Critical Infrastructure: Where Do We Stand Today? A Comprehensive and Comparative Study of the Definitions of a Critical Infrastructure

Abstract:

The concept of ‘critical infrastructure’ has become a key issue as far as the cyber dimension is concerned. All industrialized nation-states that depend on information and communication technologies have defined this concept or established a list of critical sectors to identify their critical infrastructures. Despite the high number of definitions, none of them considers a realistic view of a critical infrastructure as it tends to be reduced to its simple computerized dimension. The survey of definitions of critical infrastructure presented in this paper highlights the omissions in these definitions. This paper suggests the need for a new definition of critical infrastructure—a definition which includes the missing elements identified herein.


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Photo of Cecilia Gallais

TEVALIS Rennes,
France

Cecilia Gallais joined TEVALIS in the framework of a thesis on the formalization and establishment of an algebraic model for the cyberattack and critical infrastructure concepts. She studied mathematics and cryptography at the University of Rennes in France and completed an internship at Orange Labs in Caen, France.

Photo of Eric Filiol

E.S.I.E.A Laval,
France

Eric Filiol is the head of the (C+V)O Research Lab at ESIEA, France and a senior consultant in offensive cyber security and intelligence. He spent 22 years in the French Army (Infantry/Marine Corps). He holds an Engineer diploma in cryptology, a doctorate in applied mathematics and computer science, and a Habilitation Thesis in computer science. He also graduated from NATO in InfoOps. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal in Computer Virology and has been a speaker at international security events including Black Hat, CCC, CanSecWest, PacSec, Hack.lu, Brucon, and H2HC.

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