Aviation infrastructure protection: Threats, contingency plans and the importance of networks

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research


Griffiths, M. (2008, December). Aviation infrastructure protection: Threats, contingency plans and the importance of networks. In Proceedings of The 1st Australian Security and Intelligence Conference (p. 44).


Much literature has been published on the vastly disproportionate repercussions that disruptions to critical infrastructure have the potential to create. The security of critical infrastructure requires careful planning as well as rapid response and recovery strategies. The protection of Australia’s airports as sites of critical infrastructure raises many issues common to infrastructure protection. There are legal, cultural and procedural barriers to the sharing of information, as well as a lack of integration within security networks and between the government and owner/operators of infrastructure. These issues must be taken into account to enable effective crisis management at airports. This paper examines the process of planning, incident, and recovery for airports taking into consideration the difficulties associated with critical infrastructure protection. The concepts are illustrated using threat assessment, business continuity, crisis management, and business recovery strategies based on the AS/NZS4360 model for risk management as well as an incident scenario based on credible scenario development. The effective protection of airports must take into account the problems associated with security networks and the interdependent nature of critical infrastructure, as failure to do so invites the potential of a cascading collapse of Australia’s critical aviation infrastructure.

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