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Critical infrastructure in the shaping of national security
 
 
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Wydział Bezpieczeństwa, Logistyki i Zarządzania, Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna, Poland
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Ewa Żaboklicka   

Wydział Bezpieczeństwa, Logistyki i Zarządzania, Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna, Kaliskiego 2, 00-908, Warszawa, Poland
Online publication date: 2020-03-17
Publication date: 2020-03-26
Submission date: 2020-02-17
Acceptance date: 2020-02-29
 
Security and Defence Quarterly 2020;28(1):70–81
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Objectives:
Critical infrastructure plays a key role in ensuring national security of a state, due to important functions thereof in military, economic, and public administration sectors. The destruction, damage, failure or other deprivation of critical infrastructure of its operational capabilities constitutes a direct threat to the structural and personal security of the state.

Methods:
The research methods and techniques implemented in the research process itself primarily hinge on critical analysis of acts of law and organisational and competence-related documents, subject-matter literature, synthesis and inference in order to reach the formulated objectives based on efficiency criteria.

Results:
The main findings indicate that critical infrastructure is perceived as a set of systems which exerts a substantial impact on the security of the state and, obviously its residents. The results advocate for a reflection that critical infrastructure embraces a number of facilities which appear to be remarkably diverse. They are buildings, structures, installations, equipment and services which, integrally, form cohesive systems which allow proper functioning of a given state. It is the state whose role is just to supervise and coordinate whereas the operators of critical infrastructure are the ones who are to protect it.

Conclusions:
The overall findings of this paper present the notion that safeguarding critical infrastructure is a task of crucial importance to national security of a state and, therefore, it would be worth reconsidering the intensification of rules which apply to the infrastructure of the national security and its efficient functioning.

 
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