Cultural Lens of Critical Infrastructure Protection

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The modern diversification of nowadays risks and threats has led to an expansion of the significance of the concept of national security which is including today elements from the economic, social, technological fields. The importance of critical infrastructure issues was originally discussed by the United States that included it among national security issues as early as the ‘90s. This good practice was soon generalized worldwide, with each state being concerned about developing its own strategy to protect critical national infrastructures and about participating in the optimal operation of transnational ones. However, the mere reading of the legislative texts devoted to critical infrastructures reveals some significant differences between states in the way of approaching this issue. In this study, we propose to conduct a comparative analysis of the critical infrastructure protection strategies of the United States, Germany, Australia, Japan and Romania, having as a filter the model of cultural dimensions proposed by Geert Hofstede (1981). From this perspective, we will try to highlight how the dimensions of cultural software has shaped the way this issue is addressed. We will also analyze the extent to which these differences are elements that facilitate or endanger the protection of critical infrastructure at national and international level.
critical infrastructure, intercultural context, cultural legislation