Program – Day Three


9:00am-9:45am – Session 6: 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?
Chair: John Donlon QPM, FSI

Infrastructure Interdependency Assessment to Inform Resilience Investments – Paul Lewis, Program Lead, Argonne National Laboratory

EU Joint effort to tackle Cybersecurity: the case of the NIS Directive – Alessandro Lazari, Regional Director – Mediterranean, International Association of CIP Professionals & KPMG Advisory, Italy

9:45am-10:30am – Session 7: Crisis Management, Coordination & Communication
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.
Chair: John Donlon QPM, FSI

Creating an Emergency Management and Preparedness Program – Stephanie Murphy, Assistant Vice President, Resiliency and Critical Infrastructure Programs, Tidal Basin Government Consulting

Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the city of Washington, DC, USA

10:30am-11:15am – Networking Coffee Break

11:15am-12:30pm – Session 8: Operationalizing Critical Infrastructure Resilience
It has been nearly 15 years since an infrastructure failure killed more than 1800 and devastated New Orleans; 14 years since Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) was introduced to America and 9 years since “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience” was proclaimed America’s goal. Despite much activity surrounding “all things infrastructure,” evidence of CIR remains conspicuous in its absence. This panel will focus on “operationalizing” CIR to correct America’s cyber-reliant preparedness and security trajectories and ensure the safety, security, quality of life and future for this and generations of Americans’ to follow.
Chair: Jeff Gaynor, President, American Resilience

Rob Cheng, CEO, PC Matic

Randy Spivey, CEO and Founder, Center for Personal Protection and Safety (CPPS).


12:30pm-2:00pm – Delegate Networking Lunch

2pm-3:30pm – Session 9: PANEL DISCUSSION: City Case Study – Integrated Approach to Municipal Crisis Management Resilience & Emergency Response
In a major city such as New Orleans, the importance of its critical infrastructure cannot be under-estimated. From its key Port of New Orleans, New Orleans International Airport to power generation, healthcare, technology sectors and retail, for the city’s population of nearly half a million, and broader county population of nearly 1.5m, a terrorist attack or natural disaster on critical infrastructure would have a devastating impact on the regions lives and economy. New Orleans is at threat from tropical storms – since 2000, 28 tropical storms have seriously threatened New Orleans, with Hurrican Katrina completely devastating the city in 2005 – as well as the increasing threats from terror attacks. How does a City such as New Orleans best prepare for the expected and unexpected. What Best Practice does NOLA employ in its threats assessment, emergency response and disaster management? How do the emergency services and critical infrastructure operators collaborate to ensure high levels of resilience and mitigate the impact of such attacks/disasters? Here we learn from the key divisions and CI in this exciting City Case Study of New Orleans.
Chair: John Donlon QPM FSI

Michael M. Antoine, Deputy Director, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

Phil Constantin, US Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Region VI

Collin Arnold, Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, City of New Orleans

Senior Representative – Region VI, FEMA


Questions, Discussion, Round Up and Conference Close by John Donlon QPM, FSI, Conference Chairman