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Mitigation of Operational Impacts on Airports by Early Awareness of Malicious Events Impacting Linked Critical Infrastructures

Piekert, Florian and Schaper, Meilin and Stelkens-Kobsch, Tim H. and Predescu, Andrei-Vlad and Günther, Yves and Carstengerdes, Nils (2024) Mitigation of Operational Impacts on Airports by Early Awareness of Malicious Events Impacting Linked Critical Infrastructures. Journal of the Air Transport Research Society, 2. Air Transport Research Society. doi: 10.1016/j.jatrs.2024.100011. ISSN 2941-198X.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2941198X24000101


This paper introduces to security management that is conducted at infrastructure installations and their corresponding technical assets. Malicious activities at those infrastructures lead to a loss of service provision or can even introduce cascading effects towards other connected infrastructures. If an infrastructure satisfies a significant societal need, it is considered a critical infrastructure. The cascading effects can cause secondary effects at the connected infrastructures, such as airports. Airport operations are central to long-distance societal mobility and even small disruptions have knock-on effects throughout the air transport network. The cascading effects that can affect the airport and that originate at linked infrastructures and real-time use of the corresponding information for airport management and collaborative decision-making purposes in an Airport Operations Center are not well known. In what operational way can an Airport Operations Center make use of early awareness of and information about attacks on linked critical infrastructures? In how far do attacks on separate, but interconnected critical infrastructures have an effect on the operations of an airport? By looking at the existing state of the art and ongoing projects in infrastructure security research, disaster and airport management, this paper conducts a gap identification. The identified weaknesses and limitations are already partially addressed by current research projects. What is still unknown is the necessary airport-centric security management view in order to answer the research question. As a consequence, this paper proposes ideas for future necessary airport-centric infrastructure security research.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/198074/
Document Type:Article
Title:Mitigation of Operational Impacts on Airports by Early Awareness of Malicious Events Impacting Linked Critical Infrastructures
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Piekert, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0140-259X157619838
Schaper, MeilinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0003-5189-0242157619843
Stelkens-Kobsch, Tim H.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8485-6628UNSPECIFIED
Predescu, Andrei-VladUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7591-987XUNSPECIFIED
Carstengerdes, NilsUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4056-1502UNSPECIFIED
Date:25 March 2024
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of the Air Transport Research Society
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Air Transport Research Society
Keywords:Security; Resilience; Critical Infrastructure; Situation Awareness; Airport Operational Impact; Collaborative Decision Making
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors, L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Systemergonomy
Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Institute of Flight Guidance > Controller Assistance
Deposited By: Piekert, Florian
Deposited On:15 Apr 2024 11:12
Last Modified:23 Apr 2024 12:14

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