Protected Critical
Infrastructure Information

The Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program, established by the Department of Homeland Security in response to the Critical Infrastructure Information Act of 2002, enables the private sector to voluntarily share sensitive information about critical infrastructure with government entities. The act protects information validated as PCII from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), state sunshine laws, and from use in civil litigation.

PCII provides government agencies with critical information to assess threats and vulnerabilities. Analysts may use this information to evaluate physical security risks, create reports suggesting improvements to our country’s emergency preparedness, or assist in disaster recovery planning.

The PCII Program gives the highest priority to safeguarding information submitted by private companies. Government entities must meet basic requirements for safeguarding PCII and be formally accredited by the PCII Program Office. The Program Office will monitor on-going compliance with these requirements to ensure PCII is not mishandled or misused. Program success depends on ensuring that information shared by the private sector remains protected.

If your program needs critical infrastructure information, please contact the PCII Program Office to advise what critical infrastructure information is needed. The Program Office will work with you to receive and protect this information. Contact the PCII Program Office at 202-360-3023 or via e-mail at pcii-info@dhs.gov.

For general information and updates on the PCII Program, visit www.dhs.gov/pcii. For specific user information, click on “Information for Potential Users of PCII” or on “Frequently Asked Questions: Use of PCII.”

 

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