Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe



Confirmed Speakers include:

– Vittorio Rosato, Head of ENEA – National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy
– Andy Palmer, Border Security Lead, Gatwick Airport Limited
– Jaya Baloo, CISO, KPN
– Alessandro Lazari, Project Officer – ERNCIP (European Reference Network for CIP), European Commission
– Dana Prochazkova, Professor, Czech Technical University in Prague
– Silvio Mascagna, Member of the Security Union Cabinet, European Commission
– drs Michel Verhagen, Program Manager, Digital Trust Center, Directorate-General for Energy, Telecommunications & Competition, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, Netherlands
– Eva Stock, Research Consultant, Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)
– Catherine Piana, Director General, CoESS – Confederation of European Security Services
– Eelco H. Dykstra, Chairman, DIEM – Daily Impact Emergency Management
– Viorel Barbu, Senior Analyst, Ministry of Defence, Romania
– Alexandru Georgescu, Researcher, ROMSPACE – Romanian Association for Space Technology and Industry
– Professor David Last, Consultant, Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation
– Cocolan Miruna-Maria, Counselor, R.A. RASIROM
– Selcuk Nisancioglu, Senior Researcher, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) Germany
– Kalliopi Anastassiadou, Researcher, Federal Highway Research Institute of Germany
– Mirjam van Burgel, Researcher Tele-Vulnerability, Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands
– Caroline Field, Principal/Head of Resilience Practice, MMI Engineering and Chair of the British Standard Committee for City Resilience
– Dr. Simone Sandholz, Senior Researcher, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
– Mia Wannewitz, Research Associate, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
– Eva Stock, Research Consultant, German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
– Ivana Cesarec, Senior Advisor for Prevention Activities National Protection and Rescue Directorate Republic of Croatia
– Assistant Professor Robert Mikac, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience


Attacks on critical infrastructure sites are now a fact of life not simply a potential threat. Power stations, chemical plants, nuclear facilities are routinely targeted by cyber-attacks, the most successful so far being the Ukraine power outage that caused 225,000 customers to lose electricity. Last year an activist landed a UAV carrying small traces of radiation on the roof of the Japanese Premier’s office and this year a UAV collided with a aircraft at London’s Heathrow airport. And of course the terrible attacks on the metro and airport in Brussels. This is just the start of what we can expect to be the repeated targeting of our critical infrastructure. The potential effects not only in terms of loss of life but also in terms of damage to infrastructure, economic disruption and costs, can be enormous.

Once again widespread flooding across Europe in 2015 caused even bigger outages of power and for longer periods than cyber-attacks and the damage to lives, property and businesses was larger still, emphasising the need for planning and preparation on European scale.

We must be prepared!

The European Commission has adopted a communication on Critical Infrastructure Protection in the fight against terrorism, enhancing European prevention, preparedness and response in the event of terrorist attacks involving critical infrastructures.

The European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) considers measures that will enhance the level of protection of infrastructure against external threats, with the Operator Security Plan for all infrastructures designated as European critical.

The European Union is also developing its policy on critical energy infrastructures in relation to the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (“EPCIP”) which considers measures that will enhance, where necessary, the level of protection of certain infrastructures against external threats.


Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe will once again bring together leading stakeholders from industry, operators, agencies and governments to collaborate on securing Europe. The conference will look at developing on the theme of previous events in helping to create better understanding of the issues and the threats, to help facilitate the work to develop frameworks, good risk management, strategic planning and implementation.

The integrity of critical infrastructures and their reliable operation are vital for the well-being of the citizens and the functioning of the economy. The implementation of the EPCIP, under Council Directive 2008/114/EC on the identification and designation of European critical infrastructures and the need to improve their protection, has not been completely successful.

Why the Need for Such a Discussion?

Article 196 of the Lisbon Treaty enshrines in law that the Union shall encourage cooperation between Member States in order to improve the effectiveness of systems for preventing and protecting against natural or man-made disasters.

The Union’s action shall aim to:
(a) support and complement Member States’ action at national, regional and local level in risk prevention, in preparing their civil-protection personnel and in responding to natural or man-made disasters within the Union;
(b) promote swift, effective operational cooperation within the Union between national civil-protection services;
(c) promote consistency in international civil-protection work.

The ever changing nature of threats, whether natural through climate change, or man-made through terrorism activities, either physical or cyber-attacks, means the need to continually review and update policies, practices and technologies to meet these demands.



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