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What is Critical Infrastructure?

 , updated on January 15, 2018
Critical infrastructure are foundational services that are important to the security and economy of a nation. This is typically regarded as a priority for development, maintenance, security, information security and resilience. The following are common examples of critical infrastructure.

Transportation

Transportation infrastructure such as airports, bridges, tunnels, railroads and stations.

Energy

Energy infrastructure such as dams, power plants and grids.

Health

Healthcare facilities such as hospitals.

Water

Water including systems for water supply and treatment.

Government

The structures and systems that are required to operate essential government services including emergency services.

Food

Food such as elements of the commercial sector that produce and distribute food.

Communications

Communications such as an internet backbone.

Information Technology

Information technology such as data centers.

Safety

Safety systems such as flood prevention infrastructure, earthquake warning systems and tsunami shelters.

Finance

Financial systems such as markets, payments and banking services.

Industry

Industries that handle hazardous materials and chemicals may be deemed critical infrastructure for the purposes of security.
Overview: Critical Infrastructure
Type
Definition
Foundational services that are critical to the security and economy of a nation, region or city.
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