About the book
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.