A Moment of Weakness: Protecting Against Targeted Attacks Following a Natural Disaster

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Abstract

By targeting communication and power networks, malicious actors can significantly disrupt our society. As networks are more vulnerable after a natural disaster, this moment of weakness may be exploited to disrupt the network even further. However, the potential impact and mitigation of such a follow-up attack has yet to be studied.

In this paper, we propose a framework to analyze the impact of a combination of a natural disaster followed by a targeted single node failure. We apply this framework on empirical disaster data and two network topologies. Our experiments show that even small targeted attacks can significantly augment the already grave network disruption caused by a natural disaster. We further show that this effect can be mitigated by adopting a calculated repair strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages4
JournalACM SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventCINS 2019: The third ACM SIGMETRICS International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 3rd

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    The Risk of Successive Disasters: A Blow-by-Blow Network Vulnerability Analysis

    Oostenbrink, J. & Kuipers, F., 2019, IFIP Networking 2019. IEEE, p. 1-9 9 p. 8816845

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