Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience
Critical infrastructure systems in the United States are increasingly intertwined and interdependent. By assessing and prioritizing risks, and by engaging stakeholders across the public and private sectors in integrated planning, training, and exercise efforts, ICF helps to enhance the resilience of critical infrastructure across the country. With a diverse team of industry specialists, planners, emergency responders, former government officials, and specific hazards specialists, ICF is exceptionally positioned to help stakeholders manage risks and enhance resilience.
Societal and Community Resilience
Achieving a society resilient to disasters requires all sectors of the community to become active participants in preparedness and response. ICF applies the full range of services, from research and evaluation, risk communication, and behavioral science to current threats facing the public. Through techniques that include capacity building, strategic communications, partner engagement, community organization, social networking, and training and education, we integrate multiple strategies to foster systemic, institutionalized impact at work, at home, and in the community.
Sustainable enterprise resilience requires energy assurance. Ensuring a resilient society and nation demands the existence of field-tested and comprehensive energy assurance plans that are owned by stakeholders. These plans should include processes to identify and protect critical infrastructure; assess alternatives for assuring energy supply in case of disruptions—including renewable and smart grid; establish clear lines of communication between local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders; create and update energy emergency procedures that are proactive; and consider interdependencies between various forms of energy supply and infrastructure. ICF has years of experience working with a diverse slate of stakeholders to formulate and evaluate such plans.
ICF understands the importance of secure and resilient information systems. For systems to effectively power critical infrastructure cyber assets and to collect, analyze, and share information, they must have security features that address and withstand accidental and intentional attacks. ICF’s highly technical cybersecurity capabilities have positioned its clients as centers of excellence within the U.S. Federal Government and have made them major collaborators in the expansion of cyber situational awareness and the sharing of best practices. We develop and implement end-to-end enterprise-level solutions in Computer Network Defense, Cloud Computing, Identity Management and Credentialing, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, Security Program Management, and Strategic Risk Management.
Public Safety and Security
Ensuring public safety during emergencies is critical to resilience. For years, ICF has worked with public safety and law enforcement personnel at the local, state, and federal levels to develop and exercise multijurisdictional security plans and to train personnel. ICF helps public safety agencies manage risk and efficiently allocate resources to solve complex problems. This ensures that the public safety system as a whole is more responsive and resilient toward natural disasters and acts of terrorism.
Emergency Public Health Preparedness
With expertise in epidemiology, all-hazards preparedness, and training and exercises, ICF offers a unique combination of emergency management and public health expertise that can better prepare the nation to respond to public health emergencies. As public health planning continues to expand at the regional and national levels, ICF offers years of experience assisting public health entities at the local, state, and federal levels. ICF also uses proven methodologies to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged throughout projects and that results are tangible and measurable, thus enhancing the resiliency of the public health community.
Climate change is increasing the frequency of adverse events, thus the need for resilient enterprises that can achieve a swift and robust return to normalcy after such events. ICF guides organizations in assessing the impacts, vulnerability, and risks they face from climate change, and in developing the innovative adaptation strategies, technical tools, and partnerships they need to manage those risks. ICF brings multidisciplinary teams with extensive knowledge of the environment, energy, transportation, human health, and other disciplines to these challenges.