Due to the growing and increasingly complex interconnectivity of today‘s society, the increasing dependence of critical infrastructures as well as the growth of population and population density disasters cause more and more damage. This includes new threats such as cyber-attacks, international terrorism, and natural disasters as a result of climate change or environmental damage. Facing these disasters it becomes an increasingly important task to be prepared for their impacts.
An appropriate instrument to achieve that is a national risk analysis. It provides an important basis for the precautionary planning to protect the population on all governmental levels. It helps to better understand potential threats, to coordinate measures of prevention and precaution, to set priorities in the preparation for and to identify deficiencies in the handling of these threats.
The goal of the study is the definition of methods and concepts for such a risk analysis on a national level. There are already methods and approaches for risk analysis and risk management in use in the respective areas on a national and regional level.
Hence, the main focus of this study lies on the identification of integration opportunities of these existing methods into a national risk analysis. In particular, the areas of national crisis and disaster protection management, critical infrastructure protection and cyber security are inspected in detail. In close cooperation with the public agencies (BKA, BM.I, BMLVS), the existing methods are analysed and their mutual characteristics are identified, which will then be incorporated into a national risk analysis method.
Another crucial point of the study is the identification of aggregation opportunities for the results of the risk analysis in the respective areas (national crisis and disaster protection management, critical infrastructure protection and cyber security). This is to enable a consistent presentation of the results at a higher level of abstraction. The goal is to create a uniform situation report of the security policy.
In general, based on the national risk analysis, a deeper understanding of the dynamics of threats as well as their impacts should be created. In particular, this understanding describes a central success factor for handling these threats. This handling requires close cooperation between the responsible public authorities at a national and regional level as well as with third parties.
DI Dr. Stefan Schauer
AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Kontakt: MR Mag. Alexander Pschikal,
Bundesministerium für Inneres
Kurt Hager, BA, MA
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport
Kontakt: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Göllner, MSc
Name des/der EinreicherIn und/oder ProjektleiterIn
DI Dr. Stefan Schauer