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International Journal of Critical Infrastructures (15 papers in press)

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  • Security Evaluation Management over LTE Critical Infrastructures Networks: IMS Case Study   Order a copy of this article
    by Ouafae Kasmi, Amine Baina, Mostafa Bellafkih 
    Abstract: Critical infrastructures (CIs) are fundamental systems for the prosperity of society and economy, which ensure the availability of crucial goods and services And whose failures could have severe consequences on the economy. The protection of these CIs is required. The security of telecommunications infrastructures is a major issue for satisfied it in terms of confidentiality, integrity, availability and in terms of quality of services (QoS) and it is difficult to guarantee the availability of these CIs 24 hours a day. They present the vulnerabilities, such as a security breach, default conception or configuration and a failure in one CI can impact to another dependent or interdependent CI to cause service disruptions. However, these systems break down, suffer in use from errors and attack from outside or inside by pirates and cybercriminals. The global approach of security in systems is essential for privacy protection, to defend the patrimony from the company or reduce vulnerabilities of large information systems. In this purpose, we propose a new approach of multi-level criticality to better assess and monitor CIs and their interdependencies in order to predict possible risks for increasing both security of CI and customers loyalty. This paper proposes CI security modeling for trust components and interdependencies based on the multi-level of criticality are added to the security of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) components to reduce its impacts and improve its resilience in order to prioritize risks according to several levels of criticality. The proposed approach is based on Totel model and Implicative Interdependency Model (IIM).
    Keywords: Multi-level criticality; IIM; Totel; IMS.

  • Urban Infrastructure Financing in India: A Proposed Framework for ULBs   Order a copy of this article
    by RAJNI KANT RAJHANS, Aritra Halder 
    Abstract: Infrastructure has been identified as the backbone of any economy as it provides channels of economic growth. For emerging economies like India, with 31% current urban population and contribution of 63% of GDP; the pie is expected to increase to approximately 40 percentages by 2031 with a GDP contribution of 70-75%. This creates a need of rapid development as well as strengthening of existing urban infrastructural to accommodate growing demand and to exploit its economic contribution. The extent of urban infrastructure development is delivered at three levels of governance; center, state and Urban Local Bodies (ULB). ULBs being the last level of governance for infrastructure development in urban India, they are grossly under-equipped to effectively generate revenues and raise capital. The present study has identified issues in the existing financing and assessment framework of ULBs and suggests a framework to rationalize their funding patterns and to bring competitiveness. The paper stresses on the need of the proposed framework to bring SMART CITY SPV and other ULBs at equal platform.
    Keywords: Infrastructure; Urban Local Bodies; Financing; Smart City.

  • Method for Remote Rapid Response to Transportation Security Threats on High Speed Rail Systems   Order a copy of this article
    by Boris A. Lyovin, Alexey V. Shvetsov, Roberto Setola, Svetlana V. Shvetsova 
    Abstract: Present day high speed rail systems (HSRS) operate under permanent risk of criminal and terrorist attacks. HSRS security threats require special attention and immediate responses. The purpose of this research is to develop a method for remote rapid response to HSRS transportation security threats. The method is based on the employment of automated drone stations that ensure the arrival of an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) at the place of incident within 13 minutes of the alarm signal i.e., when there is an intrusion on the railroad track. Detailed inspection of the incident location allows the dispatcher to make a rapid decision about actions that follow the signal: whether there is a need to send a rapid response team to the place of incident and/or to interrupt the train operation on the involved track section. In our research the method was designed based on the Moscow
    Keywords: transport security of the high speed rail systems; unmanned aerial vehicle; UAVs; drone; drone station; statistics of terrorist attacks on high speed rail systems.

  • A study on local residents perception in communication process for LNG terminal risks   Order a copy of this article
    by Serdar Korkmaz, Dal Jae Park 
    Abstract: Since the last 20 years, establishing liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals near residential areas has been an issue in South Korea. Communicating the facility risks is one of the ways to reduce locals concerns. The objective of this paper is to explore the locals perception on risk communication process between LNG organizations and local residents. 431 residents living near LNG facilities in South Korea were surveyed. Using a traditional communication model based on the sourcemessagechannelreceivereffect (SMCRE), the factors of the risk communication process were measured to determine the residents perception of the facility risks. The individual factors that influenced each element of the SMCRE were grouped and analyzed by factor analysis. Also, multiple regression analysis were conducted between the grouped factors to examine the effect of the latter element on the former element: the order of elements was S→M, M→C, C→R, and R→E. In terms of the models final process, an effective pathway had two cases. The first case was the relieving of social conflicts and anxieties through mutual understanding. The second case was the promotion of trust. This study can assist LNG organizations with providing better risk communication to residents and enhance the acceptance of LNG facilities.
    Keywords: Local residents; Risk communication; LNG; LNG infrastructure.

