Cyber-security risk assessment framework for critical infrastructures

Zubair Baig, Sherali Zeadally

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A critical infrastructure provides essential services to a nation’s population. Interruptions in its smooth operations are highly undesirable because they will cause significant and devastating consequences on all stakeholders in the society. In order to provide sustained protection to a nation’s critical infrastructure, we must continually assess and evaluate the risks thereof. We propose a risk assessment framework that can evaluate the risks posed to the security of a critical infrastructure from threat agents, with a special emphasis on the smart grid communications infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalIntelligent Automation and Soft Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
WE thank the anonymous reviewers for their suggestions and comments which helped us improve the content and presentation of this paper. Sherali Zeadally was partially supported by a University of Kentucky Research Professorship Award as well as an Edith Cowan University Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorship Award during this work.

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  • Critical Infrastructures
  • Cyber Security
  • Risk Assessment
  • Smart Grid Communications
  • Threats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence


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