Control rooms and critical infrastructures

Critical Infrastructures Our daily life today depends on technical systems. Without electricity, gas and drinking water supply, industrial production and life in private households would not be possible. Banking transactions without functioning information and communication technology came to nothing. Hospitals would not be functional Almost every area of ​​our daily life is supported by this modern technology.

All these technical systems and facilities in turn require certain basic services in order to function properly. These basic services, which are so important for our society, are known as critical infrastructures (KRITIS).

definition Critical infrastructures (KRITIS) are organizations or facilities with important importance for the state Communities whose failure or impairment would result in lasting supply bottlenecks, significant disruptions to public safety or other dramatic consequences. The Federal Ministry has defined a total of nine different areas in which critical infrastructures (KRITIS) can be found.

• Energy: electricity, gas, mineral oil

• Water: Public water supply, public sewage disposal

• Nutrition: food industry, food trade

• Information technology and telecommunications •

Health: Medical supplies, drugs and vaccines, laboratories •

Finance and insurance: banks, stock exchanges, insurance companies, financial service providers

• Transport and traffic: aviation, maritime shipping, inland shipping, rail transport, road transport, logistics

• State and administration: government and administration, parliament, judicial institutions, emergency / rescue services including civil protection

• Media and culture: radio (television and radio), printed and electronic press, cultural assets, emblematic buildings

An essential component in many systems and facilities that have been defined as “critical infrastructure” are control rooms and control centers for controlling and monitoring a wide variety of processes. In addition to IT security, these control rooms must meet other structural requirements. In order to optimally protect them, essential precautions are essential for safe operation. These are regulated in DIN EN 50518. In it, the structural, technical and operational requirements for control centers are uniformly regulated across Europe for the first time. At the European level, the new DIN EN 50518 for control and security centers was developed by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization Cenelec. Further information on the subject can be found on the website of Federal offices We will be happy to advise you on all the necessary measures in control rooms and control rooms.