Every nation has an obligation to protect the essential government, financial, energy, transportation, and other critical infrastructure operations against terrorist activities and natural disasters. MAX addresses homeland security and critical infrastructure needs through objective research and project management that assists national, state, and local agencies in preventing and mitigating terrorist activities, as well as in improving disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Our Nation’s well-being relies upon secure and resilient critical infrastructure—the assets, systems, and networks that underpin American society. Critical Infrastructure is the fundamental base of our country’s security, economy, and health. The MAX Team has led, or participated in, the development of national planning for cyber and CIP over the last 15 years – we know Risk Management & Leadership.
The U.S. protects critical infrastructure based on the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). The NIPP allows the reduction of risk in a critical sector through public-private partnerships between Government and Industry. Response to disasters and incidents of national significance are managed through the National Response Framework. Our team was instrumental in the develop of both these systems (NIPP and NRF).
Just as we all rely on critical infrastructure, we all play a role in keeping it strong, secure, and resilient. Securing and making critical infrastructure resilient is a shared responsibility—shared by Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; private companies; and individual citizens. MAX has experience bringing communities together to build capacity. Our team assisted in the development of Whole of Government initiatives with FEMA. We have assisted cities and counties to get the most out of their limited resources.
Because the clear majority of our nation’s critical infrastructure is privately owned and operated, both the government and private sector have formed vital partnerships to fulfill our shared responsibility to prevent and reduce the risks of disruptions to critical infrastructure. Together, public-private efforts to strengthen critical infrastructure help the public sector to enhance security and rapidly respond to and recover from all-hazards events and assist the private sector to restore business operations and minimize losses in the face of such an event.
Terrorists seek to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit critical infrastructure across the United States to threaten national security, cause mass casualties, weaken our economy, and damage public morale and confidence.
America’s open and technologically complex society includes a wide array of critical infrastructure and key resources that are potential terrorist targets. The majority of these are owned and operated by the private sector and State or local governments. These critical infrastructures are both physical and cyber-based and span all sectors of the economy.
Critical infrastructure owners and operators provide the essential services that underpin American society. The Nation possesses numerous key resources, whose exploitation or destruction by terrorists could cause catastrophic health effects or mass casualties comparable to those from the use of a weapon of mass destruction or could profoundly affect our national prestige and morale. In addition, there is critical infrastructure so vital that its incapacitation, exploitation, or destruction, through terrorist-attack, could have a debilitating effect on security and economic well-being.
While it is not possible to protect or eliminate the vulnerability of all critical infrastructure and key resources throughout the country, strategic improvements in security can make it more difficult for attacks to succeed and can lessen the impact of attacks that may occur. In addition to strategic security enhancements, tactical security improvements can be rapidly implemented to deter, mitigate, or neutralize potential attacks.
MAX recognizes that proactive measures must be taken to reinforce and uphold secure, operative, and resilient critical infrastructure; thus, our team provides strategic guidance to both the public and private sector. Our CEO, Mike Echols, leads a global effort to improve critical infrastructure and protection techniques through for-profit and non-profit efforts. Among his notable experiences, Mr. Echols Chaired the Communications Sector and developed national risk assessments for the Department of Homeland Security.