Cybersecurity, physical security, and safety

The research line includes studies on the various aspects of security and safety (in particular cybersecurity and occupational safety) addressed from an economic, social and policy point of view.

Even if in this field the technical aspects and the technological evolution mark the time, only by taking into account the social, behavioural and economic aspects one can identify effective solutions for the protection of infrastructures and firms, of workers and citizens.

In the activities of the line, Ircres researchers interact with experts in technical disciplines, with a multidisciplinary approach that covers both economic and policy aspects (theoretical analysis of the behaviour of the actors; cost-benefit analysis; policies, incentives and regulations; impact evaluation; infrastructure protection), and the social and individual ones. To this end, the line is developed by a group of researchers with long experience in impact evaluation and in the analysis of the economic aspects of technologies, relying when necessary on the skills of a broader and more diversified research group, consisting of economists, sociologists, political scientists and statisticians.

The researchers involved in this research line also take part in the activities of the CNR Cyber Security Virtual Lab. This lab was recently implemented in order to coordinate the research activities performed in the CNR Institutes in this field. IRCrES researchers contribute to the lab with their expertise in the socio-economic evaluation of cybersecurity activities, mainly developed in the project ESSENCE (Emerging Security Standards to the EU power network controls and other Critical Equipment) and in the realization of the cybersecurity guidelines on account of NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners).


Research Staff

Giuseppe Giulio Calabrese, Ugo Finardi, Elena Ragazzi, Lisa Sella


cybersecurity, occupational safety, regulation, incentives, evaluation, infrastructures

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