Critical Infrastructure: Understanding Its Component Parts, Vulnerabilities, Operating Risks, and Interdependencies

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  • Includes 200 tables which allow for speedy access to precise data
  • Uses more than 100 illustrations for rapid consumption of complex ideas
  • Applies metrics to a problem that has been previously dealt with using intuition only

 

Summary

Critical Infrastructure (CI) is fundamental to the functioning of a modern economy, and consequently, maintaining CI security is paramount. However, despite all the security technology available for threats and risks to CI, this crucial area often generates more fear than rational discussion. Apprehension unfortunately prompts many involved in CI policy to default to old-fashioned intuition rather than depend on modern concrete risk assessment as the basis for vital security decisions.

Going beyond definitions, Critical Infrastructure: Understanding Its Component Parts, Vulnerabilities, Operating Risks, and Interdependencies looks at the iron triangle within CI: power, telecom, and finance. It introduces the concept of CI as an industrial and enterprise risk conductor, highlighting the reality that a CI failure can propagate a crisis with far-reaching repercussions.

Focuses on Canada and the US Equally for a Useful Cross-Border Security Analysis

With $2.5 trillion at stake in United States’ CI alone, supreme standards and metrics are mandatory for solid protection of such a sophisticated and complex area. This powerful volume is dedicated to moving CI security into the 21st century, illustrating the danger in basing critical CI policy decisions on the existing legacy frames of reference. It represents one of the first complete departures from policy, planning, and response strategies based on intuition and anecdotal evidence.

Table of Contents

Critical Infrastructure: What, Who Cares, and Why

Econometrics and Critical Infrastructure Interdependency

Information and Data Dependency Analysis

Correlation, Dependency Latency, and Vulnerabilities of Critical

Infrastructure

Critical Infrastructure Threat–Risk

Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Case Studies

Index

Editorial Reviews

Going beyond definitions, this book looks at all the defined CI sectors and suggests previously overlooked, yet critical, industries for inclusion in revised definitions. Authored by a leading security specialist, this powerful volume includes more than 200 tables and 100 figures that illustrate key concepts, considers all CI sectors for a 360-degree view, and focuses on Canada and the US equally to provide a useful cross-border security analysis. Dedicated to moving CI security into the 21st century, this book illustrates the danger in basing critical CI policy decisions on the existing legacy frames of reference. It represents one of the first complete departures from policy, planning, and response strategies based on intuition and anecdotal evidence.

MCEER, May 2010

Macaulay captures the crux of CI – its complex interdependencies – but does so in a clear, concise, and compelling way, providing the fundamentals for approaching CI in a manner familiar to security professionals: risk assessment. … The text is extremely well-written …
—J. Kelly Stewart, Certified Forensic Consultant, writing in Security Management, April 2010