IDSA MONOGRAPH SERIES

Securing Critical Information Infrastructure: Global Perspectives and Practices

Monograph No. 60
2017

Basic services such as electricity, transportation, mobile communication and banking are the core infrastructures on which modern societies and economies rest. The seamless functioning of these critical infrastructures is essential for the social and economic development and well-being of a nation-state. Recent developments in the cyber domain have unearthed a whole new dimension of security attributing to underlying vulnerabilities and interdependencies. The exploitation of these vulnerabilities in the different layers of cyber architecture, serve different objectives of nation-states, terror outfits and criminal syndicates. Despite the best of technology, management as well as security policies and practices at a nation-state's disposal, it is practically impossible to secure all critical elements of infrastructure against all odds. This monograph delves into the various aspects of definitions and understandings of critical information infrastructure and explores the threat actors, perspectives and trends in the emerging practice of critical information infrastructure protection.

About the Author

Munish Sharma is an Associate Fellow with the Cybersecurity Project at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research interests include cybersecurity, critical information infrastructure protection, space security and defence technologies. He is the co-editor of the book Securing Cyberspace: International and Asian Perspectives (2016).