City of Houston public safety agencies were featured in the AECOM Future of Infrastructure report, “Making Cities Resilient: Houston Takes a Cyber Stress Test,” for their participation in a dual-disaster simulation exercise.
The exercise required 135 participants to respond to two simultaneous incidents — a natural disaster and a cyberattack. It examined the challenges those incidents placed on critical infrastructure including assessing response capability, agency collaboration, communications interoperability and military integration.
Key participants included Larry Satterwhite, Assistant Chief, Houston Police Department; George Buenik, Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security; Jack Hanagriff, Law Enforcement Liaison; Mel Bartis, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator at City of Houston; and Mike Bell, Chief Technology Officer, Houston Police Department.
“We are used to dealing with things like power outages during hurricanes, but now I know to think broader about the potential causes. In future we’ll always question whether there is a cyber component in there," said Homeland Security Director George Buenik.
Read the highlights and takeaways from this exercise in the complete report.