One of our biggest and most pressing challenges in today's homeland security environment is the protection of our nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is essential to our Nation's security, resilience and economic vitality. This course examines the various sectors that make up critical infrastructure (water, energy, communications, financial services, information technology, etc.), their associated dependencies and interdependencies, and the strategies employed at the local, state and federals levels of government and the private sector to assess vulnerability, minimize risk and confront natural and intentional threats to these vital sectors. Incorporating critical infrastructure considerations into the planning for catastrophic events will also be examined along with the preparedness challenges and policy implications posed by our nation's aging infrastructure (bridges, roads, dams, etc.).