Critical Networks - Computer Definition
Infrastructure networks capable of transporting large quantities of data across international boundaries and carrying information relevant to national security and safety, or information of high financial value. During the first week of March 2005, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, a consortium of 24 cybersecurity organizations known as I3P, commenced a nearly $9 million two-year research study for better securing networks controlling critical infrastructures (such as electrical grids, oil refining plants, and water treatment plants). One of the major goals of I3P is to better understand supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and to create products for dealing with flaws found in those systems. I3P, a nonprofit research group managed by Dartmouth College, was founded in September 2001.
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