Critical infrastructure protection: The vulnerability conundrum

Alan T. Murray, Tony H. Grubesic

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Critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) refer to a broad array of assets which are essential to the everyday functionality of social, economic, political and cultural systems in the United States. The interruption of CIKR poses significant threats to the continuity of these systems and can result in property damage, human casualties and significant economic losses. In recent years, efforts to both identify and mitigate systemic vulnerabilities through federal, state, local and private infrastructure protection plans have improved the readiness of the United States for disruptive events and terrorist threats. However, strategies that focus on worst-case vulnerability reduction, while potentially effective, do not necessarily ensure the best allocation of protective resources. This vulnerability conundrum presents a significant challenge to advanced disaster planning efforts. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the conundrum in the context of CIKR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-65
Number of pages10
JournalTelematics and Informatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical infrastructure
  • Fortification
  • Interdiction
  • Policy
  • Protection
  • Strategies
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Law
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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