Under national policies for critical infrastructure protection, threat information is to be shared with private sector organizations through a combined effort of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the Intelligence Community, and various Sector-Specific
Agencies with unique expertise and relationships with a particular sector.
The Department has been assigned as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (the Sector)under Presidential Policy Directive 21 and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response carries out HHS responsibilities for coordinating a critical infrastructure protection partnership under PPD-21 through the Critical Infrastructure Protection Branch in the Office of Emergency Management.
As defined in its Sector-Specific Plan, the Sector consists of organizations representing multiple sub-sectors.
Direct Patient, Health Plans and Payers, Pharmaceuticals, Laboratories, and Blood, Medical Materials, Mortuary Care, Health Information Technology, Public Health The Department is responsible for collaborating and sharing information with private sector organizations across these sub-sectors on matters related to critical infrastructure security and resilience.