The CIP Report

Teaching Homeland Security: A European Approach

Posted: August 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm, Last Updated: September 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Maria Carla De Maggio and Roberto Setola Abstract The appropriate curriculum to build a strong Homeland Security Master’s program is challenging because the environment has no well-defined boundaries.  Indeed, creating a static curriculum would not adequately address the ever-changing needs of our global security concepts. Furthermore, academia is not constrained to a particular definition of […]

Resilience Index: An Alternative in Resilience Measurement

Posted: August 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm, Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 11:43 am

By Francisco José Miranda Perales   In recent times, resilience has been proposed almost systematically as a response and solution every time a crisis has occurred. However, how can we know whether the solutions adopted to achieve resilience are sufficient? Providing an answer to this question is not possible without finding a way to measure […]

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience of the Republic of Croatia

Posted: August 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

by Robert Mikac, PhD, and Ivana Cesarec   The Republic of Croatia is the latest country to accede to the European Union,[1] and as such, has the obligation to normatively arrange and regulate issues of identification, determination and protection of European critical infrastructure. Specified obligations emerge from  Council Directive 2008/114/EC on the Identification and Designation […]

NATO Article 5 and Cyber Warfare: NATO’s Ambiguous and Outdated Procedure for Determining When Cyber Aggression Qualifies as an Armed Attack

Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:24 am, Last Updated: August 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

Stephen Jackson, J.D., Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, George Mason University Introduction At the outset of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) founding, the original 12 Western nations included Article 5 within the Washington Treaty, which codified the concept of collective self-defense, first featured in the Charter of the United Nations of 1945.[1]  […]

Lessons and Needs for Improving Critical Infrastructures’ Resilience

Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:47 am, Last Updated: August 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

Paul Théron, PhD, FBCI Developing a critical infrastructure’s aptitude for resilience requires proper concepts and definitions as well as good governance.[1] This short paper presents seven lessons about resilience of critical infrastructures (CI) that imply a need for more adequate related standards. The first lesson that must be brought forward is that beyond the wide […]

From the Director – May/June 2016

Posted: June 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of The CIP Report, in which we focus on security and resilience issues of the Energy Sector. This “lifeline” critical infrastructure sector is always a source of rich insights and path breaking research. In our first offering, Martin Kessler from AES Corporation examines the events surrounding the power outage […]

Cyber Security of Energy Systems:  Institutional Challenges

Posted: June 7, 2016 at 10:51 am, Last Updated: June 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

Jennifer F. Sklarew, Ph.D. Senior Fellow for Energy Policy, Center for Energy Science and Policy, George Mason University Introduction To promote energy security, efficiency, and sustainability, many national and local governments continue to advance adoption of smart technologies for energy systems.  These smart systems rely more heavily on interconnected IT networks than traditional energy systems.  […]

Modeling Electric Power and Natural Gas Systems Interdependencies

Posted: June 3, 2016 at 9:55 am, Last Updated: June 10, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Edgar Portante, Brian Craig, Jim Kavicky, Leah Talaber, and Stephen Folga Risk and Infrastructure Science Center Global Security Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory Introduction Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) proposes a Resilient Infrastructure Initiative to leverage basic and applied science and technology to develop next-generation infrastructure risk assessment models.[1] One of the primary goals of the […]

Lessons Learned from the Power Outage in Ukraine and How the Electric Grid of the Future Will Reduce Cybersecurity Risk

Posted: May 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm, Last Updated: August 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm

By Martin Kessler, InfraGardNCR Energy Sector Chief First of its kind From the vantage point of the 225,000[1] Ukrainian customers who lost power on December 23, 2015, it was an ordinary outage.  Customers routinely lose power in Ukraine, particularly in the cold winter months, and since electricity was returned to most customers in less than six hours, […]

Resilience Required! – The Struggle to Educate America about EMP and Secure the U.S. Electric Grid

Posted: May 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: May 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Ronald Jacobus III and Tommy Waller Introduction Imagine that all of a sudden your life drastically changes. The cell phone in your hand, which functioned just moments ago, will no longer send texts, make calls, or connect to the Internet. Your vehicle, with the key still in the ignition and your foot on the gas, […]