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An impact-based approach for the analysis of cascading effects in critical infrastructures

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An original methodology for the analysis of cascading effects in critical infrastructure is hereby presented. First of all, a rationale to identify elements (items) of daily life of citizens whose lack would cause a considerable impact on the quality of life of population is discussed. Then, a methodology to foresee domino effects among infrastructures is described. This methodology allows to account for domino effects in the identification of critical infrastructures, based on the impact on citizens of the outage of the various infrastructures, and supports an effective implementation of EU Directive 114/08/CE on the identification and protection of critical infrastructures.

Keywords: domino effect, impact analysis, quality of service, QoS, critical infrastructures, cascading effects

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