Critical infrastructure owners and operators lack a secure means to communicate with each other and with the government in the event that public networks are under threat, disrupted, or cannot be trusted. The Global Resilience Institute has created a Critical Infrastructure Network (CInet) to provide a separate and secure communications network for critical infrastructure owners and operations.
CInet allows for the government to share classified threat intelligence with approved partners in the private sector. It could also be used to move operational communications off the public internet and to restore communications in the event of a widespread internet outage. Working with partners in the private sector, the federal government, and state and local agencies, GRI is engaging in a feasibility study in the metropolitan Boston region and has begun preliminary technical design work.