High Level Speakers And Key Agencies Converge On London To Discuss Securing Europe's Critical Infrastructure

Top Quote Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe, www.cipre-expo.com, will take place at the prestigious Guoman Charing Cross Hotel in the heart of London on 12th-13th February and has attracted a leading line up of international speakers for the discussion on the future of securing Europe's critical infrastructure. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 01, 2014 - Opening Keynote
    The Opening Keynote Session will commence on 12th February at the Guoman Charing Cross Hotel, which will see Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Former Minister for International Security Strategy at the Ministry of Defence, UK and Dr. Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy, Cabinet Office, UK will deliver high level presentations looking at the current climate and future prospects for the security of critical national infrastructure.

    Discussing the hot issues and challenges in CIP
    Energy, transport and telecomms infrastructure are three key elements in any modern industrial nation, regularly out of the news, and are indeed often used as a measure of a nations stage of development. Whether it's the oil, gas or electricity used to power the transport, heat our homes and power our businesses, national and international telecommunications or passenger travel through airports to rail, or freight through our ports and harbours to road and rail, power, transport and telecommunications are the crucial economic lifeblood of any modern industrial economy.

    Therefore should they be damaged; by terrorist attack, by natural or by man-made disasters, they have the potential to cause damage to the economy far in excess of any physical damage they may incur. The problem for the authorities, operators and agencies is to ensure the right balance of security, safety and resilience in facilities that are widely dispersed and in the case of transport, public places.

    Clive Bairsto, Global Head of Business Resilience, National Grid, UK and Stephen Gregory,Chief Executive Officer, Harnser Risk Group, UK will lead the discussions in this session.

    And what are these emerging and future threats?
    Some threats are well known and remain a persistent danger, but what are the evolving, emerging and potential threats. A significant proportion of emerging threats remain man-made, so how do we identify, manage and deal with them?
    Thomas Wuchte, Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Austria; Phil Chesworth, Head of Infrastructure Portfolio, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), UK and Paul Gelton,Director Resilience, Threat and Risk Analysis Department, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security, Ministry of Security & Justice, Netherlands will present their findings and the challenges that face Europe's CNI.

    One of the hot media stories recently has been around the challenges with cyber security. The potential for a cyber attack to compromise our power, financial, communications systems has been widely publicised and indeed prolific in recent months. From the individual hacker to state sponsored attacks, what are the threats and how do we counter them?

    Dr. Evangelos Ouzounis, Head of Unit - Secure Infrastructure and Services, ENISA - European Network and Information Security Agency, Greece; Paul Gillen, Head of Operations, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), Europol, Netherlands and Annemarie Zielstra, Director International Relations Cyber Resilience TNO (and former Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in the Netherlands CPNI.NL) will lead the discussion in this key topic area.

    You can see the full conference programme, and find further information on the web site www.cipre-expo.com.

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