An Emergent Security Risk: Critical Infrastructures and Information Warfare

ABSTRACT

This paper examines the emergent security risk that information warfare poses to critical infrastructure systems, particularly as governments are increasingly concerned with protecting these assets against attack or disruption. Initially it outlines critical infrastructure systems and the notion of information warfare. It then discusses the potential implications and examining the concerns and vulnerabilities such cyber attacks would pose, utilising exemplar online attack occurrences. It then examines the current Australian situation before suggesting some considerations to mitigate the potential risk that information warfare poses to critical infrastructure systems, and by association: government, industry and the wider community.  


AUTHORS

School of Information Systems, Deakin University
Australia

Graeme Pye is a Lecturer with the School of Information Systems, Deakin University, Australia. He has successfully completed a PhD in critical infrastructure security and system modelling that involved developing a method utilising system security analysis and modelling at the School of Information Systems, Deakin University, Australia. Graeme is now continuing with further research as an early career researcher at the School of Information Systems and his research is continuing to focus on investigating the security aspects of Australian critical infrastructure and the relationships between associated infrastructures. Although, he is also interested in Information Warfare and benchmarking information security in business.

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RMIT University Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation
College of Business and Law, RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Centre for Cyber Security, Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering University of Johannesburg,
Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor Matt Warren is the Director of the RMIT Centre of Cyber Security Research and Innovation and a Professor of Cyber Security at RMIT University, Australia. Professor Warren is a researcher in the areas of cyber security and computer ethics. He has authored and co-authored over 300 books, book chapters, journal papers, and conference papers. He has received numerous grants and awards from national and international funding bodies, such as AustCyber, Australian Research Council (ARC); CyberCRC, Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK; National Research Foundation in South Africa and the European Union.

Professor Warren gained his PhD in Information Security Risk Analysis from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom and he has taught in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Professor Warren is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

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Keywords

A

AI
APT

C

C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

D

DNS
DoD
DoS

I

IA
ICS

S

SOA

X

XRY

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