Frequently asked questions

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Date published
14 Feb 2022
Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
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What is infrastructure?

Infrastructure is built to support an operation. Resilient infrastructure will also facilitate incident management and response and enable efficient recovery to normal operations post incident. Because of its relationship with the other components of the operation, the operation itself and the operating environment, infrastructure will have multiple dimensions. These are the physical attributes, a temporal attribute in which the infrastructure network/system changes periodically and over its life, a human attribute concern how it is operated and maintained, and the cyber attribute. These attributes are sometimes collectively referred to as the 6-dimensional nature of infrastructure. It is therefore far more than a collection of structures and plant; it is defined by the operation.

What is resilience? 

It is that essential ability of an operation to respond to and absorb the effects of shocks and stresses and to recover as rapidly as possible normal capacity and efficiency.