Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe

Ricardo Baretzky

Ricardo Baretzky
European Centre for Information Policy and Security (ECIPS)


Ricardo Baretzky is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on Global Policy and Security Matters.

Ricardo Baretzky, a Belgian national, is a recognized expert on terrorism and global threats. Baretzky advises governments and multi-national commercial enterprises with regard to their Internal Risk Governance, external security policies, and cyber terrorism risk management.

Ricardo Baretzky is the current President of ECIPS (European Centre for Information Policy and Security) in the European Union, with its main statute based in the UK. In addition he serves as a Co – Directorate of CYBERPOL, the International Cyber-Security Organization (ICSO).

His Institution and Capacity Building in complex -international multi-disciplinary structures and political – cultural work settings offers experience in Europe, Africa and Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, particularly (multi-disciplinary) institutional, organizational and operational development of Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence, Policy and the Rule of Law Services.

Baretzky advises international intelligence organizations, law-enforcement and military flag officers, and multi-national commercial enterprises with regard to their “Internal IT Security Governance” and external security policies.

He is co-author of the specialized book, Lo Stato Islamico, and is often called as a guest speaker in conferences organized by international institutions. He is a Co-founder of the European Centre for Information Policy and Security (ECIPS) and presently the President of the ECIPS.

As an Independent experienced Consultant- Evaluator / Assessor; ex-post/ex-ante, since 2003, his settings covered governmental, political, and operational sensitive settings including Africa, Pakistan, South East Asia, Korea, China and Russia.

Bartezky is a recognized expert member of the Council of Europe Octopus Cybercrime Community and the International Intelligence Community (IIC). When a Global Security threat, a European National Cyber Security (ENCS) or the protection of your Intellectual Property is in question from African and Asian threats, Baretzky is to be consulted.

In the past, he served as Vice President of Sowoon Technologies S a r l Switzerland. He advises international multi-national commercial enterprises and governments on global threats such as terrorism and cyber risk management.

Ricardo was a Keynote speaker at the 3rd World BorderPol Congress held in Budapest Hungary attended by 27 Heads of Service, 18 Deputy Heads and 93 Heads of Department, Managers and senior officials.

The Critical Border Cyber Defense Infrastructure

CYBERPOL, the International Cyber-Security Organization (ICSO) managed by the ECIPS announced that most airports have Wi-Fi installed and today almost all international airports provide free Wi-Fi connection to all transit passengers.
On 8 March 2014 at 01:20 MYT less than an hour after takeoff the a Boeing 777 carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations disappeared. Much speculation and debated entered the markets on whether this was an act of terrorism or not? One of the critical questions arose by CYBERPOL : Could flight 370 have been hacked? CYBERPOL delegated European Centre for Information Policy and Security (ECIPS) to investigate. The following critical infrastructures were found to be of variable importance.
The ECIPS study found that in all the airports of 28 European countries, not excluding the Malaysian airports, a loophole of a critical cyber infrastructure is allowing border access without noticeable trace. What does this all mean? In short. It was found that Wi-Fiand mobile data in airports are not monitored for sensitive data traffic and this increases the risk of cyber-hacking dramatically from international airport space and waters.
What is most alarming is that according to a research, that there is no Wi-Fi or mobile data transfer backups at any airports and at the same time, there is no package filtering or collecting of data done, making it the perfect place for international sabotage or crime syndicates. Highflyers cyber hackers can literally stay on the run without any trace, whilst this vulnerability is being exploited by terrorist and crime syndicate organizations.
The threats are not limited to airport security but extends to energy, transport and telecoms itself. Telecom Wi-Fi hotspots are springing up like mushrooms all over the EU. Its estimated that UK has over 120 000 free Wi-Fi Telecom hotspots alone. Technically it leaves a wide open area for terrorist and cyber crime to function. The same free unmonitored Wi-Fi supply leaves open for espionage and date theft as recently shown in the leaks from former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden show China stole the designs for American-built F-35 scandal where it was purported that China stole the patents of the new F35. The key question is, not, how did they do it and how was it done but where it was done ! It easy to say we were hacked and much easier to say who it was then to say where it was from. It could very well be that a hacker used a Wi-Fi hot spot unknown and redirected his ip and mac via a Chinese authority that was based in a critical infrastructure who used the stolen F35 data for financial gain sold to a opposition of the manufacturer. Little control means much problems to be solved and too much assumption leads to much destruction. The fact is that we don’t manage cyber risk assessment appropriately and needs to be very vigilant about it.
One of the ECIPS research areas and main concerns are the risk of energy suppliers across Europe, that in many cases, has out dated firewalls and equipment. Europe is host of over 400 Nuclear stations and the Cyber threat risk goes on. The ECIPS concluded that much funding is needed and that the European digital budget of 10 Billion for 2015 is hardly enough to pay student doing the research. Its noteworthy that the budget does not make any provision for security at all.
The study also found that due to a lack of funds and technology in some places, no airport has been in position to monitor any data via Wi-Fi and mobile applications, thus meaning that Cyber- Terrorist might have found a new way of leaving no trace of activities. Could this have been the missing link to Flight 370’s disappearance ?
Our solutions:
More education programs and research with functional deliverables are necessary, Digital cyber crime prevention budges across Europe has to be given priority without delay. Training and education for law enforcement officers on Cyber risks are paramount in the day and age of the computer industry we live in. Unless we pay attention CyberCop will fail to protect the critical infrastructures of our world we know that can lead to catastrophic shutdowns of government in any cyber war to come.
How many wake-up calls do we need before serious urgency is given to Cyber Threat Management before we see a cyber attack on our critical infrastructure on the scale of 9/11 or worse such as the 446 Nuclear plants in our backyard?

How much resilience is too much.