  • Modeling the Recovery of Critical Commercial Services and their Interdependencies on Civil Infrastructures   Order a copy of this article
    by Ni Ni, Richard Little, Thomas Sharkey, William Wallace 
    Abstract: When an extreme event occurs in a specific area, the mere recovery of civil infrastructures is not enough to help recover local communities due to the cascading disruptions that can occur to supply chains of critical commercial services, whose operation and restoration is highly dependent on infrastructures. We build single-period, multi-commodity disruption models to examine the interdependencies between infrastructures and critical commercial services and predict the outages experienced by local communities after extreme events. We further build multi-period restoration models to select and schedule the restoration tasks after disruptive events with an objective to maximize the aggregated flows of utilities and commodities. We simulate scenarios of Category 2, 3, 4 hurricanes and apply the models to a dataset of an artificial county with a population of half a million. We find that coordinated infrastructure restoration decisions with critical commercial services help improve community resilience, especially under relatively severe extreme events.
    Keywords: Infrastructure Restoration; Interdependencies; Critical Commercial Services; Community Resilience; Cascading Failures; Supply Chain Disruption.

  • An Integrated System Approach to Characterize a Drinking Water Infrastructure System   Order a copy of this article
    by Ritsche Anne Kloosterman, Jan Peter Van Der Hoek 
    Abstract: The object of this article is the drinking water infrastructure (DWI), a critical societal infrastructure. To make effective decisions it is important to characterize and understand the complexity of DWI systems. DWI systems can be seen as a System of Systems, consisting of the social-ecological system and the social-technical system. The social-ecological system determines the location and seize of the water resources, while the social-technical system is about the technical infrastructure. The two systems with different characteristics must align to work effective together in the DWI system. The tension between different lifecycles of the assets and dynamic changes in both systems, the time of change, is important to take into account. The SoPhyTech infra framework was developed based on the two systems and time of change. The advantages of applying the SoPhyTech infra framework is studied in a case comparing two very different DWI systems: Indonesia (Semarang) and the Netherlands (Vitens). The SoPhyTech infra framework was shown to be effective for characterizing a DWI system with different interacting lifecycles in different systems and it is expected that it also can be used to characterize other infrastructure systems.
    Keywords: Integrated system approach; drinking water; critical infrastructure; water resources; social-ecological system; social-technical system; technical infrastructure; long life time assets ; long term decisions making.

  • Risk analysis and Allocation in Public Private Partnership Power transmission line Projects   Order a copy of this article
    by Ganesh Kate 
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is risk analysis for the delivery of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Power transmission line projects in India and to address their proper risk allocation between the different stakeholders involved. Total of 112 risks was identified based on experts opinion and various literature. An empirical questionnaire survey was designed which divided into five phases over the project life cycle to examine the relative importance of different phases to analyze and allocate risk to different phases and different stakeholders involved in the project. A total of 250 questionnaires were sent out, and a total of 45 valid responses were obtained for data analysis. The expected monetary value method (EVM) is employed for risk analysis. From analysis probability and severity of each risk calculated. For risk analysis risk divided into five categories namely low, minor, moderate, major and high. It is found that 65 risks were moderate, 35 were major, 9 were a minor risk, 2 were low risk and 1 was high risk. Then risk allocation is done both phase wise and stakeholder wise. In initial phase risk is 11%, in execution phase risk is 64% in operation and maintenance phase risk is 11% in transfer phase risk is 8% and in ongoing phase, the risk is 6%. In stakeholder wise risk allocation it is found that Government is taking 13% risk, project company is taking 53% risk, lenders are taking 2% risk, Contractors are taking 24% risk, operators are taking 5% risk and other parties like suppliers etc. are taking 3% risk. A key finding from this research is the execution phase of the power transmission line project involve huge risk .i.e 64% and the project company takes maximum risk .i.e 53%. Hence project company should give more focus on critical risk factors of execution phase like Right of Way, Statutory clearances, Land clearance and Forest clearance which carry high risk as we found from the analysis. This research study enables private players in power sectors to better understand how risks should be assessed and allocated for PPP power projects in India. It also assists in risk response planning and control for future PPP power transmission projects in India.
    Keywords: Keywords: Public-private partnerships (PPP); Risk analysis; Risk allocation.

