Title: A Simple Representation Scheme to Model Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies
Citation: The International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation MAS2010 vol. HMS2010 p. 163-170
Publisher: DIPTEM, University of Genoa
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC61339
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC61339
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Modern societies rely on systems and assets called "Critical Infrastructures" (CI) for performing essential activities in sectors such as energy, transport and ICT. Technically, any CI is a complex system of systems, interacting with its operators and users. Depending on different factors e.g. location, strategic importance, CIs can be threaten by various types of events e.g. natural hazards, technological risks, terrorist attacks. Examples of CI disruptions show how serious the consequences can be in terms of economic impacts, societal disturbance, fatalities... Some modeling & simulation (M&S) approaches exist to better understand the functioning and vulnerabilities of CIs. However, only few handle CI Interdependency (CII) issues at a high, abstract level. Yet, a generic formalism capturing the functioning of any CI in a simple way would be useful. This paper proposes a preliminary development answering questions such as: How can CI performance be characterized? How can one simulate a what-if scenario?
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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