2021 Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience North America outline topics of discussion include:

Plenary Session Topics

Strategies in CI Protection & Resilience
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? How can we best identify and manage risk and how do we best apply system-thinking to strengthen critical infrastructure resilience?

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?

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.

Operationalizing Critical Infrastructure Resilience
“Since January 10, 2006, the date Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) was introduced to America, and as threats to America’s inextricably cyber-reliant critical infrastructures continue to mount, we continue to study and discuss all things infrastructure.
It’s now time to start implementing objectively measurable and operationally proven metrics and methodologies to correct America’s increasingly exploitable and exploited cyber-reliant preparedness and security trajectories.
How do we co-ordinate a “top-down” AND “bottom-up” approach, where all critical infrastructure requirements and operations naturally merge?”

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.

CIP / Physical Security Track

Emerging Threats For Critical Infrastructure
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?

Countering the Emerging Threats – Security, Risk & Disaster Mitigation
Being prepared for the changing threat environment can benefit greatly in mitigating its impact on infrastructure or crowded places, ensuring resilience, safety and security. How can we counter these emerging threats to minimising loss of service and financial impact?

Methodology, Modelling, Simulation & Machine Learning
Predicting how threats can impact business continuity of critical assets can be of major benefit for planning resiliency or emergency response. This affects both financial and resource planning. So what are the latest roles and assessments in modelling and methodology? What role can machine learning play in building more accurate simulation?

Securing the Physical CI Asset
The physical infrastructure asset requires just as much focus from natural disasters, terrorist or man-made threats. Ensuring our assets are protected and resilient ensures continuity of supply and service, so what technologies are emerging to secure physical environments?

CIIP / Cyber Security Track

Cybersecurity Legislation, Standards & Best Practice
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.

AI, Machine Learning and Augmented Reality in Cybersecurity
How can we use AI, quantum computing capabilities, augmented reality and machine learning to create resilience in our infrastructure? How can it affect the environment, transport, smart cities, etc? What are the emerging technologies and how can they assist in disrupting threats?