Plenary Lecture

Resilience Management: Beyond Business Continuity and Risk Management

Professor Jyri Rajamäki
Laurea University of Applied Sciences


Abstract: Business continuity management and risk management systems are based on probabilistic quantitative methods and they are useful for dealing with foreseeable and calculable stress situations. However, they are no longer sufficient to address the evolving nature of risks in the modern cyber-physical world having non-foreseeable and non-calculable stress situations. Also, the high level of interconnectivity in modern society with complexities of large integrated cyber-physical systems (CPS) has opened many avenues for cyber-attacks. Therefore, the issue of cyber-security is currently having and will continue to have a major impact on all organizations and the whole organized society. From the above mentioned reasons, we have an urgent need to complement the existing knowledge-base of business continuity and risk management by developing frameworks and models enabling network-wide resilience management (RM). In the future, RM should be used to allocate resources to enhance resilience. The target of the plenary lecture is to research how resilience management of cyber-physical systems can be understood. The plenary lecture indicates that situational awareness and continuous learning are the prerequisites for any CPS to become resilient.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Jyri K. Rajamäki is currently a Principal Lecturer in Information Technology at Laurea University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Finland. He is an Adjunct Professor of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security at the University of Jyväskylä. Dr. Rajamäki worked ten years (1986-1996) for Telecom Finland, main tasks being uninterruptible power supplies, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and electromagnetic pulse protection. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Rajamäki acted as Senior/Chief Engineer for Safety Technology Authority of Finland where his main assignment was to make the Finnish market ready for the European EMC Directive. Dr. Rajamäki was 17 years the secretary or a member of Finnish national standardization committee on EMC, and he represented 15 years Finland at IEC, CISPR, CENELEC and ETSI EMC meetings. He was the Chairman of Finnish Advisory Committee on EMC from 1996 to 2006. Since 2006, Dr. Rajamäki has been the head of Data Networks Lab of Laurea UAS. Dr. Rajamäki has been the scientist in charge, national coordinator and scientific supervisor for several national and European research projects. For the European Research Area he has acted as the evaluator of the projects. He is currently an advisor board member of the HARMONISE (A Holistic Approach to Resilience and Systematic Actions to Make Large Scale Built Infrastructure Secure) FP7 Project. His current research interests are resilient cyber-physical systems, and overall governance (generation, transmission, storage, processing, sharing, collective use, deletion) of safety critical and/or classified information. Dr. Rajamäki has authored more than 150 scientific publications. Dr. Rajamäki holds M.Sc. degree (1991) in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Lic.Sc. (2000) and D.Sc. (2002) degrees in electrical and communications engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, and PhD degree (2014) in mathematical information technology from University of Jyväskylä.

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