Collaborative Financial Infrastructure Protection

Tools, Abstractions, and Middleware

  • Roberto Baldoni
  • Gregory Chockler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. The Financial Infrastructure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Enrico Angori, Roberto Baldoni, Eliezer Dekel, Atle Dingsor, Matteo Lucchetti
      Pages 3-39
    3. Walter Beyeler, Robert Glass, Giorgia Lodi
      Pages 41-52
    4. Mirco Marchetti, Michele Colajanni, Michele Messori, Leonardo Aniello, Ymir Vigfusson
      Pages 53-82
  3. CoMiFin Collaborative Platform

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-84
    2. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, Roberto Baldoni, Vita Bortnikov, Gregory Chockler, Eliezer Dekel, Gennady Laventman et al.
      Pages 85-98
    3. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, László Gönczy, György Csertán, Gábor Urbanics, Hamza Ghani, Abdelmajid Khelil et al.
      Pages 99-116
    4. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, Jimmy McGibney, Hisain Elshaafi, Barry P. Mulcahy, Dmitri Botvich, Giorgia Lodi et al.
      Pages 117-138
    5. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, Leonardo Aniello, Giuseppe Antonio Di Luna, Giorgia Lodi, Roberto Baldoni
      Pages 139-156
    6. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, Leonardo Aniello, Roberto Baldoni, Gregory Chockler, Gennady Laventman, Giorgia Lodi et al.
      Pages 157-174
    7. Paulo Esteves Verssimo, Enrico Angori, Michele Colajanni, Mirco Marchetti, Michele Messori
      Pages 175-201
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 203-224

About this book


The Critical Infrastructure Protection Survey recently released by Symantec found that 53% of interviewed IT security experts from international companies experienced at least ten cyber attacks in the last five years, and financial institutions were often subject to some of the most sophisticated and large-scale cyber attacks and frauds.

The book by Baldoni and Chockler analyzes the structure of software infrastructures found in the financial domain, their vulnerabilities to cyber attacks and the existing protection mechanisms. It then shows the advantages of sharing information among financial players in order to detect and quickly react to cyber attacks. Various aspects associated with information sharing are investigated from the organizational, cultural and legislative perspectives. The presentation is organized in two parts: Part I explores general issues associated with information sharing in the financial sector and is intended to set the stage for the vertical IT middleware solution proposed in Part II. Nonetheless, it is self-contained and details a survey of various types of critical infrastructure along with their vulnerability analysis, which has not yet appeared in a textbook-style publication elsewhere. Part II then presents the CoMiFin middleware for collaborative protection of the financial infrastructure.

The material is presented in an accessible style and does not require specific prerequisites. It appeals to both researchers in the areas of security, distributed systems, and event processing working on new protection mechanisms, and practitioners looking for a state-of-the-art middleware technology to enhance the security of their critical infrastructures in e.g. banking, military, and other highly sensitive applications. The latter group will especially appreciate the concrete usage scenarios included.


cyber attacks distributed systems event-based systems financial systems middleware privacy security semantic rooms trust

Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Baldoni
    • 1
  • Gregory Chockler
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica,, Automatica e GestionaleUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”RomaItaly
  2. 2.IBM ResearchHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-20419-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-20420-3
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