ECTS credits: 6
Lectures: 2
Exercises: 1

Course objective:

Introduce the students to the way in which national and European critical infrastructure is organized, the comparative overview of critical infrastructures in individual countries, sectors from which central government administration bodies identify national critical infrastructures, processes which endanger critical infrastructures, the manner of creating critical infrastructure operational risk analysis, security plans of CI owners/managers, as well as handling sensitive and classified data. Through the course, the students are taught to create critical infrastructure operational risk analysis.

Course contents:

Conceptual definition of critical infrastructure according to international standards. Critical infrastructures as part of the national security system and a part of international security. Concept and definition of criticality, content and characteristics of individual elements of critical infrastructure, normative regulation of critical infrastructure and its protection, creating a priority list for critical infrastructure, elaboration of elements for an individual critical infrastructure, interdependence of critical infrastructures and the transfer of vulnerability. Risk elements for critical infrastructures, vulnerability, resilience and redundancy. Protection of CI in Europe and European critical infrastructures. The examples of methodologies and models for analysing critical infrastructure operational risks. Development of scenarios and analyses of threats which could have uncertain impact on the realization of critical infrastructure goals.


Having passed the exam, the students will acquire knowledge on the importance and significance of critical infrastructure in crisis management and will be able to create scenarios and analyses of threats which could have uncertain impact on the realization of critical infrastructure goals.

Learning outcomes:

Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Describe the criticality of individual systems and define the needs for their protection. 2. Recognize emergency situations which threaten the critical infrastructure and its parts. 3. Analyse the causes and effects of crises in critical infrastructures, especially due to their interdependence. 4. Critically assess security measures needed for the continuous functioning of critical infrastructure. 5. Present the CI operational risk analysis for facilities, networks and systems of national importance. The aforementioned learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study programme: - Explain the national security system and the basic principles of civil protection - Explain the fundamental issues related to the environmental protection and waste management, as well as prevention and protection in the production, storage and transportation of hazardous substances - Apply risk assessment methodology along with keeping required records - Create civil protection documents - Analyse different assumptions, approaches, results and procedures in security issues