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Critical information infrastructure protection draws international crowd to Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release • Posted 03/23/09
Media Contact: Laurie Burnham (603) 646-0686 or Public Affairs (603) 646-3661

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Scott Dynes
Scott Dynes, a Tuck senior research fellow, at the IFIP conference in 2007. This year Dynes will speak on supply chain interdependencies in critical infrastructures. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

This week security experts from around the world will convene on the Dartmouth campus for an intense three-day conference devoted to critical infrastructure protection, the second such event at Dartmouth in three years.

Hosted by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and Dartmouth’s Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), this year’s meeting of the IFIP Working Group for Critical Infrastructure Protection brings focus to a topic of growing concern: society’s dependence on the computer networks that support an array of critical infrastructures, including telecommunications, transportation and energy systems. The meeting takes place March 23-25.

“Industry, government, indeed most societies, cannot function if major components of the critical information infrastructure are degraded, disabled or destroyed,” says Charles C. Palmer, research director for the I3P and co-chair of the IFIP conference. “The IFIP meeting, which attracts internationally renowned participants, helps elucidate not only the risks to vital infrastructures, but also the critical interdependencies that unite these structures around the globe.”

In addition to tackling interdependencies and threats to specific infrastructures, conference participants will discuss strategies for risk management and the economic implications of security, with an eye to finding new approaches to common but intricate problems.

With participants from nine countries, the IFIP conference clearly demonstrates that critical infrastructure protection is a global issue, one needing both multinational and multidisciplinary input.

“The I3P is honored to host this event that brings together experts to address issues that profoundly affect national security, economics and social welfare around the world,” says Martha Austin, executive director of the I3P.

“Dartmouth is the ideal setting for the IFIP conference,” adds Martin M. Wybourne, vice provost for research and former chair of the I3P. “Information technology is truly global with no geographic limitations. It is a privilege to welcome international and US colleagues to Dartmouth to discuss topics in which we have considerable faculty interest and research excellence."

One such topic, presented by Scott Dynes, senior research fellow at Dartmouth’s Tuck School for Business, examines risk management strategies in both tightly and loosely coupled organizations, specifically looking at communication within the supply chains that support food distribution and heathcare delivery.

Proceedings from the conference will be published in Fall 2009 by Springer as the third volume in a series titled Critical Infrastructure Protection: Issues and Solutions.

The Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) is a 27-member consortium of universities, federally funded labs and research institutions managed by Dartmouth College. In addition to guiding and supporting research, the I3P is committed to finding solutions to infrastructure vulnerabilities, facilitating technology transfer and forging collaborative alliances with key stakeholders.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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