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dc.contributor.authorChristin, Nicolas
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-30T18:33:26Z
dc.date.available2014-09-30T18:33:26Z
dc.date.issued2011-03
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M26K58
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15623
dc.description.abstractThis paper evaluates the prospects for protecting critical social functions from “cyber” attacks carried out over electronic information networks. In particular, it focuses on the feasibility of devising international laws, conventions or agreements to deter and/or punish perpetrators of such attacks. First,it briefly summarizes existing conventions and laws, and explains to which technological issues they can apply. The paper then turns to a technical discussion of the threats faced by critical infrastructure. By distinguishing between the different types of attacks (theft of information, destructive penetration, denial of service, etc.) that can be conducted, and examining the role of collateral damages in information security, the paper identifies the major challenges in devising and implementing international conventions for critical infrastructure protection. It then turns to a practical examination of how these findings apply to specific instances of critical networks (power grids and water systems, financial infrastructure, air traffic control and hospital networks), and draws conclusions about potential remedies. A notable finding is that critical functions should be isolated from non-critical functions in the network to have a chance to implement viable international agreements; and that, given the difficulty in performing attack attribution, other relevant laws should be designed with the objective of reducing negative externalities that facilitate such attacks.en_US
dc.subjectcyber attacksen_US
dc.subjectinfrastructure protectionen_US
dc.subjectcritical networksen_US
dc.titleOn Critical Infrastructure Protection and International Agreementsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCenter for International and Security Studies at Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)


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