Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Emergency and Disaster Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christina Spoons

Abstract

This research addresses the importance of cybersecurity resilience for critical infrastructure and key resources for emergency managers in their communities. The issue is framed by the relevance for practitioners, the challenging legal and policy landscape, and the criticality of the public-private sector dynamic in achieving greater resilience against cyber threats. Leveraging a qualitative research methodology, the findings and recommendations affirm the salience of the topic for emergency managers. Incongruent policy and legislation coupled with insufficient collaboration between the public sector and private sector owners of critical infrastructure requires emergency managers to draw upon their knowledge, skills, and abilities as they seek to address the issue in their planning and preparedness efforts.

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