There’s an idiom that sums up the idea that there are many different ways to reach a goal:
“All roads lead to Rome.” However, there is another, lesser-known understanding of that empire’s famous road system: it served as an extraordinarily effective pathway for invaders, turning the Roman road infrastructure into a strategic weakness. Let’s explore that idea as it relates to critical infrastructure security.
An infrastructure is considered critical if its disruption would have a debilitating effect on economic stability, national security, public health, and safety. Here in the U.S., 16 infrastructure sectors are considered critical. They include such diverse sectors as financial services, energy, water, transportation, communications, chemical industries and emergency services. The loss of such resources can have regional or even global implications.