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Critical infrastructure: security challenges

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Critical infrastructure: security challenges

Publisher: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, office Skopje

Volume: 178 pages, pdf


The idea of writing a book like the one in front of you, entitled “Critical Infrastructure: Concept and Security Challenges” is a bold scholarly and erudite step. We have directed our long-term scientific and research career to several premises. The first basic premise of this book begins with the concept of critical infrastructure as a general set of values and goods that are essential to the economy, the state and the society. Disruption or destruction of such values and goods could have long-term detrimental effects on the core values of the society. Consequently, when creating a modern concept of critical infrastructure protection one recognizes the need to build a coordinated approach. The second premise that characterizes this book is aimed at showing that the security problems faced by the states today have reached a level of seriousness and urgency. In such situations, it is understandable that quick fixes and ad hoc solutions are not enough and therefore it is necessary to consider actions that will help, or require an effective way of changing the approach to critical infrastructure protection. The third basic premise of this book is the domain of critical infrastructure protection at national level, that is, individually and for this purpose we have singled out the examples of the United States and Croatia and the polices and processes that the EU and NATO have initiated and are striving to coordinate. These experiences are deemed valuable for future directions in the creation of the critical infrastructure protection system in the Republic of North Macedonia. In the interest of a comprehensive analysis, we have also included two eminent foreign critical infrastructure experts, namely, Richard Larkin and Matthew Vatter. Their participation in this project, through their analysis of critical infrastructure protection in the United States, adds particular importance to the book in seeking a meaningful solution in the creation of a critical infrastructure protection system in the Republic of North Macedonia.