Protection of Critical National Infrastructure: Challenges for the Private Security Sector


  • Branko Mihaljević University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica, Croatia


protection, critical infrastructure, private security


The world in the new decade comes with heavy baggage from the previous periods. It is important to emphasize that these events opened a number of important new safety trends worldwide which will be facing us in the future: the emergence of new urban violence, rising food prices and an increase in hunger worldwide, an increase in migration processes from areas of endangerment and low resources towards those rich in resources, an increase in intolerance and ethnic violence in developed societies, the development of various movements and activities which create new security challenges for modern states, but also the human community as a whole, more frequent natural disasters, threats to critical infrastructure, and similar occurrences. It seems that in the future we will be facing the challenges that have arisen in the past, but for which we have not found a solution to reduce or eliminate them, and new challenges that could significantly jeopardize the many forms of modern life. One of the negative consequences of such a development could be our feeling that the challenges are becoming more complex and our political institutions do not have enough power to deal with them, which could initiate a search for new answers that do not necessarily have to mean progress but rather the opposite. If we add intense terrorist attacks and threats out of control even in traditionally resilient societies to all of the above, then the times in which we live show an ever greater need for the involvement of the private security sector in the protection of critical infrastructure, people, assets and operations at all levels of the societal organization. The solution lies in the good communication and cooperation between the public and private security sector, where the private security serves only a preventive role.


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How to Cite

Mihaljević, B. (2018). Protection of Critical National Infrastructure: Challenges for the Private Security Sector. Annals of Disaster Risk Sciences, 1(1), 47–56. Retrieved from