A Holistic-Reductionistic Approach for Modeling Interdependencies

  • Stefano De Porcellinis
  • Gabriele Oliva
  • Stefano Panzieri
  • Roberto Setola
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 311)


Modeling and analyzing critical infrastructures and their interdependencies are essential to discovering hidden vulnerabilities and threats. Several current approaches engage a holistic perspective and rely on abstract models; others incorporate a reductionistic perspective and focus on inter-domain and intra-domain interactions among elementary components. This paper proposes a mixed approach in which holism and reductionism coexist. A critical infrastructure is expressed at different, albeit interrelated, levels of abstraction, and intermediate entities that provide specific aggregate resources or services are introduced.


Interdependencies complex systems holistic-reductionistic modeling 


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  • Stefano De Porcellinis
  • Gabriele Oliva
  • Stefano Panzieri
  • Roberto Setola

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