Security Think Tank: CNI operators are in an unenviable position

Computer Weekly | March 15, 2021

The operators of critical national infrastructure (CNI) are in an unenviable position, between the devil and the deep blue sea, as two very different worlds collide.

Most critical infrastructure was built up over a century or more of careful, incremental steps by civil engineers, and they focused on the primary threat they faced – lack of availability. If you deliver power, water, or anything else that lives depend on, you focus your attention on making sure the service is never interrupted.

You think through scenarios such as natural disasters, extreme weather, even longer-term risks such as climate change. It’s always you against Murphy’s Law – you assume each element will eventually fail, and so you build in double or triple redundancy.