Clinton creates council to protect nation's critical infrastructure

Clinton creates council to protect nation's critical infrastructure

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

President Clinton last month signed an executive order creating the National Infrastructure Assurance Council, which will be a senior-level group working to protect the nation's critical infrastructure.

The council will have 30 members from federal, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Some members will participate in the information sharing and analysis centers that the administration is establishing to exchange information among different industry sectors.

NIAC's functions include enhancing the partnership of the public and private sectors, proposing and developing ways to encourage industry to perform periodic risk assessments, and monitoring the development of the information sharing centers.

Safety first

The council will also advise agencies as they develop the national critical infrastructure protection plan as directed by Presidential Decision Directive 63.

An administration official said NIAC is the third segment of the agencies' three-pronged infrastructure protection program.

The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office and the National Infrastructure Protection Center are the other parts of the program, he said.

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