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CS3660: Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Syllabus — text. Rudy Darken and Tom Mackin. Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. While PDD-63 lists 8 sectors, the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power… Continue Reading →

Agenda: Presentations at the 2014 Homeland Security Education Summit

The 2014 Annual HD/HS Education Summit was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on October 09-10 2014 at the Marriott Colorado Springs. The theme of the 2014 event was: Rethinking Infrastructure Protection: Innovative Approaches for Education and Research Presentations included the following…. Continue Reading →

High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech: Communications Strategies During Blackouts

Interview — video. Diana Sun (Solymossy). This thesis recommends that every community be prepared with a three-pronged approach to dealing with disasters. By examining the reliability of technology in instances of emergency, we can better prepare ourselves for future disasters…. Continue Reading →

Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Syllabus — text. Ted Lewis. Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. While PDD-63 lists 8 sectors, the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power & Energy, Information… Continue Reading →

Agenda: Presentations at the 2013 Homeland Security Education Summit

The Annual HD/HS Education Summit was held in Burlington, Massachusetts on September 26-28 2013. The theme of the 2013 event was: Developing an Adaptive Homeland Security Environment Presentations included the following.  University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) participants can login to… Continue Reading →

MBRA (Model Based Risk Assessment)

Software. Ted Lewis. The MBRA tool supports the Model-Based Risk Assessment technique described in Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security (Lewis, 2015). There are two key components of MBRA: the network analysis and the fault tree analysis. These two parts… Continue Reading →

Attacker Defender

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. Simulation of attacker and defender strategies in random, clustered, and scale-free networks. Shows that network hubs and betweener nodes are the most important in terms of both attacker and defender strategies. Download: https://www.chds.us/?media/openmedia&id=2264

Bean Machine

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. Simulation of the Galton-Watson bean machine often found in science museums. Beans are dropped through a maze of left/right forks in the road, and land at the bottom in a pile shaped like the Binomial… Continue Reading →

Catastrophe7

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. Three simulations: Sticks, Amaral-Meyer, and Random Catastrophes. Sticks illustrates how systems fail due to outside incidents. Amaral-Meyer illustrates intrinsic failure (internal faults), and Random Catastrophes illustrates how any layered system fails due to random or… Continue Reading →

Complex Cycles

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. ComplexCycles java application plots data stored in a comma separated values (csv spreadsheet) file as a limit cycle(s). It also shows Altman Z-score bounds on values, which is useful in evaluating the financial stability of… Continue Reading →

Distributions

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. This application produces the probability distributions for the sum (Normal), product(Gamma), minimum(Long-tailed), and maximum(long-tailed) of random numbers. It illustrates regression to the mean, extreme statistics, and the effect of sample size on the shape of… Continue Reading →

Emergence

Simulation/software — . Ted Lewis. This java application demonstrates network emergence according to organizing principles: increase clusters, node degree, betweeness, and follow-the-leader. It also animates the spread of an epidemic, scale-free link percolation, link depercolation, and node/link percolation. Download: https://www.chds.us/?media/openmedia&id=2902

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