Informing decisions about risk and resilience

Risk and Infrastructure Security Center

The interconnectedness of infrastructure systems — both physical and cyber — coupled with factors including evolving manmade threats, climate change, population shifts, and aging infrastructure, amplify the risk to infrastructure and community resilience. The Risk and Infrastructure Science Center (RISC) researches, designs, and delivers scientific tools and methodologies to inform decision making regarding the most challenging security, risk, and resilience problems.

Throughout the last two decades, RISC has completed major research efforts and developed unique tools to support local, state, and Federal sponsors in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure. RISC experts have developed methods to understand dependencies and interdependencies, build resilient infrastructures, and respond to emergencies. RISC has developed unique research programs to protect the nation’s cyber-based infrastructure systems; conduct all-source threat analysis; and support emergency preparedness, transportation security, and crisis management in U.S. communities.

Focus Areas

Infrastructure Science

RISC conducts research and analysis to enhance infrastructure resilience and reduce the risk of disruption or destruction from climate change, natural hazards, accidents, or security threats. Our research informs the resilient design of future physical and cyber infrastructure to withstand a full range of manmade and natural threats.

Threat Analysis

RISC experts conduct near-real-time, all-source analysis by fusing intelligence with complex data sets and multi-disciplinary expertise. We also deliver highly sophisticated scientific analysis through actionable products, portals, and tools.

Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research

To ensure the resilience of U.S. infrastructure, it is essential that networks associated with infrastructure assets are protected against increasingly frequent cyber attacks. RISC’s Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research (COAR) team develops and implements the tools and provides the expertise to conduct extensive network analysis to support federal agencies, military sponsors, and commercial organizations in efforts to improve the security and resilience of their network design and operations.

Emergency & Disaster Analysis

RISC experts develop and apply methods and technologies to assist emergency managers, planners, and responders in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from human-caused or natural emergencies and disasters.

Power plant and climate modeling

Integrating Infrastructure and Climate Modeling  

May 5, 2017: Risk and Information Sciences Center (RISC) researcher Tom Wall joins climate scientists Yan Feng and John Krummel ...
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Cyber Defense Competition 2017 Indiana Tech

GSS’s 2017 Cyber Defense Competition

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT April, 2017: GSS’s Cyber Operations, Analysis and Research (COAR) team partnered with Education to host ...
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Chick Macal with WGN's Ben Bradley

The GSS “Doomsday Squad” on WGN TV

March, 2017: Chicago’s WGN TV investigative reporter Ben Bradley was at Argonne in March with a film crew, to tape ...
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Science Careers in Search of Women 2017

Jennifer Fowler Delivers Keynote Speech – 30th Annual Science Careers in Search of Women

March, 2017: Jennifer Fowler is a cyber analyst in RISC’s Cyber Operations Analysis and Research team, and is the first ...
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