Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe

A collaborative approach to CIP

By any standards 2016 was a terrible year for terrorist atrocities, finishing with the truck attack on the crowded Berlin Christmas market that killed a dozen people.

Whether the Berlin attack was a simple copycat of the Nice attack or part of a more directed approach coming from the ISIS, it is difficult to say, but it does reflect a disturbing trend. These are acts of terror that require little organisation, manpower or technological know-how. This makes them difficult to detect and difficult to stop.

We will over the coming months see governments frantically playing catch up as we are now seeing in Germany. Doing their best to put in place measures both to ensure the safety of citizens in public spaces but also reorganise law enforcement to meet the new threat.
This is of course quite right but we must never lose sight of the fact that the terrorists greatest asset is surprise. The terrorist has the luxury of switching target at any time and any place.

Those involved with critical national infrastructure CNI) will know that their time will come.
With so many targets to choose from and the potential for such devastating consequences, it’s inevitable.

Cyber-attacks by hackers on CNI are sadly now routine but these are not usually motivated by terrorism, like the “massive damage” done to the blast furnace of a German steel works in 2014 for which the motive remains unknown.

But sometimes it does happen like the case of the Ukrainian power black-out in 2015 blamed on the Russians and the Sony attack blamed on North Korea in cases of what is alleged to be state sponsored terrorism.

The real fear is the cyber-attack that leads to material damage, such as a chemical leak, an explosive incident or worse, a nuclear incident.

Another major fear is that a cyber-attack is used to disable security systems to enable some sort of physical attack.

Add drones to the mix and the potential for a catastrophic attack on CNI is growing rapidly.

It is this area of convergence between cyber security and physical security where Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, Europe has established its place with a unique two-track conference programme for both physical and cyber security. Leading experts from both disciplines share ideas and expertise in their own fields but come together in combined plenary sessions to network and facilitate co-operation.

This year’s Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe’s programme is particularly strong starting with a keynote address from Sir Julian King, Commissioner for Security Union of the European Commission and CoESS’s very own Director General, Catherine Piana will deliver a progress report on the case for standardization in Critical Infrastructure Protection and other speakers include:

• Dr. Timo Hauschild, Head of CIP section, Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Germany
• Konstantinos Moulinos, CIIP Project Manager, ENISA
• Thomas Wuchte, Head of Anti-Terrorism Issues Transnational Threats Department, OSCE
• Drew Williams, Principal Security Solutions Architect, Leidos (formerly Lockheed Martin), USA
• Philip Rydén, Chief Security Officer, E.ON Sverige AB
• Gonzalo Martin de Mercado, Studies manager, Integrated Applications, ESA – European Space Agency
• Ben Govers, Senior Advisor / Project Manager, Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands
• Jaya Baloo, CISO, KPN, Netherlands
• Andrew Wright, Head of Industrial Resources and Communication Services Group (IRCSG), NATO
• Michael Lowder, Director – Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response, US Dept of Transportation
• Gabriela Matei, Analysis Team Manager, National CYBERINT Center, Romania
• Anjos Nijk, Managing Director, European Network for Cyber Security
• Martin Lee, Technical Lead, Security Research, CISCO
• Dr Zahri Yunos, Chief Operating Officer, Cyber Security Malaysia

Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe will take place from 9th -11th May in The Hague, Netherlands, the city of peace, security and justice, and will see topics covered include:

Emerging and Future Threats on CNI

Threats to critical national infrastructure come in many forms, whether it is UAV’s, disruption of GPS/GNSS signals or flood waters. Identifying new and potential threats is crucial to enabling governments, law enforcement, operators and stakeholders to take the necessary steps to mitigate against possible disruption.

Public Private Partnership – Successful Risk Management and Resilience

As so much critical national infrastructure is in the hands of public sector organisations – Public, Private Partnership is a prerequisite for successful risk management and resilience.

Transport and Energy Security & Building in Resilience

The energy sector is particularly vulnerable to both climate change and terrorist attack and whilst the transport system is vulnerable, it is also crucial to the resilience of all areas of CNI.

Enhancing Preparedness & Response Capabilities

Prior, planning and preparation is the key to ensuring that CNI operators have the right equipment, processes and procedures in place to respond in the event of an emergency.

Cyber Security Legislation, Best Practice & Standards

As cyber-attacks become increasingly common, it is the role state actors to ensure that robust and comprehensive legislation is in place to ensure the proper protection and resilience of critical national infrastructure as well as promote the application of best practice.

Emerging Cyber Threats

The increasing complexity, large scale connectivity and interdependency of CIP and CIIP systems makes identification of new and emerging threats more urgent than ever.

Critical Information Analysis, Protection and Response

How do we ensure that CNI operators have the right analysis and protection systems in place to prevent the disruption or destruction critical information infrastructure and have the right resilience procedures in place the event of a breach?

Cyber Techniques and Technologies to Detect, Prevent and Protect

The increasing levels of cyber-attacks and advanced persistent threats require a new approach to cyber protection. Detecting and preventing intrusion earlier in the attack is critical and developing a multi-layered approach are key to success. New methodologies, devices and technologies must be found to detect threats as early as possible and provide strength-in-depth.

For more information about Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe visit our website.

May 9 2017 to May 11 2017
The Hague, Netherlands

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