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Which are the 16 officially classified “critical infrastructure sectors”?

PortandTerminal.com, March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON – States across the country are ordering non-essential businesses that are not part of the “critical infrastructure sectors” to close in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID19.

Now is an excellent time to review exactly which sectors in the country are officially classified as critical infrastructure.

16 critical infrastructure sectors

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.

Each sector in the list below is linked to Homeland Security’s CISA website that provides greater detail should you require more information about any of the sectors.

  1. Chemical sector
  2. Communications sector
  3. Dams sector
  4. Emergency services sector
  5. Financial services sector
  6. Government facilities sector (eg embassies, courthouses to name just two)
  7. Information technology sector
  8. Transportation systems sector
  9. Commercial facilities sector
  10. Critical manufacturing sector (eg iron mills, engine manufacturing etc)
  11. Defense industrial base sector
  12. Energy sector
  13. Food and agriculture sector
  14. Healthcare and public health sector
  15. Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste sector
  16. Water and Wastewater Systems sector

Click here to link directly the Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security page on Critical Infrastructure Sectors.

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