2019 Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience North America topics of discussion included:

Plenary Session Topics

Resilience Strategies and Operational Planning in CI
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?.

City Case Study – integrated approach to municipal crisis management resilience & emergency response
In a major city such as Tampa, the importance of its critical infrastructure cannot be under-estimated. From its key Port of Tampa, Tampa 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. Tampa is at threat from tropical storms – three major hurricanes have seriously threatened Tampa – Hurricane Donna (1960), Hurricane Charley (2004), and Hurricane Irma (2017) – as well as the increasing threats from terror attacks. How does a City such as Tampa best prepare for the expected and unexpected. What Best Practice does Tampa 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 Tampa.

CIP / Physical Security Track

Emerging Threats for CI
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?

Latest Technologies for Critical Infrastructure and Critical Asset Protection
From layered solutions to space based CI, as we rely more heavily on technologies and satellites for communications, navigation, observation and detection, the requirement to ensure that ground and space based systems are both secure and resilient becomes more urgent. What new technologies are emerging to secure physical and space based environments?

Crisis Coordination, Management & Response
Planning and preparation is the key to ensuring that CI 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.

PPP & Collaboration in CIP and CIIP
With many critical infrastructures in the hands of private organisations, how does the responsibility of security and resilience lie between government, with public accountability to keep them safe, secure and operational 24/7, and the private operator, with additional responsibilities towards shareholders? How can improving the communication between the public sector and private sector enhance protection and can incentives be employed to better engage private owners into PPP?

CIIP / Cyber Security Track

Cyber Security Regulations, Legislation & Standards
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 practise 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.

IT/OT Integration, Scada/ICS & AI
With increasing use of SCADA systems and the modernisation of smart grid and other industry systems utilising IT, how can the Operation Technology (OT) domain remain totally secure with greater access from internet insecurity? How can Artificial Intelligence play a contributing role in CIP?