The 2019 Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe topics of discussion included:

Plenary Session Topics

Resilience Strategies in CI
The ability to adapt to changing conditions and prepare for the unexpected will help us more rapidly recover from disruption. Resilience against changing threats, whether cyber or physical, is essential for CI to ensure mitigating economic impacts of disruption. What are the latest ideas and plans in developing resilience strategies?

Growth in Interoperability Between Critical Infrastructure Sectors and Enhancing Cross Industry Resilience
It is the interoperability between independent critical national infrastructures that is the catalyst for multiple failures in the so called cascade effect. As more infrastructure becomes increasingly interdependent, how do we identify the weaknesses to enhance resilience across industries to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of a natural disaster or man-made attack?

Operational Planning in CI
Only by properly recognising and measuring day to day as well as long term risks, are we able to properly implement the sophisticated measures necessary to mitigate risk and build resilience. That could mean anything from plotting climate change to make sure that critical infrastructure is built in a safe location for many years into the future, to ensuring communications satellites are hardened against cyber attacks. How do we better plan for the unknown?

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION & RESILIENCE BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Emerging Threats for CI
The ever changing nature of threats, whether natural, through climate change, or man-made through terrorism activities and insider threats, means the need to continually review and update policies, practices and technologies to meet these growing demands. But what are those emerging threats and how can we identify, monitor and manage their levels of potential damage?

Latest Technologies for Critical Infrastructure and Critical Asset Protection
From layered solutions to space based CI, as we rely more heavily on technologies and satellites for communications, navigation, observation and detection, the requirement to ensure that ground and space based systems are both secure and resilient becomes more urgent. What new technologies are emerging to secure physical and space based environments?

Crisis Coordination, Management & Response
Planning and preparation is the key to ensuring that CI and venue operators have the right equipment, processes and procedures in place to respond in the event of an emergency. Coordination and information sharing is essential for situational awareness and can improve the planning process. How do we better coordinate and co-operate to enhance protection and resilience.

PPP & Collaboration in CIP
With many critical infrastructures in the hands of private organisations, how does the responsibility of security and resilience lie between government, with public accountability to keep them safe, secure and operational 24/7, and the private operator, with additional responsibilities towards shareholders? How can improving the communication between the public sector and private sector enhance protection and can incentives be employed to better engage private owners into PPP?

CRITICAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION & RESILIENCE /CYBER SECURITY BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Cyber Security Regulations, Legislation & Standards
As the threat of cyber-attacks by state actors grows ever higher and attacks by criminals and malicious rogue players continues unabated the need to put in place robust legislation and standards and best practice becomes all the more urgent.

The Developing Cyber Threat Environment
The ability to monitor the cyber threats to CNI can greatly assist the operators and agencies better prepare their defences against cyber attacks on systems and information/data. What is the latest strategic perspective on cyber monitoring and cyber defences for enhancing CIIP?

Strategies and Collaboration in Cyber Defence
To prevent catastrophic disruption or collapse of critical infrastructure CNI operators must develop the strategies, procedures, controls and co-operation to ensure resilience against cyber threats and attacks.

IT/OT Integration, Scada/ICS & AI
With increasing use of SCADA systems and the modernisation of smart grid and other industry systems utilising IT, how can the Operation Technology (OT) domain remain totally secure with greater access from internet insecurity? How can Artificial Intelligence play a contributing role in CIP?

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