Identification

Name

Critical Infrastructure Protection Decision Support System

Short name

CIPDSS

Contact people
(1) Rene LeClaire, Scientist, rjl@lanl.gov
Created

2014-04-30 22:14:54+00:00

Modified

2015-12-04 00:36:42.044535+00:00

Overview

Types
(1) Disease Dynamics
Overview

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Decision Support System (CIPDSS), a set of interconnected simulation models, provides information and decision support for the protection of 17 critical infrastructures based on an assessment of risks accounting for the likelihood of threat, vulnerabilities, and uncertain consequences associated with terrorist activities, natural disasters, and accidents.

Question

- What is the impact of terrorist activities, natural disasters, and accidents on critical infrastructures in the US?
- Are there critical points in our Nation’s infrastructures (i.e., areas where one or two attacks could have extensive cascading consequences)?
- What and where are these points?
- What are the highest risk areas from a perspective incorporating consequence, vulnerability, and threat?
- What investment strategies can the U.S. make that will have the most impact in reducing overall risk?

Purpose

Assessment

Scope

Disease and Location

Goals
(1) Consequence management
(2) Situational awareness
Decision support

Yes

Based on
Documents
(1) Document Samsa M, Van Kuiken J, Jusko M: Critical infrastructure proteciton decision support system decis… (2008)
Notes
(2) Document Fair JM, Powell DR, LeClaire RJ, Moore LM, Wilson ML, et al.: Measuring the uncertainties of pan… (2012)
Notes

Utility and readiness

Maintenance status

Active

Readiness

Deployed

Organizations
(1) Organization United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Role Funding support
Independently tested

No

Compared to model

No

Verification & validation notes

CIPDSS has been subjected to a number of independent reviews and benchmarks.  In 2006 LANL assembled a set of experts outside LANL (or any of the Labs involved in CIPDSS development) to review CIPDSS and they submitted a formal report based on two days of briefings and additional question responses.  I’ve attached that report.  CIPDSS has also been independently reviewed by Dr, Laura Steinberg at Southern Methodist University and  Dr. Glenn Millner of the University of Arkansas.  Numerous publications and presentations have been made at conferences and government entities (such as the CDC) including several articles in peer reviewed publications.  A few of the models have been developed in collaboration with outside experts – an example is the telecommunications model that was worked on in collaboration with Lucent Technologies (formerly, Bell Laboratories).  We collaborate with Dr. Gary Hirsch on the development of the disease and public health models.  The disease model has been benchmarked against EpiSims, a model of disease spread at the individual activity level.  The disease model as an integral part of assembled infrastructure models in a simulator was reviewed by a team of doctors and hospital administrators in Boston.  CIPDSS also worked with a team from Australia who were developing their own infrastructure modeling capability.  Their initial approach was based in part on CIPDSS.

Sensitivity analysis

Yes

Uncertainty documented

Yes

Availability

Computational platform

Cross Platform

Implementation language

Vensim

Developer contacted

Yes

Adaptation cost

Hours

Input

Input datasets
(1) Name Infrastructure
Category Established Databases
Subject
URL
Notes
(2) Name Population
Category Established Databases
Subject
URL
Notes