Security of Critical Information Infrastructures

Reuter C, ed. Information Technology for Peace and Security: IT Applications and Infrastructures in Conflicts, Crises, War, and Peace. (Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany), 319–339; ISBN 978-3-658-25652-4

Posted: 11 Apr 2019

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Tobias Dehling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Sebastian Lins

University of Cologne

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne

Date Written: March 13, 2019

Abstract

The rapid evolution of information technologies in the past decades gave information systems an increasingly central role in society. Some of these information systems are now so critical that their disruption or unintended consequences can have detrimental effects on vital societal functions. This chapter clarifies the concept of critical information infrastructures. After a brief introduction to salient characteristics and main functions of critical information infrastructures, the chapter discusses threats and risks critical information infrastructures are confronted with and presents approaches to master these challenges. Recent attacks and disruptions of critical information infrastructures, such as Cambridge Analytica, WannaCry, the Mirai Botnet, and Microsoft Tay, are presented for illustrative purposes. Critical information infrastructures often linger unnoticed and their vital role in society remains unheeded. This chapter provides the foundations required to understand and protect critical information infrastructures so that they can be appropriately managed before adverse consequences manifest.

Keywords: critical information infrastructures, information security

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Dehling, Tobias and Lins, Sebastian and Sunyaev, Ali, Security of Critical Information Infrastructures (March 13, 2019). Reuter C, ed. Information Technology for Peace and Security: IT Applications and Infrastructures in Conflicts, Crises, War, and Peace. (Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany), 319–339; ISBN 978-3-658-25652-4 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3354471

Tobias Dehling (Contact Author)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

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Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Sebastian Lins

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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