Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Issues on Risk Analysis for Critical Infrastructure Protection

Vittorio Rosato

ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development)


Antonio Di Pietro

ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development)


Complex systems Interdependence Resilience Cascading effects Event prediction Emergency management Decision support AI Field sensors Remote sensing IoT GIS

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Critical Infrastructures (IC) are technological systems which allow both the supply of primary services (electricity, water, telecommunications) and, through the composition of their functions, that of more complex services (road and rail mobility, logistics, health and financial services etc.), which are also essential for our societies.
IC offer services both at the macro-scale (country) and at the micro-scale (cities). The stability and the protection of these networks on both scales are a significant task, entrusted to the Operators who operate CI in a concession mandate. Due to the high level of interdependency of CI, which exchange services to each other for their functioning, their management and protection cannot be carried out by a "linearized" strategy (each infrastructure managed and protected independently on the others) due to the presence of tight links which connect each other. CI protection through provision of "smart" properties such as resilience, has become a complex task which must be tackled not only by deploying advanced technological means but also by triggering new management strategies, enabling holistic and global management policies.

The book aims at providing an overview of the understanding of complex phenomena taking place on interdependent networks and of the advanced technical solutions related to management, risk analysis and resilience enhancement of networks, either from a theoretical and operational (i.e. with solution related to real or realistic cases) points of view. A large emphasis is provided to the capability opened by the use of field and remote sensing tools for monitoring and assessing risks on CI. The use of comprehensive data set, the access to big data is going to open the way to the realization of new tools for supporting the decision making process needed for both daily and emergency management.

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Vittorio Rosato

ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development)

Vittorio Rosato received the Laurea degree (M.Sc.) in Physics from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Nancy (France). He has extensively been working in Computational Physics, particularly in Condensed Matter and Material Science in his positions as Research Assistant at the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth (UK) and at the Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires in Saclay (France). Staff Scientist at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) since 1990, he is currently Head of the Laboratory of Analysis and Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Manager of the Italian Node of the European Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Centre ( His current research activities span from risk analysis to the design of Decision Support Systems for the management of complex technological networks. He acts as Supervisor and Project Evaluator for EU, for the Italian Ministry of University and Research, and that of Economic Development; he is also consultant for several Italian Regions and the Italian Ministry of Defense. He is and has been Coordinator of several National Projects. He is co-founder of two SMEs active in software engineering and biotechnology. He is author of more than 140 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

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