Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-7 defined infrastructure as the physical systems as those that are ‘so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health, or safety.”
Q+E provides forensic engineering and scientific analyses in the areas of critical infrastructure protection and civilian technologies. CIP includes the following areas:
+ Banking and finance.
+ Information technology and communications.
+ Federal and municipal services.
+ Emergency services.
+ Fire Departments.
+ Law Enforcement Agencies.
+ Public works.
Under the DHS certification, Q+E is authorized to conduct the following independent and objective homeland security Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) assessments:
+ Analytical. Q+E engineers and scientists conduct analytical analysis following Q+E protocols evaluating IT and cyber security systems against IEEE, PMI, ISO, NIST, and AEC standards.
+ Assurance. Q+E can offer the client three levels of assurance:
o Compliance. Q+E conducts a compliance audit using COBIT, NIST, or ISO standards.
o Assurance with opinion. Q+E issues an opinion based on the results of a governance, risk, and compliance audit.
o Assurance with DHS Safety Act coverage. Q+E conducts an audit and provides the requisite level of due diligence and due care for the auditee to be covered by the Safety Act against domestic and state-sponsored terrorism.
+ Forensics. Q+E provides all of the above levels of assurance as well as supplies a letter to DHS averring compliance that above criteria have been met. Critical infrastructure consists of systems and networks that if interrupted, destroyed, or disrupted will have dire consequences.