Internet as a Critical Infrastructure: Security, Resilience and Dependability Aspects (JRA7)
About this Working Group
- WP leader: Internet as a Critical Infrastructure; Security, Resilience and Dependability aspects (Georg Carle)
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As the Internet replaces specially deployed data networks to become the carrier for an increasing number of critical applications - such as financial data transactions or security operations - the impact of failures in its operation can become dramatic. Essentially, the Internet has become a critical infrastructure, though it was not designed for this purpose. It is therefore imperative that we engage in a systematic approach to address risk and resilience to random failures, human errors, software or hardware faults, as well as political decisions and orchestrated malicious attacks at a broader socio-technical level, jointly investigating how threats arise, and how resilience and dependability can be provisioned. This approach will combine social actors using and operating critical applications on the Internet with work on the security and resilience of the Internet itself. This working group aims to integrate technical, economical, sociological, political and legal viewpoints and expertise in addressing the criticality of the Internet infrastructure and the challenges that may arise from usage patterns, technical faults, local political decisions or malicious attackers. It will also draw risk management studies into Internet Science, to promote the development of risk studies with the social phenomena arising on the Internet, and to jointly develop technical solutions that are aware of these aspects.