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Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructures in an Integrated Approach: A New Tool to Improve Sustainable Development?

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The issue of cybersecurity is currently having and will have a huge effect on society, especially on critical infrastructures (CI). There is great uncertainty on how to define and understand cyber-threats, and CI, and their impact on society including the interaction between the military and non-military conditions, often poorly understood. Yet the potential effects of the improvement or interruption of CI related activities due to prevailing cybersecurity conditions or cyber-threats to society, the environment, geoengineering, culture, health and/or to the security of the planet need to be scrutinized.

Today, various approaches and tools can be developed in different disciplines and at different levels of governance, such as the national, regional and international/global. However, disciplines and levels are often disconnected, fragmented and underlying assumptions among the different sectors and levels which are often inconsistent and incoherent.

The interdisciplinary Research Topic focuses on examining the interdependencies between CI, cybersecurity and the physical and social context of everyday life. In particular, the focus seeks to individualize which sustainability responses exist or should be set up. The link between CI and cybersecurity can be understood through the sustainable lens by examining interrelations between geoengineering activities and methods linked to other disciplines, norms, practices, and material. cultures, as well as how these are shaped by external influences.

Innovative contributions related to the following research topics are welcome:

Cybersecurity, CI and Environmental Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Health Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Cultural Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Society
Cybersecurity, CI and Geoengineering Military/Civilian Conditions, and their Interactions

The expected output of the special issue is to find the common core focal points between the different spheres and disciplines connecting cybersecurity and CI with the ultimate purpose to individualize a “common core integrated sustainable approach towards CI.”


Keywords: Cybersecurity, Environmental threats and Critical Infrastructures (CI), Sustainable Development, human security, Multi-regulatory governance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The issue of cybersecurity is currently having and will have a huge effect on society, especially on critical infrastructures (CI). There is great uncertainty on how to define and understand cyber-threats, and CI, and their impact on society including the interaction between the military and non-military conditions, often poorly understood. Yet the potential effects of the improvement or interruption of CI related activities due to prevailing cybersecurity conditions or cyber-threats to society, the environment, geoengineering, culture, health and/or to the security of the planet need to be scrutinized.

Today, various approaches and tools can be developed in different disciplines and at different levels of governance, such as the national, regional and international/global. However, disciplines and levels are often disconnected, fragmented and underlying assumptions among the different sectors and levels which are often inconsistent and incoherent.

The interdisciplinary Research Topic focuses on examining the interdependencies between CI, cybersecurity and the physical and social context of everyday life. In particular, the focus seeks to individualize which sustainability responses exist or should be set up. The link between CI and cybersecurity can be understood through the sustainable lens by examining interrelations between geoengineering activities and methods linked to other disciplines, norms, practices, and material. cultures, as well as how these are shaped by external influences.

Innovative contributions related to the following research topics are welcome:

Cybersecurity, CI and Environmental Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Health Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Cultural Conditions
Cybersecurity, CI and Society
Cybersecurity, CI and Geoengineering Military/Civilian Conditions, and their Interactions

The expected output of the special issue is to find the common core focal points between the different spheres and disciplines connecting cybersecurity and CI with the ultimate purpose to individualize a “common core integrated sustainable approach towards CI.”


Keywords: Cybersecurity, Environmental threats and Critical Infrastructures (CI), Sustainable Development, human security, Multi-regulatory governance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 July 2020 Manuscript

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31 July 2020 Manuscript

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