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By Ted G. Lewis

This booklet deals a different medical method of the hot box of serious infrastructure safeguard: it makes use of community conception, optimization thought, and simulation software program to investigate and know the way infrastructure sectors evolve, the place they're weak, and the way they could top be secure. the writer demonstrates that infrastructure sectors as diversified as water, energy, strength, telecommunications, and the net have remarkably comparable buildings. This statement results in a rigorous method of vulnerability research in all of those sectors. The analyst can then come to a decision tips on how to allocate restricted cash to reduce danger, despite zone.

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The attacker has the luxury of optimizing when, where, and how it attacks. The defender does not. In fact, the defender must prevent any attack at any time and with any number of weapons. It would seem that the defender is heavily disadvantaged, regardless of strategy. The attacker – defender paradigm is asymmetric. Therefore the defender must think asymmetrically too. Asymmetric warfare is an art, but it is an art that can be acquired and perfected. The example given in this chapter—launching killerviruses from popular Internet hubs—is but one example of how to counter the cyber threat using asymmetric thinking.

If CIP embraces nearly everything, perhaps it has lost its focus. What then is the main goal of CIP? According to the National Strategy document produced by the Department of Homeland Security11: The first objective of this Strategy is to identify and assure the protection of those assets, systems, and functions that we deem most ‘critical’ in terms of national-level public health and safety, governance, economic and national security, and public confidence. We must develop a comprehensive, prioritized assessment of facilities, systems, and functions of national-level criticality and monitor their preparedness across infrastructure sectors.

And in 2003, the “once-in-a-thousand year” blackout was caused by a software failure complicated by a tripped power line. None of these massive failures were caused by a power plant failure. The largest single source of power generation in the United States is Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State. What would happen if it failed? Less than 1% of the national supply of electric power would go off line. A change of less than 1% would not even cause the lights to dim or an air conditioner to stall, because the grid can redirect power from one region to another without much advance notice.

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