Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Control Systems Security Program recently sponsored a cross-university project to create a masters-level curriculum designed to bring together students working in the fields of public policy, business management, and engineering to confront the new challenges of creating resilient and robust infrastructures. The presentation will outline the rationale and content of the completed course. The curriculum is now available at no cost to any institution that wishes to offer it and can serve as a research tool for those interested in the interdisciplinary challenges of infrastructure resilience. A myriad of political, economic, and technological transformations have reshaped the operation of critical infrastructures. The introduction of new technologies combined with a pervasive restructuring of the political-economy of infrastructure services is creating fundamentally new challenges and risks to reliable operation. The course critically examines the public polices, organizational structures, and technologies needed to create a robust and resilient infrastructure and engages in an examination of why such decisions and strategies are often not made. The course draws from a variety of disciplines, including economics, management, organizational sociology, and engineering, to provide an introduction to the challenges facing the operation of critical infrastructures and generate potential solution.


Keywords: Infrastructure, Information Technology, Public Policy, Governance, Risk, Security, Curriculum Development
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ryan Ellis

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, University of California
San Diego, CA, USA


Ref: T08P0260