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Studying hurricanes to improve earthquake preparedness

By Samantha Koon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Superstorm Sandy was epic by many measures, but one of the biggest take-aways may be that it revealed significant weaknesses in American critical infrastructure planning. According to one leading expert, Sandy forced us to confront the reality that our society runs on a web of services which depend on each other for normal operation. What happens to public transportation if communication technology fails? How is healthcare impacted during a crisis if the energy sector sustains a significant or prolonged failure? These questions speak to the compounding effect of cascading failures caused by an infrastructure underpinned by a network of complex connections.

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CIRI researchers develop risk-assessment tool for cyberinsurance market

Researchers at the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, have developed a new software tool that will provide an assessment of a company’s cyber security risk based on the company’s IT infrastructure. The new tool can be applied to many fields, particularly the ballooning $2.75 billion cyberinsurance market, which currently lacks a technological approach to analyzing the cyber risks of potential policy holders and pricing policies accordingly.

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Making devices on 4G LTE networks more secure

by Samantha Koon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — By 2020, the number of 4G LTE connections is expected to reach 2.8 billion, thanks to higher communications capabilities and a growing appetite for online services and resources.

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CIRI forges new partnership with U.S. Coast Guard

by Samantha Koon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tasked with six major operational missions, the U.S. Coast Guard plays an essential role in American homeland security. The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois is honored to announce a newly formed working relationship with the Coast Guard to explore innovative methods and technologies related to one of those missions—increasing port security.

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CIRI announces 2017 projects

by Samantha Koon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a slate of newly funded projects that aim to create more secure and resilient critical infrastructure. The 13 projects were selected from a pool of 86 applications submitted in response to CIRI’s call for proposals.

CIRI is one of 10 Centers of Excellence established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Office of University Programs. Led by Director and Principal Investigator David Nicol, the goal of the institute is to develop a nuanced understanding of the interdependencies of our nation’s organizational, policy, business, and technical resources. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the CIRI research program aims to suggest pathways toward developing healthier, more robust human and technical systems that can better withstand and more efficiently recover from cyber-attacks and failures.

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Cyber naiveté poses major threat to critical infrastructure resilience

FROM MARKETWIRED – SUNNYVALE, CA – (Jan 11, 2017) – According to research by RedSeal, CEOs are not proportionately concerned about the fact that information security loss is accelerating faster than the ability to contain the threat.

RedSeal polled 200 CEOs about their confidence in their companies’ cybersecurity posture and discovered they are dangerously unrealistic about how vulnerable they are. In fact, more than 80 percent display “cyber naiveté,” allowing their global organizations to be exposed to massive cyberattacks. RedSeal advocates awareness of these threats and implementation of resilience-based counter measures… Read more.