NATO and critical infrastructure resilience: planning for the unknown

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Critical infrastructure is vital for modern existence. It includes communications and the Internet, the logistics of food and water supplies, and transport on the roads, in the air, on water, and by rail. The supply and distribution of gasoline and electricity is perhaps the most important aspect, as it underpins our entire critical infrastructure and indeed our modern way of life. Without power nothing can operate. Our critical infrastructure is however subject to ever increasing asymmetric threats. Such threats can arise from industrial accidents, extreme weather, and deliberate sabotage caused by terrorists and extreme protest. Moreover, those that wish to do harm have an ever increasing ease of access to vital critical infrastructure systems by way of ‘cyber’ information technology. Since 9/11, NATO has adapted to face these new challenges. Continuing this adaptation is vital. The paper argues that information-sharing and emergency planning based on resilience and flexibility is the key way in which we can address these new challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical infrastructure protection
EditorsMatthew Edwards
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781614993575
ISBN (Print)9781614993568
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventNATO Advanced Research Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection - Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 2 May 20123 May 2012

Publication series

NameNATO Science for Peace and Security Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)1874-6276
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8268


ConferenceNATO Advanced Research Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection


  • Critical infrastructure and resilience
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Emergency planning
  • Cybersecurity
  • NATO


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