  • RISK ASSESSMENT OF COMMONLY TRANSPORTED CHEMICALS IN THE PORT OF HOUSTON   Order a copy of this article
    by Ayberk Karakavuz, Berna Eren Tokgoz, Victor Zaloom, Alberto Marquez 
    Abstract: Handling a wide variety of chemicals in ports increases public safety and environmental concerns. This requires successful risk management to prevent harm to the public and the environment from chemical-related incidents. Minimizing risk in port environments is imperative for authorities to ensure continuous and safe port operations. In this study, commonly transported chemicals have been identified in the Port of Houston, and each chemical has been assessed to establish an overall risk score based on its public safety and environmental health effects in case of exposure. Subsequently, a risk score has been determined using toxicity, behavior and transportation amounts of chemicals, and congestion and visibility in the port at the time of an incident. A practical risk assessment framework has been presented to evaluate and prioritize chemicals based on their risk scores to assist government authorities, first responders, port workers, and emergency planners in their decision-making processes.
    Keywords: ports; chemical transportation; risk assessment; port accidents.

  • Developing Community Disaster Resilience through Preparedness   Order a copy of this article
    by Malik Khalfan, Sam Whittaker, Ifran Ulhaq 
    Abstract: Disasters have the potential to cause great devastation, such as significant human, material and environmental loss. The frequency and magnitude of natural disasters have increased over time, which has resulted in an increase in damages and fatalities. Due to the increase in disaster frequency and impacts, there has been a shift in focus from disaster recovery and response to disaster prevention. Disaster management provides a systematic framework that aims to reduce disaster impacts and provide prompt and effective recovery, assistance and guidelines. Preventative disaster management is essential in reducing and eliminating community disaster risk exposure. This paper conducts a comparative analysis of three past events including the 2011 Queensland Floods, the Harrietville Community Emergency Management Plan and the Christchurch and Japan Earthquakes. By combining the existing literature, secondary qualitative data analysis, a conceptual model of disaster management has been developed. This model aims to present new ideas and concepts to improve the community resilience capabilities. The main findings of this research include; the development of a revised conceptual model; identification of effective methodologies for developing community resilience; the potential implementation of social media as a preparedness strategy; discussion on need to create community empowerment and a shared responsibility amongst all agencies regarding disaster preparedness.
    Keywords: Disaster Resilience; Disaster Preparedness.

  • A case study of Elphinstone Road Foot-Over-Bridge (FOB) Stampede in Mumbai   Order a copy of this article
    by Sanjeev Kadam, Prabir Kumar Bandyopadhyay 
    Abstract: Planning or implementation delays of critical infrastructure (CI) projects resulted in misfortunes such as accidents, stampedes or deaths. In this descriptive case study, an incidence of the stampede at the suburban train station in Mumbai has discussed. An endeavour has been made to examine underlying causes which instigate direct causes reinforced by contributing causes. Indian Army was being roped in for constructing additional foot-over-bridge (FOB) after the stampede. This case features the earnestness of appropriate and timely development of associated infrastructure in and around suburban stations in Mumbai proportionate to abundant passengers commuting. Post stampede reports from newspapers, televisions channels and the internet have largely used to build this case. Pre and post cause analysis discussion on Elphinstone Road FOB stampede case is an eye-opener to justify sustainable emergency management and associated infrastructure development in Mumbai.
    Keywords: Associated infrastructure; Critical infrastructure; Elphinstone Road; Emergency; Evacuation; FOB; Mumbai; Railway; Stampede; Suburban train;.

  • Assessing the Cyber-Security of The IEC 60870-5-104 Protocol in SCADA System   Order a copy of this article
    by Qais Qassim 
    Abstract: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is the heart of almost every critical infrastructure system, whereby SCADAis generally employed in order to control and to monitor both the physical and industrial processes within these systems. It is, thus, of vital importance that any vulnerabilities of SCADA system to be identified and mitigated so as to prevent unplanned incidents, malicious activities, and cyber-attacks. The IEC 60870-5-104 refers to an international standard applied for tele-control in electrical engineering and power SCADA systems, which appears to be a major principal protocol in electrical power system automation. In fact, major industrial control vendors employ this protocol to monitor and to manage power utility devices. Nonetheless, IEC 60870-5-104suffers from a number of design and implementation weaknesses in terms of security aspects. As such, this study briefly presents this protocol and summarizes its security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, it highlights the potential cyber-attacks based on the identified vulnerabilities. Additionally, the paper depicts several possible countermeasures to tighten the security of the SCADA systems.
    Keywords: SCADA; Power System; IEC 60870; Cyber Attack; Security Vulnerabilities; Encryption; Authentication.

