Program


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.

Realities and the Resilience Imperative
America is the most cyber-reliant nation on the planet. Global predators recognize this self-inflicted condition and are very successfully exploiting it. The immediate and looming consequences of America’s reliance on technologies it has been unable to “secure” grow by the millisecond. Through predators’ eyes, America’s reliance on cyberspace is its Achilles Heel. Seven years after its post-Katrina introduction, “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience” (CIR) finally became America’s goal. Despite this, CIR remains conspicuous by its absence. To correct its increasingly exploitable and perilous critical infrastructure and national preparedness trajectories, the panel will offer the objectively measurable, performance-based means to achieve and sustain CIR for this and generations of Americans to follow.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The cyber-physical security challenge
How do we address the rapidly converging cyber-physical security space?
Cyber attacks and Ransomware are becoming real issue and concern, where Colonial Pipeline and Solar Winds are recent prime examples. These cyber attacks are having an increasing impact on the physical assets infrastructure, requiring greater collaboration in the cyber-physical domain to better protect critical infrastructure
The strategy of ransomware cyber attacks on critical infrastructure has wider implications across other infrastructure services, and a broader economic impact on, for example, the price of petrol and oil, or panic purchasing from stores,
Such cyber attacks, of which Ransomware is most common at the moment, should be a concern to us all. Are these State sponsored cyber hacks with the objective to disrupt, spread miscommunication and gather intelligence, or professional criminal organisations sponsored looking to make ‘easy money’ from creating the threat of economic harm?
The interdependencies of our infrastructures means that such attacks are very difficult to isolate to the single asset.
In this interesting, interactive panel discussion, we explore what happens in these cyber attacks, what lessons should be learned, how they can be prevented, as well as discuss how we can build better cyber-physical security and resilience into infrastructure networks. What is the impact on non-cyber, physical and resilience? Who should take responsibility and how can government, agencies, operators and the supply chains better collaborate to mitigate the next disastrous attack?


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.

IT OT Security and Safeguarding Against Cyber Threats
As more critical infrastructure becomes connected to the web, exposing IT and OT systems to cyber attack, what emerging technologies can assist in disrupting threats?