Critical Infrastructure Center (CIC)
Welcome to Capitol Tech's hub of Critical Infrastructure (CI) and CI education!
Capitol Technology University is the first university to educate students in degree areas combining operations training of critical infrastructure facilities; critical information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) which can be vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially when coupled; the industrial internet of things (IIOT); and the cybersecurity needed to protect these facilities.
Why has the U.S. government designated 16 sectors of critical infrastructure? Because these sectors need cybersecurity, and other forms of protection, so we can maintain our lives. From the most basic aspects of life—having clean air to breathe and water to drink—to the more complex— coordinating airplane traffic and securing nuclear reactors, life as we know it depends on these 16 critical infrastructure sectors.
“We often take it for granted that we can turn on the faucet and there’s clean water, or that we can flip on the light switch and there’s electricity. We often think of critical infrastructure as operating behind the scenes. But if a power plant gets attacked and goes down, then electricity stops. If a water treatment plant gets attacked, then you don’t have clean drinking water” ~ Dr. Bradford Sims, President of Capitol Technology University
For more information, email CI@captechu.edu.
Businesses, governments, academia, and private citizens are dependent upon information technology, making this sector important to all aspects of our lives.
The Government Facilities Sector includes office buildings, embassies, courthouses, national laboratories, and special use military installations in the United States and overseas.
Anything that moves people and/or goods—train, planes, boats, highways, mass transit, pipelines and shipping services—is protected by the Transportation Systems Sector.
The Chemical Sector protects the manufacturing, storing, and transporting of the potentially dangerous chemicals that are used to create more than 70,000 products we use daily.
The Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector secures everything from the power reactors that provide electricity to millions of Americans, to the medical isotopes used to treat cancer patients.
The Financial Services Sector needs protection from large-scale power outages, natural disasters, and an increase in the number and sophistication of cyberattacks.
The Defense Industrial Base Sector plays a vital role in the design, development, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons, systems and more.
Water & Wastewater
Thanks to the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector, the approximately 153,000 public drinking water systems and more than 16,000 publicly owned wastewater treatment systems are protected.
The Healthcare and Public Health Sector protects Americans from hazards such as terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.
Thank the Commercial Facilities Sector for the safety and security of people in crowded settings such as; hotels, convention centers, amusement parks, museums, offices, shopping malls, zoos, apartments, casinos, and sports stadiums.
The Emergency Services Sector coordinates the efforts of millions of people who provide prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery services during both day-to-day operations and incident response.
The Communications Sector is a complex web of terrestrial, satellite, and wireless transmission systems that enables banks to transmit transactions, paramedics to respond to emergencies, and people to communicate.
- BS in Construction Management and Critical Infrastructure
- BS in Facilities Management and Critical Infrastructure
- MS in Critical Infrastructure
- PhD in Critical Infrastructure
The global market for CI protection is expected to grow from its current $18.07 billion to $55.0 billion by 2030, growing at the rate of CAGR 11.7%
Critical Infrastructure in Practice
Capitol is Becoming a New Hub for Critical Infrastructure Education
Our lives depend on critical infrastructure. Yet most people rarely keep it in mind, says the president of Capitol Technology University, Dr. Bradford L. Sims.Read more
Critical Infrastructure – The Benefits and Risks of IT and OT Coupling
Industries designated as critical infrastructure rely as heavily on IT as any other industry, though due to their designation as essential services it is an imperative to ensure they remain operational above all other non-essential services.Read more
Critical Infrastructure – How Refineries Work
Of these 16 sectors designated as essential, the energy sector is considered uniquely critical because it facilitates most, if not all, of the other sectors functionalityRead more
(Part 1) Critical Infrastructure: Space Security and Cybersecurity Intersect
As our nation responds to the COVID 19 pandemic, the outbreak presents an opportunity to reflect and review how our nation is preparing for other possible or potential catastrophic events, or seemingly unimaginable events, such as a war in space. The UnitRead more
(Part 2) Critical Infrastructure: Sectors Rely on Strong Space Security
Foreign competitors and adversaries can conduct electronic attacks to disrupt, deny, deceive or degrade space services by attacking the segments in space, on the ground, or through the user or the links themselves.Read more
What’s Still Running? The Impact of COVID-19 On Critical Infrastructure
With many businesses changing their practices or being forced to shut down entirely in the wake of the pandemic, what’s going on with those critical services that affect all of us?Read more