  • Integral Approach to Assessing the Criticality of Railway Infrastructure Elements   Order a copy of this article
    by David Rehak, Simona Slivkova, Radim Pittner, Zdenek Dvorak 
    Abstract: In the last ten years, considerable attention has been paid to analysing and assessing the criticality of railway infrastructure elements. Publications on the subject mostly assess elements only from a certain point of view, such as purpose, reliability or risk. This leads to only a partial assessment of criticality without continuous correlation, which may result some critical elements of the system being omitted. The article introduces the Railway Infrastructure Criticality Assessment Tool (RICA Tool), which was created to evaluate the criticality of railway infrastructure elements in all aspects. The integral approach of the tool lies in comprehensively assessing the technical and process factors of rail transport. The criticality of railway infrastructure elements is therefore assessed not only in terms of the relevance and resilience of elements but also their interdependence, substitutability, risk and impact.
    Keywords: Railway infrastructure; Criticality assessment; Integral approach; RICA tool; Technical and process factors.

  • Force Analysis and Research on Bridge Inverted Siphon Project in Operating Period   Order a copy of this article
    by Dongyu Ji, Guo-yan ZHOU 
    Abstract: When the inverted siphon straddles deep ravines, in order to reduce construction difficulties, the bridge inverted siphon is often used to reduce the pressure head in the inverted siphon, shorten the pipe and reduce the water head loss. In order to study the stress and deformation distribution of the inverted siphon bridge project. The finite element method is used to analyze the force of the bridge inverted siphon in operating period, the finite element model of bridge inverted siphon structure is established according to the actual engineering conditions. Considering the stress characteristics of inverted siphon structure in operation, the load of the structure is combined in different working conditions, the distribution of stress and deformation of inverted siphon is analyzed. The results show that, the inverted siphon stress changes with the change of internal water pressure, the effect of internal water pressure on stress is greater, this indicates that the pressure in the pipe is an important load for the thin-walled structure of large diameter steel pipe. The stress values of the inner and outer pipe are quite different, and the stress value of the inner of the pipe is larger than that outer of pipe. The arch of the bridge appears large stress near the middle pier, which exceeds its design value, this is mainly due to local stress concentration.
    Keywords: Inverted siphon; Operating period; Finite element method; Simulation model; Stress distribution.

  • Information Technology Governance and Cybersecurity at the Board Level   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdalmuttaleb M.A. Musleh Al-Sartawi 
    Abstract: Security breaches are very costly in the United States, followed very closely by the Middle East. Shareholders and investors demand that their firms mitigate all kinds of risks, and it is the responsibility of the BOD to gain and maintain their confidence. In view of this scenario, MENA companies need to protect their data, while the BODs need to embed a culture of cybersecurity in the firm. The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between Information Technology Governance (ITG) and the level of cybersecurity by MENA listed firms. The study used a checklist to collect data from a sample of 94 firms listed in the financial stock markets of the MENA countries for the year ended 2018. The study found that there is a significant and direct relationship between ITG and the level of a firms cybersecurity. This indicates the importance of appointing board members with IT knowledge and experience. This leads to better decisions taken by the BODs when faced with cyber-threats and challenges. In addition, IT expertise on the BODs can be important to understand what the Heads of IT are doing on the inside and, thus being knowledgeable enough to challenge their actions.
    Keywords: Cyber Risk; Cybersecurity; Information Technology Governance; Board of Directors; MENA Countries.

  • A New Hybrid Reliability Allocation Method, Based on Developed ME-OWA Method, Birnbaum Importance Measure and Fuzzy DEMATEL Technique.   Order a copy of this article
    by Ali Noroozian, Ali Sayyah 
    Abstract: Reliability allocation is an important subject in designing products and systems. Maximal entropy ordered weighted averaging approach (ME-OWA) based on DEMATEL allocation method has been developed to cover some of the problems of the subject. However, there are some unexplained critical issues in measurement scale, weights of the allocation factors, considering relations between components, and respecting predicted failure rates that considering them in the mentioned method can result in a more comprehensive reliability allocation scheme in covering the problems. Moreover, the reliability importance of system components, and the fuzziness in DEMATEL method data are not considered in the ME-OWA based DEMATEL allocation method. To address these issues in this paper, a new hybrid approach is proposed which is based on new ME-OWA weights, Birnbaum importance measure, and Fuzzy DEMATEL technique. The results of implementing the new hybrid method on a fighter aircraft's digital flight control computer indicate several benefits of the new developed scheme in considering the stated concerns
    Keywords: Reliability allocation;Developed ME-OWA method;Birnbaum importance measure;Fuzzy DEMATEL method.