Critical Infrastructure Protection Europe announce conference programme

This year’s conference programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe has been announced

Convergence is one of the key issues at next year’s conference so the event will start with a combined plenary session ‘Bridging the communications gap and enhancing the integration, cooperation and security between CIP and CIIP operations’ before splitting into separate CIP and CIIP tracks.

This session examines how as more and more of vital CNI data is being held in cyberspace, opening it up to the threat of an attack that could delivery overwhelmingly disastrous consequences to CNI operations and the wider economy. The link of SCADA networks with IT networks allow better and faster communications, yet increase the threats and risks on SCADA communications. Discussed will be how communication and cooperation, good practice and guidelines can improve cyber security detection and response systems for CIP and CIIP?

Once the conference splits into tracks key discussions will revolve around transport, power and telecommunications which are crucial to the economic lifeblood of any modern industrial economy. The fragility of Europe’s exposed transport network across a borderless continent provides unique challenges, including freight and passenger travel through our ports, harbours and airports. Communications infrastructure becomes key during any threat scenario in which many fail when severely damaged, limiting coordinated efforts and potentially causing 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 subject to diverse ranges of threats.

Another modern phenomenon is the increasing use of smart phones as the preferred option to move or information/data and communicate among businesses and CNI sites. A session will discuss how secure are smart phone for your critical information and data exchange and what can be done to enhance security? With more sophisticated apps and more sophisticated cyber criminals, what’s all the hype around electronic security?

Johan Willemen President of the FIEC will be amongst those who discuss how can we design and build in better security and resilience into critical infrastructure. How can standards be raised and what techniques can be employed to ensure structural analysis and monitoring of a building before, during or after an extreme event?
The final session will again combine CIP and CIIP delegates to discuss where and how agencies and CNI operators better work together for common purpose, resource sharing and intelligence gathering to deliver better value for the tax payer and greater success in delivering security and resilience to our CNI, and improving disaster risk reduction.

The full conference programme, CIP and CIIP tracks and sessions can be found at, along with the speaker line up and event details, such as the IET Round Table being held on 3rd March.

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe, conference and exhibition will bring together leading stakeholders from industry, operators, agencies and governments to collaborate on securing Europe.

The opening keynote presentations will be delivered by Mr Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security & Justice, Minister for Security & Justice, Netherlands and Mr. Fernando Sánchez, Director General, National Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CNPIC), Spain.

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe will take place on 4th & 5th March 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade in The Hague, Netherlands and is hosted by the Ministry of Security & Justice and supported by The Municipality of The Hague and The Hague Security Delta, as well as other key industry bodies.

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