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ICIT Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence, Expands Focus on Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Impact on Americans’ Foundational Needs

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Washington, D.C., June 5, 2024 – The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a leading nonpartisan think-tank, announces the launch of several new initiatives in honor of its 10-year anniversary as it continues to meet generational challenges in securing the Nation’s critical infrastructures.

 

“A transformation in America is unfolding in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterized by a fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds,” ICIT CEO Cory Simpson said in a letter to the community. “Together, we will ensure the next generation inherits a world with a resilient infrastructure that enables them to survive and thrive.”

 

These planned initiatives include the upcoming launch of a multi-year effort to support civilian agencies through modernization and security, along with expanded brand identity and digital capabilities to enhance the Institute’s reach and impact.


Putting People at the Center of Critical Infrastructure

For over a decade, ICIT has fostered a cybersecurity renaissance aimed at improving the resilience of our Nation’s critical infrastructure, defending our democratic institutions, and empowering generations of cybersecurity leaders. The organization has educated tens of thousands of public and private sector leaders through public briefings, closed-door roundtables, virtual events, and an expansive library of in-depth resources.

 

“The genesis for ICIT was the realization that no entity existed for the sole purpose of fostering nonpartisan, vendor-agnostic collaboration among public and private sector critical infrastructure stakeholders,” said Parham Eftekhari, ICIT Founder and Chairman. “I am humbled and deeply grateful for the countless individuals and organizations that have sustained our growth through time, donations, and most importantly, trust.”

 

As the Institute embarks on its next era, ICIT’s most prominent focus is expanding the nonprofit’s mission to magnify the real-world implications around why improving the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure is paramount to providing for peoples’ foundational needs.

 

“Our dedication to this cause is fueled by a desire to see every community thrive with a robust and resilient infrastructure that meets everyone’s most essential needs, including secure housing, energy, food, water, and healthcare,” Simpson said. “In doing so, we can ensure that no one is left behind in this era of unprecedented change.”

 

This expansion of scope will include continuing and upcoming programs that convene experts to develop implementable solutions that address some of the most consequential challenges of our time. This effort will cover three pivotal areas:


Infrastructure – Building and deploying resilient critical infrastructures in the context of providing life-sustaining services to people and communities.


Technology – Demystifying and operationalizing linchpin technologies that are foundational to critical infrastructures.


Security – Strengthening critical infrastructures through technical and non-technical investments.


ICIT Unveils New Brand Identity to Commemorate Continued Commitment to Excellence and Purpose

As part of this expanded direction, ICIT announces the launch of its dynamic new logo, a centerpiece of its brand expansion project that designed to underscore the organization’s steadfast commitment and growth. This effort, developed over five months, introduces refreshed brand elements that align with the Institute’s core values and mission.


“In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, these enhancements are essential to promote ICIT’s visibility at the forefront of critical infrastructure research and advocacy,” said Eftekhari.


ICIT’s new logo features a vigilant eagle, symbolizing the organization’s role as a guardian in securing the Nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors – each represented by a star nestled within the eagle’s protective wingspan. The eagle’s forward gaze signifies an unwavering focus on the horizon and innovation. The vigilant guardian is perched on a bridge, representing critical infrastructure itself, illustrating the reinforced resiliency and continuous flow of information and ideas that connect people as our Nation builds towards a brighter tomorrow.


This project marks a significant milestone in ICIT’s journey, reflecting respect for its storied past and a bold vision for the future. Additionally, the organization is making substantial investments in its digital resources and brand identity to better serve its mission and stakeholders.


These efforts will culminate with the nonprofit’s upcoming Annual ICIT Gala and Benefit, a prestigious event that will commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary, highlight ICIT’s achievements, and set the stage for its ongoing endeavors. Attendees can look forward to an evening celebrating a decade of impactful research and advocacy, and an exciting vision for the future.

ABOUT ICIT

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) think-tank dedicated to improving the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure that provides for people’s foundational needs. ICIT takes no institutional positions on policy matters. Rather than advocate, ICIT is dedicated to being a resource for critical infrastructure, technology, and communities that are dedicated to making both more secure and resilient.

 

ICIT CONTACTS:

 

Parham Eftekhari

Founder and Chairman

 

Cory Simpson

Chief Executive Officer

 

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