Title: A Kernel View of Critical Infrastructure Modeling
Citation: International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management vol. 3 no. 1/2 p. 98-128
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Limited
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC56401
ISSN: 1753-7169
URI: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijdsrm
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This short paper discusses the modeling of critical infrastructures (C.I.) by idealizing a monolith or basic architecture consisting of just 2 nodes and two edges with the intent to illustrate some of the basic characteristics of the kernel as well as understand what happens in the event of a disruption and how this might propagate with consequent cascading effects. The paper starts by first introducing the concept of sectoral infrastructures making reference to the recent EU directive 2008-114-EC which is the basis for the identification of European critical infrastructures. In the second part two arbitrary but dependent infrastructures are then considered (power station and water works) which form the basis of kernel network that is then subsequently analyzed under 4 different cases of disruption (without recovery). The analysis briefly discusses and describes the generic properties or features of the infrastructures and services. The paper closes with possible developments of the kernel network and what tools may be exploited to model more complex situations and successfully tackle the resulting challenges.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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