Frederic Petit

Frederic Petit

  • Project Officer
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy

Frédéric Petit is a Project Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Unit on Space, Connectivity, and Economic Security, where he conducts R&D activities in critical entities’ protection and resilience and the development of frameworks and tools to inform resilience enhancement strategies and policies.
Before taking this role at the JRC in 2023, Frédéric was Principal Infrastructure Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, United States, for 13 years, where he led the development of decision-analysis methodologies for assessing the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. He has been actively engaged in the development, implementation, and education (training and communication) of risk assessment methodologies for various critical infrastructures, critical functions, and critical entities for more than 20 years.
Frédéric holds a particular interest in developing risk and emergency management approaches that will enable a better understanding of both socio-technical and environmental risks and will also account for the needs of the public while promoting regional and community resilience. He is an internationally recognized expert in infrastructure interdependencies and co-author of the standard operating procedure used by U.S. government agencies to better understand and incorporate these complex relationships into their assessment programs.
Frédéric earned a Ph.D. and an M.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in Canada, an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences / Environment from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada, and an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Joseph Fourier University in France. He serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection and is a member of the editorial board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems


  • Implementation and Impacts of CER Directive and NIS2 Directive

    The CER and NIS2 Directives come into force in October 2024, where failing compliance could bring hefty fines, operational restrictions, or even shutdowns for critical infrastructure owner/operators. Non-compliance exposes vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and disruptions. What are the implications on the operator/owners and agencies and what impacts could there potentially be on public safety and economic stability? How has implementation gone to date and what more needs to be done?

  • Risk Mitigation and Management

    Proactive threat preparation significantly reduces disruptions to infrastructure and the broader community, bolstering resilience, safety and security. How can we effectively address these evolving physical and cyber threats to minimize outages and financial losses?

  • Transposition of the CER Directive