Institution of Engineering and Technology set to host round table debate at CIPRE

CIPRE 2016 runs next March in The Hague and features a twin-track conference programme for security professionals

CIPRE 2016 runs next March in The Hague and features a twin-track conference programme for security professionals

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is preparing to host a round table discussion populated by some of its leading experts at the third annual edition of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe (CIPRE), the conference and exhibition programme for which is scheduled to run in The Hague on 2-3 March 2016.

As a practising risk and security management professional, do you fully understand the emerging and future threats posed to crucial infrastructures from both the physical and cyber security perspectives? Are you and your systems prepared for future threats and possible attacks?

Further, in what ways could European standardisation assist the industry in enhancing security solutions? What are the key enablers for making operator and agency co-operation work on an efficient and effective basis, and how might improvements be made in terms of current practices in order to realise a more efficient delivery?

CIPRE 2016 is supported by many key organisations including The Municipality of The Hague, EU agencies, the UN, NATO, Europol and the IET as well as the International Association of CIP Professionals and UK Trade and Investment.

The event’s special twin-track conference programme has been configured to deliver a leading line-up of international experts who’ll discuss security solutions for Europe’s critical infrastructures from both the physical and cyber perspectives.

Given the ever-increasing threat from cyber attacks on Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), the information and data stored and used by CNI-focused systems and operators can very often be more crucial than the systems themselves. In parallel, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP)is becoming ever more important as part of the cyber security strategy of an organisation or the CNI operator.

Reviewing the convergence agenda

With much focus now being given to the convergence agenda, the critical infrastructure protection track of the programme reflects this by delivering discussions aimed at reviewing potential threats to CNI, smart construction and building-in security resilience, as well as examining ‘Transport, Energy and Telecoms Infrastructure’.

In terms of the latter, this session is part of a UN Economic Commission for Europe Workshop on ‘Security of Critical Transport Infrastructures’ designed to promote the importance of a joint public-private sector responsibility and partnership, raise awareness on what has been done already by countries advanced in this area and gain an understanding of what work needs to be done in the future to secure assets.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

*Fred Ruonavar, Chief of the Contingency Operations and DoD Information Network (DoDIN) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Branch, Operations Directorate, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), USA
*Evangelos Ouzounis, Head of Unit – Secure Infrastructure and Services, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
*Andrew Wright, Head of Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group , NATO
*Elena Ragazzi, Project Co-ordinator ESSENCE, Italy
*Florian Haacke, CSO/Head of Group Security, RWE, Germany
*Bharat Thakrar, Cyber Resilience and Advanced Threat Defence, BT Security Enterprise, BT GS, UK
*Dietmar Gollnick, CEO, e*Message W.I.S. Deutschland GmbH, Germany
*Dr Albert Fritzsche, Researcher, University Erlangen-Nuerenberg, Germany
*Cinzia Secchi, Manager of the Integrated Prevention System Unit, Lombardy Region – GD Safety, Civil Protection and Immigration, Italy
*Ms Lina Kolesnikova, Fellow, Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management
*Selcuk Nisancioglu, Senior Researcher, Federal Highways Research Institute, Germany
*Dimitry Shvartsman, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions, Israel

The IET chairperson will deliver the conclusions of the round table discussions during the main conference sessions. The IET will also be filming the whole conference and making the video footage available to all 80,000 IET members worldwide.

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe will attract national Government agencies responsible for national security and emergency/contingency planning, police and security agencies, representatives from the Emergency Services and local Government, facilities managers from the nuclear, electricity, oil and gas, chemicals, telecommunications, banking and finance sectors as well as those from ISPs, Data Centres and the water supply sector, IT, cyber security and information security managers, port, airport, transport and event security managers, architects, civil engineers and representatives from the EU, NATO and the military.

*Further information is available online

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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