Critical Infrastructure System Security And Resiliency

Title:                      Critical Infrastructure System Security And Resiliency

Author:                  Betty Biringer

Biringer, Betty E. (2013), Eric Vugrin, and Drake Warren. Critical Infrastructure System Security And Resiliency. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

LCCN:    2013003042

HV6432 .B57 2013


  • “Part l: Security risk assessment. Chapter 1. Introduction to Security Risk Assessment As our nation moves forward in the age of information and global economy, our dependencies on national infrastructure is greater than ever. Compromise of our critical infrastructures could disrupt the functions of our government, business, and our way of life. Catastrophic losses in terms of human casualties, property destruction, economic damages, and loss of public confidence could result from disruptions or degradation in our national infrastructure. “Critical infrastructures are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof” (U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2010). The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7) (U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2010) identified 18 critical infrastructure sectors and a designated federal Sector-Specific Agency to lead protection and resilience-building programs and activities. The sectors include: – Agriculture and Food, – Banking and Finance, – Chemical, – Commercial Facilities, – Communications, – Critical Manufacturing, – Dams, – Defense Industrial Base, – Emergency Services, – Energy, – Government Facilities, – Healthcare and Public Health, – Information Technology, – National Monuments and Icons, – Nuclear Reactors, – Postal and Shipping, – Transportation Systems, and – Water”– Provided by publisher.


Date Posted:      March 22, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

This highly interesting book presents a methodology for developing an effective critical infrastructure protection system to enable decision-makers and security practitioners to perform risk assessments that aid in efficiently allocating resources to reduce risk and ensure operational resiliency. The methodology’s threat analysis covers “malevolent threats” such as terrorism and insider threats, as well as “natural hazards” such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and floods. The authors are senior members of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013, p. 120). Most of the reviews above appeared in prior editions of The Washington Times. These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on coun-te rte rrori sm studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@

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