Security & Protection

Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Dams

ASDSO partners with the US Deparment of Homeland Security to assist the dam community in understanding how dams fit into what's considered "critical infrastructure" and developing tools and guidelines on how to mitigate security risks to the nation's critical dams.

The DHS Dams Sector has established goals to improve awareness, prevention, protection, response, and recovery. The eight Dams Sector goals are driven by a desire to reduce the risks to critical assets within the Dams Sector, and to ensure the continued economic use and enjoyment of this nationally critical infrastructure. The eight goals of the Dams Sector are as follows:

  1. Build Dams Sector partnerships and improve communication among all critical infrastructure partners;
  2. Identify Dams Sector composition, consequences, and critical assets;
  3. Improve the Dams Sector’s understanding of viable threats;
  4. Identify Dams Sector vulnerabilities;
  5. Identify the risks to Dams Sector critical assets;
  6. Develop guidance on how the Dams Sector will manage risks;
  7. Enhance the security and resilience of the Dams Sector through research and development (R&D) efforts; and
  8. Identify and address interdependencies.

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News & Announcements

Independent Study Course: Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats (IS-915)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released an online independent study course titled Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats (IS-915). The one-hour course was developed by the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Agency, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other Federal and state agencies. Read More.


Training Announcement: Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar

The Office of Infrastructure Protection within the National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the next Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar scheduled for January 14-15, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

This seminar will discuss basic concepts related to threat, vulnerability, and consequence as key risk variables. It will address relevant attack vectors, common physical vulnerabilities and related protective measures, including both land-side and waterside considerations. It will also discuss security and crisis management programs, including the development of security plans and incident response plans including basic cybersecurity and information assurance elements.

Please see the fact sheet for additional information regarding this training opportunity. The seminar will be conducted at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company (FDIC) building (10 Tenth Street NE, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30309).

Event: Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar
Date: 14-15 January 2014
Location: FDIC, 10 Tenth Street NE, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30309

You are encouraged to register early, as there is only room for 35 participants. To register for the seminar please follow the link above. If you have any questions, please contact the Dams Sector Specific Agency at

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