But despite the UK's alarmist tone on the incoming NIS directive, it's not just about the hefty £17m fines.
Suburban areas feel infrastructure stress most acutely. Having to deal with severe inadequacies, suburbs offer fertile ground for infrastructure experimentation and innovation.
Long-term privatisation contracts, most of them closed to scrutiny, lock urban infrastructure into 20th-century formats unsuited for a climate-threatened planet.
Politicised transport projects that flout proper process lead to hostility between residents and governments, and give planners a bad name.
Australia has lagged behind some other countries in its investment in smart cities, but in retrospect that may not have been such a bad thing.
Critical infrastructure is our means of survival as an urban species. So, we must identify what is critical, for whom and how it might fail us.
Most of our hospitals were not designed to cope with the health impacts of future extreme weather. And hospital infrastructure has not been adapted to secure health care during such events.
Labor says that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen 20% under the Abbott-Turnbull government. Is that right?
How can we tell whether we have an infrastructure deficit? And if we do, how big is it?
The cyberattack that brought down a city's power supply in Ukraine is a cautionary tale for what lies ahead.
A security rethink is required for protecting critical infrastructure - and it relies on accepting not all attacks can be prevented.