Program Profiles

Cyber Security for Process Control Systems Used in Critical Infrastructures (Secure ICS)

Dr. James Graham at the University of Louisville, will be assessing and developing technology, methods and educational support to mitigate vulnerabilities systems that control much of the nation’s critical infrastructure, specifically in the Water Sector.  This project will feature a detailed review and analysis of the ongoing research in the area, with particular attention to water system industrial control systems (ICS).


The Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) with the IMDSS-H add-on are web-based software tools and portals that organize incident-related information for public health first-responders in rural environments, supporting their efforts to save lives and protect property.

IMDSS-H provides an intuitive interface designed for easy navigation, allowing users to quickly accomplish public health incident resolution tasks. Whether used to communicate with personnel, organize a response, or get an accurate operational picture via real-time mapping, IMDSS-H removes barriers and speeds resource deployment for fast, efficient incident response.

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Incident Management & Decision Support System (IMDSS) - Health

Dr. Jim Gantt with Murray State University is working on a health care extension to the Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS™) which is under development on a different contract. IMDSS-H™ will add the functionality required to collect, process, and visualize public health information and use this information to aid in planning an effective response to potential medical and public health emergencies. The system will include medical resource allocation models.  


The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.