Infrastructure Protection

The Infrastructure Protection (IP) Team provides leadership and support to Colorado communities through working with private industry, state, local, tribal, territorial and federal partners to protect structures as well as systems and assets that are vital to Colorado’s infrastructure (e.g. Government facilities, Energy, Food and Agriculture, and thirteen other sectors defined by the US Department of Homeland Security).

The section manages the state’s involvement in multiple critical infrastructure related federal programs and works to integrate provisions of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) into Colorado’s State Homeland Security. The section spearheads innovative ways to encourage owners and operators of critical infrastructure to share information and partner with the state to protect our vital infrastructure.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
As Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) continue to evolve, the threat they present to critical infrastructure is expected to increase. Affordability, accessibility, technological advancements, and ease of use, make UAS an attractive method for individuals and/or groups to carry out nefarious activities. UAS has been widely used to carry out attacks against people and infrastructure outside the United States, foreshadowing the potential for UAS attacks on U.S. soil in the near future. To maintain a proactive posture, the Colorado Information Analysis Center’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Team has created this page to promote awareness and provide resources to partners regarding this emerging threat. 

IP Working Groups

This work group is for individuals who are interested in attending regular meetings, receiving UAS updates and information, and hearing briefings from UAS experts.

This work group is dedicated to individuals working around elections to share cybersecurity threats and issues – both from a physical security and cybersecurity standpoint. 

Cyber Critical Infrastructure Pros
Critical Infrastructure Pros is for IT and cybersecurity professionals working in critical infrastructure to share up-to-date, local threats and vulnerabilities, mitigation strategies and best practices.

Additional Resources
We work with partners across the state to offer support across a wide variety of needs. If you have any questions about the following resources, please do not hesitate to contact our Infrastructure Protection Team at

CIAC IP Team Support
The Infrastructure Protection (IP) Team is part of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC), focused on fostering information sharing around critical infrastructure threats and best practices. Our core services include the following:
  • Incident Response Support – If you think you have had an incident, our team can work with you to walk through the steps to contain the threat and support investigation around the incident. We can also work with your team to help build out an incident response plan, and practice it, so your organization is prepared to respond in case there is an incident.
  • Facility Assessments – Our team conducts free facility assessments that focus on identifying how your organization appears publicly and what vulnerabilities may exist on that public-facing front. This assessment can also include a review of steps to reduce your organization’s vulnerability. 
  • Tabletop Exercise support – If you are interested in hosting a table top exercise to assess various aspects of your critical infrastructure security, our team is happy to support setting it up and running through it with you.
  • Information sharing – We help facilitate ongoing information and best practice sharing across all critical sectors. Join one of our Working Groups listed above to begin sharing information with other critical infrastructure partners.
  • Analysis – We analyze previous critical infrastructure incidents and threats to identify trends and ways to better support critical infrastructure partners in protecting their assets.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers additional free tools and resources to all types of organizations. 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers additional free tools and resources to all types of organizations.