Network of Excellence in Internet Science

Internet as a Critical Infrastructure: Security, Resilience and Dependability Aspects

Emerging infrastructures and the Internet

This is my first blog about the workshop on Emerging Trends in Critical Infrastructure Protection on May 11-12 2015 in Semmering, Austria that was organized by JRA7 and SEA2 of the EINS project. It was on invitation and the attendants were a mix of ICT and social science academia, a governmental representative and stakeholders from industry (Orange, Huawei, Airbus, Hirschmann, and some SMEs). The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) has already generated and distributed a press release about the workshop:

Power under Control

On Friday April 24 2015 TUM attended a workshop under title "Power under Control"( It took place in the technology center for businesses and start-ups in the proximity of the TUM Campus in Garching. The main topic was the power supply and its automation and control for critical infrastructures. Prominent companies in the area like MTU, DEIF, and Westermo were present in the workshop.

What makes a critical infrastructure?

An interesting notion of understanding I got from our workshop at COOP 2014 in Nice and the conference afterwards is that an infrastructure is only then critical when its failure is noticed by humans and they are unhappy about the failure.

Alan Chamberlain had formulated that much better in his talk. Thus, there are so much more critical infrastructure things than the classic examples electricity and communication. Moreover, Internet may not always be one.

Report from our JRA7/JRA8 Workshop USRR 2014 (April 03, 2014 in Ghent)

JRA7 and JRA8 have organized a workshop on understanding the interplay between  sustainability, robustness and resilience (USRR 2014). It was held on April 03 2014 in Ghent in Belgium. There were 7 talks and about 20 People attended the workshop. A wide variety of topics were addressed. The keynote was given by Paolo Monti. It is important to avoid green at all cost solutions. Measures like sleep modes may interfere with resilience messures and may reduce time to failure and component lifetime.

CfP Critical Infrastructure Workshop on socio-technical issues in Nice, France, May 27 2014

Since not everyone may yet be aware of our workshop, here is the call for our multi-disciplinary JRA7 workshop on The Internet as Critical Infrastructure: socio-technical issues. You can either submit short position papers of 2 pages or long papers of 6 page size.

-> We offer travel grants for young reseachers.
-> Journal publication after the workshop.

Understanding, Modeling, and Impact of deviations in system operation due to social and organizational processes

I want to say a few words about JRA7 in this blog. JRA7 is about critical infrastructure research, in particular with respect to resilience, security, and dependability. This is an ICT problem, but not only as the following problem description shows. This is one example for research we want to discuss in JRA7 context and we would be interested in contributions in upcoming workshops (e.g. April 03, 2014 at DRCN in Ghent, check JRA7 blog for future posts on these workshops).

Internet Science at TUM seminars in Summer 2013

As a consequence of the EINS project, TUM started to hand out Internet Science topics in addition to traditional computer science topics to students in their seminars. The Internet Science topics are meant to have a computer science and a non-computer science side. The goal is to raise understanding and awareness of the interdisciplinary aspects found almost everywhere once computer science meets practise and systems get used. Seminars include a student presentation, a review process, and a seminar paper. Some of the student papers are published in the end in seminar proceedings.

[External Event] MetriSec 2012: 8th International Workshop on Security Measurements and Metrics: Call for Papers

September 21, 2012, Lund, Sweden

Workshop overview

Quantitative assessment is a major stumbling block for software and system security. Although some security metrics exist, they are rarely adequate. The engineering importance of metrics is intuitive: you cannot consistently improve what you cannot measure. Economics is an additional driver for security metrics: customers are unlikely to pay a premium for security if they are unable to quantify what they receive.

EINS meeting in INFSO newsletter


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10 April 2012 - 11 April 2012 Brussels, Belgium