2nd International Workshop on Critical Information Infrastructures Security
October 3-5, 2007, Benalmadena-Costa (Malaga), Spain

(Including ITCIP '07, Information Technology for Critical Infrastructure Protection)

Resilient Critical Information Infrastructures: a myth or a realistic target?

Chair: Jacques Bus, European Commission, INFSO Unit "Security".


Today, the functioning of large complex Critical Infrastructures (CI's) is virtually inseparable from Information and Communication Technology (ICT). ICT supports CI's to become globally interconnected and exhibit autonomous and remote operations. It renders them more intelligent and versatile, but it also makes them more complex and interdependent, more difficult to manage and control, and therefore more vulnerable. The increasing man-made and natural threats and vulnerabilities that CI's are facing today stimulate key CI private and public stakeholders to look for new solutions for protecting them efficiently and for guaranteeing sustained service provisioning. At the same time, increased deregulation and open competition, pushes CI stakeholders to embrace new business models based on 'service utility' paradigms that would permit them to sustain profits and capture new market opportunities.

Objectives of the Panel
System, organisational and business resilience is a new paradigm that is heavily under discussion by the research stakeholders involved in the protection of CI's. It represents a shift in the perception as well as in the research and organisational priorities of the stakeholders in order to address the aforementioned issues.

The Panellists will overview the latest progress in technologies and research practices in system and organisational resilience. Issues that will be debated include: where we are we from the viewpoints of policy, technology and software development and what should be the building blocks of resilient systems? Which are the most important open research issues that need to be addressed? What is required to be put in place for making it happen in terms of research, strategic partnerships and effective dialogue, and others (incl. policy making)? What could be the contribution of international co-operation activities?

UMA Last Modified: September 2007