infrastructure Protection Program

"Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)" refers to the safeguarding of systems and assets essential to the minimum operation of the economy and government. National critical infrastructure includes banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, transportation, water systems and emergency services, both government and private.

Currently, there are new vulnerabilities due to our all hazards environment, including but not limited to equipment failure, human error, weather, greater system interdependence and physical and cyber attacks. Damage to one system can easily damage several more systems.

Designing a plan to protect against these vulnerabilities requires flexible, evolutionary approaches from both the public and private sectors. The intent of such a plan is to provide both domestic and international security.

The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection, outlines a coordinated approach to enhance the protection of essential systems and assets.

In response to the HSPD-7, the Department of Defense (DoD) developed DoD Directive 3020.40, Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP) (pdf 545k). DCIP is a risk management program that seeks to ensure the availability of networked systems and assets critical to DoD missions. DCIP activities include the identification, assessment, and security enhancements of systems and assets essential for executing the National Military Strategy.

DoDD 3020.40 assigns the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) as the lead for the Financial Services Defense Sector. The mission of the Financial Services Defense Sector is to protect critical financial systems and assets to ensure that continuous responsive, professional, finance and accounting services are provided to the DoD.
Page updated June 28, 2011