5. Securing Critical Infrastructures Through Research: EU Law, Policy and Ethics

By Stefano Fantin, Centre for IT and IP Law, KU Leuven Sint Michielsstraat 6, box 3443, 3000 Leuven, Belgium | Jenny Bergholm, Centre for IT and IP Law, KU Leuven Sint Michielsstraat 6, box 3443, 3000 Leuven, Belgium | Sofie Royer, Centre for IT and IP Law, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, Belgium

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Published: 15 Sep 2021

© 2021 Stefano Fantin | Jenny Bergholm | Sofie Royer

Abstract

The current chapter will map the landscape with respect to both research and operations in the domain of critical infrastructures. In particular, it will focus on SIPS (sensitive industrial plants and sites) and OESs (operators of essential services). Afteran outline of the main legal, ethical and regulatory obligations for securing such premises and infrastructures, the second half of this chapter will be centred on security operations,the legal and ethical perspectives of applied security research outlining a methodology for research compliance which is commonly known in the European security research community as SELP (societal, ethical, legal and privacy) method.