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Running head: CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS Student names: Institution: Name of the professor:
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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS 1 Thesis Critical infrastructure provides the fundamental services that support American society. Proactive and composed endeavors are essential to fortify and look after secure, working, and flexible Critical infrastructure including resources, systems, and frameworks – that are indispensable to the public and the Nation's wellbeing, success, and prosperity. The nation’s critical infrastructure is differing and complex since it covers a vast area. Therefore, it is necessary to subdivide the critical infrastructural to major sectors as per Presidential Policy Directive 21 on critical infrastructure resilience and security. The critical infrastructure is composed of 16 major critical sectors, but the chosen one for this case is Transportation Systems sector. The transportation systems sector is essential as it serves as the economic pillar because it has commercial significance to a nation. For instance, it entails the following subsectors; aviation that handles commercial aviation services using aircraft and air traffic control systems. Highway and motor carrier is another subsector of transport systems sector that deals with land transportation of goods and other services. Other systems include; maritime transports systems, pipeline systems, and rail systems just to mention but a few. Transportation systems are therefore essential because of the provision of lifetime services to the nation and communities. They are also vital for various response and recovery operations that may arise for example highways accommodate ambulances that provide a medical response. However, there is need to close integration and collaboration of the transport sector with other sectors because of the enormous public and private network. Such collaboration is significant because it gives an easier way of handling hazards and threats
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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS 2 In-depth analysis of the threats currently being addressed Provided that critical transportation systems sector provides lifetime and commercial services to a nation, the sector is prone to threats and hazards. Various threats affect the transport sector. For instance, cyber security is one of the major threat to the transportation sector. The sector utilizes vast systems such as tracking, air traffic control and communication systems which are face constant cyber security attacks. Hackers aim such systems to get some essential information about a certain organization such banking and financial information. Some terrorists also utilize the systems as their loophole in disrupting the systems with the aim of causing chaos to an organization of a country.
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