IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

A Preamble to Critical Infrastructure Modelling

Listed author(s):
  • David Ward


    (Traceability and Vulnerability Assessment Unit, JRC-Ispra)

Registered author(s):

Infrastructures, such as plant and services that are critical for the safe and nominal operation of society can be loosely defined as ‘critical infrastructures’ and can take on many different forms e.g. sectoral such as transport systems or components such as high-voltage power lines. The paper is split into 4 parts including: Basic overview of critical infrastructures according to the recent EU directive 2008-114-EC which is the basis for the identification of European critical infrastructures: A simple didactic kernel model consisting of two infrastructures; An overview of three alternative analytical tools for networks and; A summarized Table of modelling techniques from component to system-of-system levels. The kernel model explores 4 different cases of disruption (without recovery) and hence how this might propagate with consequent cascading effects and complete seizure of the network. Three other modelling techniques are then briefly discussed, namely, Petri nets, the Input-output model and agent based modelling. The paper closes with possible developments of the network and what tools may be exploited to model more complex situations and successfully tackle the resulting challenges.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Article provided by ASERS Publishing in its journal Journal of Advanced Research in Management.

Volume (Year): I (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 56-78

in new window

Handle: RePEc:srs:jarm12:5:v:1:y:2010:i:1:p:56-78
Contact details of provider: Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:srs:jarm12:5:v:1:y:2010:i:1:p:56-78. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Andy Stefanescu)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.