Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe

Jaap Schekkerman

Jaap Schekkerman
Director Global Cyber Security – ICS/CI
CGI Group Inc.
The Netherlands

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Jaap Schekkerman is Director Global Cyber Security at the CGI Group Inc. and an international recognised Thought Leader in the areas of Business Technology Strategy, Enterprise Architecture & Security in Industrial Control Systems / Critical Infrastructure Environments and the Founder & President of the international research organization ‘Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments’ (IFEAD) the Netherlands since 2001. He is even so an Assistant-Professor at the Executive Master Program of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management in Belgium.

Jaap Schekkerman is the developer of CGI’s unique SECURE-ICS family of methods, tools and services to protect Industrial Control Systems / Critical Infrastructures that has proven its value in several industry sectors. He is even so an advisor on Security and Cyber-security topics in Electricity / Energy Regulations for the European Union, the Canadian Public Safety Canada program as well as for the USA NIST Cyber Security Framework for Critical Infrastructure development program.

Jaap Schekkerman is working for more than 40 years in the Business, IT & Consultants world and has more than 25 years experience in managing complex and large Enterprise Architecture & Security Programs in the Defense World, the Governmental area, Healthcare, Energy & Utility Markets, Travel Industry, High Tech Industry, Manufacturing and Oil & Gas Industry.
He has published more than 100+ articles and he is author / co-author of 15 books on topics related to Enterprise Architecture & Enterprise Value Management and Security in Critical Infrastructure environments. Several of his books are standard study books on more than 25 universities all over the world.

Jaap Schekkerman is awarded with the international Global Excellence iCMG Hall of Fame award in 2013, India for his 20 years international contributions to the Enterprise & Security Architecture professions.

Cyber Battlefield: Understanding Nation-State Strategies Behind Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks becomes one of the type of weapons that will change the world’s security landscape of critical infrastructures: 1. Outage of national critical infrastructure: we know that cyber attacks can disrupt government networks, but most current cases simply do not rise to the level of a national security threat. Stuxnet – and Iran’s alleged retaliation against Saudi Aramco – has shifted the thinking on cyber war from theory, closer to reality. But have we seen the limit of what cyber attacks can achieve, or could cybercriminals threaten public safety by downing a power grid or financial market? 2. Cyber Defence: if Nation-States and world leaders begin to view cyber attacks as a strategic weapon that can be used for offensive and defensive tasks, cyberspace will become the next battlefield. Snake malware has recently shown in the Ukraine the potential of espionage rootkits that are capable to destroy complete networks. Several Defence organisation are creating Cyber Task Forces for defensive and offensive activities to protect or attack critical infrastructures. 3. New actors on the cyber stage: the revolutionary nature of computers and the amplification power of networks are not exclusive to the world’s largest nations. Iran, Syria, North Korea, and even non-state actors such as Anonymous have employed cyber attacks as a way to conduct diplomacy and wage war by other means.