Critical Infrastructure Protection

Our infrastructures are highly complex, connected, and interdependent. If one component of a system fails—due to natural or human acts—failures can cascade across that infrastructure as well as multiple others, increasing the nation's risk of catastrophic disruptions or destruction.

Our researchers work on understanding the connections and interdependencies of the nation's infrastructures and on identifying threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. We're also developing new approaches and technologies that will:

  • Enhance security and contain and mitigate the effects of infrastructure failures
  • Provide advanced warning of attacks, including cyber-attacks, on critical infrastructures
  • Develop alternatives for improving the resiliency of the systems.

Our researchers are pursuing such topics as improving the design of coupled systems, better understanding cascading effects from one network to another, predicting power outages, and improving the resilience of GPS and industrial control systems.