Introduction: Terrorism as a threat to open societies

Peter Lehr*

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In the introduction, I offer an overview of the book and the issues discussed in it. I introduce the individual chapters, but also familiarize readers with the basics of risk assessment and risk management as parts of the field of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). In particular, I briefly talk about criticality, vulnerability, and threat, to then address questions on how to manage or mitigate risks posed by terrorism. In that regard, I highlight the role of technology in countering this threat and its relevance for both CIP and Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR). In a nutshell, the introduction aims at firmly anchoring the book in the field of CIP/CIR in order to give it a shelf life that goes beyond the current threat posed by Al Qaeda and ISIS/Daesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAdvanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Agency of things
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
  • Future of terrorism
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management


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