“Physical and cyber threats: the new challenges for TLC Critical Infrastructures”

host event: ISCRAM 2019 | 16th International Conference on


“Towards individual-centric emergency management systems”

Workshops/Tutorials: May 19th, 2019 | Conference: May 19nd-22th, 2019

Venue: Valencia – Spain, Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)


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Communications play a fundamental role in the economic and social well-being of the citizens and on operations of most of Critical Infrastructures (CI). Due to their importance, they are a primary target for criminals providing enormous resonance and gains. At the same time, communication infrastructures are prone to the effects of extreme weather events and/or natural disasters. The increasing frequency and intensity of these phenomena represents a challenge to cope with, requiring smarter resilience systems. In fact, Communication CIs are extremely vulnerable due to their ever-increasing architecture complexity also considering the approaching 5G, the extensive use of programmable platforms and the exponential growth of connected devices. The fact that most enterprises still manage physical and cyber security independently represents a further challenge.

Aim and objectives
The Workshop will address topics related to solutions for Communication CIs holistic situation awareness and enhanced resilience (aligned with the European Cyber Security Organisation objectives). The main objective is to provide the attendees with an insight on the current situation for the protection of the critical infrastructures in case of natural disasters or man-caused events. The session will address the points of view of industrial representatives that will present the open issues and the strategies that are currently used. Nevertheless, the ongoing research carried out on hot topics (threats at cyber and physical level) by research institutes and university will be presented. Moreover, the efforts devoted at European level to deal with the protection of critical infrastructures will be highlighted.
The expected audience for this workshop are practitioners who are interested in increasing the resilience and the awareness of Communication CIs as well as to researchers interested in understanding the challenges to cope with. The European Commission granted several research and integration projects related to the protection of CIs both from cyber and physical threats. Among them, we can cite ATENA (, URANIUM (, 5G-ENSURE (, SLICENET (, and SAWSOC ( We therefore expect that the topics proposed in the workshop might be of particular interest also for the partners of the above mentioned projects.



The Workshop will address the following topics:

• Protection of Telecommunication Infrastructures and Citizens
• Facing Cyber and Physical Threats: Technological & Operational aspects
• Modeling and analysis of disaster resilience
• Simulation modeling and analysis
• Challenges posed by 5G evolution

By addressing these issues, it is possible to enhance the resilience of telecommunication operators against multi-hazard risks. Both the physical and cyber aspects should be considered with the specific focus on the analysis of their interaction.



The workshop will last half-day and a tentative schedule is reported in the following link.


This will include a first presentation to the problem of the protection of the telecommunication infrastructure with emphasis on the cyber and physical threats. After the coffee break the audience will be involved in three different working groups to discuss themes related to physical and cyber threats, and aspects related to the human component. The coordination of the working groups will aim at highlighting hot topics and to provide inputs for the round table. The round table will close the workshop to allow a broader discussion on the addressed topics and to present the challenges and future scenarios.



Federica Battisti participates to two european projects, ATENA (Advanced Tools to assEss and mitigate the criticality of ICT compoNents and their dependencies over critical infrAstructures) and RESISTO (RESIlience enhancement and risk control platform for communication infraSTructure Operators). Both projects deal with the protection of critical infrastructures from cyber attacks and natural disaster, with a specific focus on the interaction among the considered infrastructures.

  • MAIL:  | Roma Tre University

Federica Pascucci participates in several EU project about critical infrastructure protection: MICIE (Tool for systemic risk analysis and secure mediation of data exchanged across linked CI information infrastructures), CockpitCI (Cybersecurity on SCADA: risk prediction, analysis and reaction tools for Critical Infrastructures), FACIES (online identification of Failure and Attack on interdependent Critical InfrastructurES), URANIUM (Unified Risk Assessment Negotiation via Interoperability Using Multi-sensor data), ATENA (Advanced Tools to assEss and mitigate the criticality of ICT compoNents and their dependencies over critical infrAstructures) and RESISTO (RESIlience enhancement and risk control platform for communication infraSTructure Operators). The projects address the protection of the critical infrastructure by developing risk assessment tools to prevent and limit faults and failures and by considering the interdependence among infrastructures.

  • MAIL:  | Roma Tre University


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