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Meridian Institute

National Critical Infrastructure Sector Coordination: Commercial Facilities Sector

Related: Global Stability and Security, Sustainability and Resilience

Beginning in 2003, Meridian Institute worked with the US Department of Homeland Security and others to design and facilitate new collaborative approaches between the private sector and government entities on critical infrastructure protection.

For this project, Meridian helped the Commercial Facilities sector establish a Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) to facilitate its critical infrastructure protection efforts. The Commercial Facilities sector includes those facilities where we live, work, and play—places as diverse as stadiums, shopping malls, apartment and office buildings, amusement parks, casinos, hotels, and movie theaters. SCCs are self-led mechanisms of sector owners and operators and their associations working on homeland security policy issues. The Commercial Facilities SCC worked to establish security priorities and, in coordination with its counterpart, the Commercial Facilities Government Coordinating Council (GCC), worked to ensure communication and collaboration on security issues within the sector.

Meridian began this effort by helping to establish and facilitate a Steering Committee to help ensure broad participation in the SCC formation process. The Steering Committee included senior security executives from organizations such as Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the Walt Disney Company, Marriott Hotels, The Real Estate Roundtable, the National Association of Assembly Managers, the National Retail Federation, and others. Once established, some of the Commercial Facilities SCC’s initial priorities included establishing task forces to work on: evaluation and potential adoption of the Homeland Security Information Network, a sector-specific information exchange portal; technology solutions for security problems, a joint task force with the GCC; and the Commercial Facilities Sector Specific Plan for the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Meridian also advised the Communications, Food and Agriculture, Transportation, Healthcare, Water, and Information Technology sectors on their efforts to establish coordination mechanisms. Meridian also has facilitated high-level strategy planning processes with senior leadership involved with infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security.


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