Preparedness, Protection, and Response
One of the unique strengths that MITRE brings to this arena is our ability to collaborate openly across the company, applying solutions developed for one homeland security mission partner to the challenges faced by others.
DHS is responsible for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. HS SEDI's Preparedness, Protection, and Response (PP&R) portfolio assists DHS in enhancing the nation's protection by countering threats—whether physical, cyber, or human—and increasing resiliency through swift, effective recovery of national assets, key resources, and people.
To accomplish this goal, and mitigate the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, the PP&R work portfolio emphasizes systems engineering and cross-cutting mission integration for our sponsor. The PP&R portfolio is aligned with the following DHS missions, as outlined in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (February 2010):
- Mission 1: Preventing Terrorism and Enhancing Security
- Mission 4: Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace
- Mission 5: Ensuring Resilience to Disasters
Major elements of our work include: organizational transition; identifying critical public roles; becoming a key part of state and local coordination; and identifying common challenges, problems, needs and opportunities. The work is divided into two main areas:
- Critical infrastructure protection: Stakeholder outreach and integration, data collection and management, and regulatory oversight and sector security compliance.
- Communications and cyber strategy: National communications system engineering, command and coordination capability, and securing cyberspace and the country’s cyber assets.
Through the PP&R portfolio we provide systems engineering and acquisition management support to:
How MITRE Is Helping
- Using Cyber Common Sense to Combat Threats to Privacy and Security. By using a MITRE-developed technique called EARNEST, email users can ward off phishing attempts that endanger personal and business information security.
- Mission Not Impossible: Defending IT Systems Through Mission Assurance. To defend IT systems against adversaries, experts rely on a strategy known as mission assurance. MITRE takes a multi-faceted approach to mission assurance that helps the government fight through attacks and bounce back quickly.
- MITRE's Cyber Security Operations Center Helps Sponsors Keep Networks Secure. To counter advanced cyber threats from malicious code, viruses, and hackers, MITRE created a Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC). Our sponsors, who have larger networks, can use the CSOC to extrapolate best practices for their own network environments.
- Cultural Semiotics for
Counter Insurgency Operations & Intelligence. Research about
people and how they interact with each other, as relevant for national
- Intentions, Motivations,
and Unconventional Weapons. Research into the use of standard social
science methods to analyze the intentions and motivations of groups
that use chemical or biological weapons, to improve risk assessments
of adversarial groups.
Performance Computing for Disease Surveillance. Research initiative
explores the use of new information infrastructures to support real-time
surveillance of pandemic influenza, biological warfare, and infectious
- Protecting One
of the Nation's Critical Infrastructures: Healthcare. Report on efforts to
help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Public
Health Emergency Preparedness to strengthen the security of the U.S.
healthcare and public health infrastructure and ensure rapid response
to incidents threatening public health.
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