CIPRE Conference 2016

The IET Sectors: Information and Communications, Built Environment and Transport, organised a roundtable discussion event at the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience (CIPRE) conference on 1 March 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade in The Netherlands.

Chaired by Blane Judd, Sector Chairman for the Built Environment, the IET roundtable discussion explored the inter-operability of systems for greater resilience across transport, the built environment and communications systems. Topics on discussion included improving the resilience and security of systems in the transport and built environment sectors, the consequences in terms of security and resilience in relation to wireless connectivity and how will the Internet of Things affect the interoperability of systems and what are the potential consequences for security and resilience.

At the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, Europe, leading stakeholders from across Europe and around the world once again came together in The Hague to learn, discuss and debate some of the crucial issues and threats facing all nations, in ensuring the normal functioning of critical infrastructure in the face of increased threats of terrorism and crime, as well as natural and manmade disasters. The IET had a central role to play with a high level roundtable debate the day before the conference. Image of cross section of audience at cipre 2016 conference  

The event was attended byArd vanderSteur, Minister of Security & Justice from the Netherlands and Deputy Mayor Ingrid vanEngelshoven, which shows the importance of this subject. The deliberate targeting of critical infrastructure by criminals, foreign powers and terrorists is now a fact of modern life. Our vulnerability to this kind of hostile activity is only going to increase as we depend more and more on information technology to manage these systems.
So whether it is physical threats, like the sniper attack that knocked out a substation in California and the deliberate sabotage of the Doel 4 nuclear reactor in Belgium, or cyber-attacks, the numbers of which are now too numerous to list here what is needed, is a holistic approach to infrastructure security.

Then after a plenary session which discussed bridging the gap between Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP), the conference split into two dedicated CIP and CIIP tracks. After a day and a half of high quality speakers and debate the two tracks then converged once again for a final plenary session.

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