Critical infrastructure Protection: An Ethical Choice

Document Type

Book Chapter


IGI Global


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)




This chapter was originally published as: Pye, G., Warren, M., & Hutchinson, W. (2011). Critical infrastructure protection: An ethical choice. In M. Quigley (Ed.), ICT ethics and security in the 21st century: New developments and applications (pp. 214-230). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Original book chapter available here


The protection of Australian critical infrastructures and the choices made in terms of priorities and cost all impact upon the planning, precautions, and security aspects of protecting these important systems. Often, the choices made will have an ethical imperative that is difficult to assess at the time the decision is taken, and it is only after an incident that the truth of the choices made become fully evident. This is the focus of this discussion that highlights the issues of earlier resource funding choices made and how an ethical choice had to be made, with regard to protecting the security of a water supply infrastructure, or that of a community under the threat of bushfire as outlined in the case study.


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