Critical infrastructures are areas within the campus that rely on the continuous, reliable operation of a complex set of interdependent infrastructures: electric power, gas, transportation, water, communications and more. In the past, critical infrastructures operated independently. Today, however, they are increasingly linked, automated and interdependent as technologies continue to converge.
Disruption and/or failure in any one of them could create widespread, crippling, multi-infrastructure disruption of the entire system. Many of these systems are known to be vulnerable to physical and cyber threats, and to failures induced by system complexity.