Network Robustness for Critical Infrastructure Networks

Network Robustness for Critical Infrastructure Networks

Anthony H. Dekker (Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia) and Bernard Colbert (Deakin University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-640-2.ch004
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Abstract

Events of the past few years have shown how today’s modern technological society is critically dependent on critical infrastructure networks such as telecommunications, transport and power. In this chapter, we examine the robustness of critical infrastructure networks and describe some simulation studies exploring this issue. These studies use an extension of data farming we call “network farming,” implemented within the CAVALIER network analysis tool suite. We then survey some historical data on actual terrorist attacks and show that the distribution of these attacks in time can be modeled by a Poisson statistical distribution. This fact can then be used to plan robust network architectures. We alsoexamine “scale-free networks,” and show how they relate to the robustness of physical and organizational networks. In particular, we study the implications for law-enforcement personnel responding to terrorist organizations, using two historical case studies. Finally, we briefly survey emerging trends in network modeling and intelligent software agents that may influence the robustness of future networks.

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Acknowledgments
Hussein A. Abbass, Daryl Essam
Chapter 1
Daryl Essam, Hussein A. Abbass
With the increase in the complexity of terrorism’s networks and activities, the advances in chemical and biological warfare, and the use of... Sample PDF
All Hazards Analysis: A Complexity Perspective
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Chapter 2
Michael Barlow, Robert Cox
This chapter discusses the use of abstract multi-agent models of conflict — ABDs (Agent-Based Distillation) — for security and defense purposes. The... Sample PDF
Small & Simple: Application-Specific Multi-Agent Systems
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Ang Yang, Hussein A. Abbass, Ruhul Sarker
Red teaming is the process of studying a problem by anticipating adversary behaviors. When done in simulations, the behavior space is divided into... Sample PDF
How Hard Is It To Red Team?
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Chapter 4
Anthony H. Dekker, Bernard Colbert
Events of the past few years have shown how today’s modern technological society is critically dependent on critical infrastructure networks such as... Sample PDF
Network Robustness for Critical Infrastructure Networks
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Chapter 5
Ajith Abraham, Johnson Thomas
Computer security is defined as the protection of computing systems against threats to confidentiality, integrity and availability. An intrusion is... Sample PDF
Distributed Intrusion Detection Systems: A Computational Intelligence Approach
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Michael Barlow
This chapter covers the emerging area of the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer games for military, defense and security purposes. A... Sample PDF
The Game of Defense and Security
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Katina Michael, Amelia Masters
Spurred by the recent escalation of terrorist attacks and their increasingly devastating outcomes, defense intelligence in the context of homeland... Sample PDF
Realized Applications of Positioning Technologies in Defense Intelligence
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Katina Michael, Amelia Masters
The adoption of positioning technologies to supplement, complement and function as defense intelligence applications has become widely accepted... Sample PDF
The Advancement of Positioning Technologies in Defense Intelligence
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Chapter 9
Cecilia Andrews, Edward Lewis
“Counter-terrorism refers to the practices, tactics and strategies that governments, militaries and other groups adopt in order to fight terrorism.”... Sample PDF
Simulating Complexity-Based Ethics for Crucial Decision Making in Counter Terrorism
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