2023 Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience North America outline topics of discussion include:

Plenary Session Topics

CI Interdependencies and Cascading Effects in Community Situational Awareness
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? How should the CI community build situational awareness to mitigate the cascading effect across infrastructures.

Panel Discussion: “The Last Mile” Community Roles in Critical Infrastructure and National Preparedness
Given over 90% of US critical infrastructures are privately owned and operated, how do we make infrastructure preparedness objectively measurable and moreover, personal? The implementation of nationally comprehensive and compatible, objectively measurable and operationally proven solutions are required to correct situational awareness, information and requirements gaps between critical infrastructure sectors, operators and consumers to meet the the Presidential (PPD-21) infrastructure policy goals. ‘Communities’ are “The Last Mile” of critical infrastructure product and service delivery. The panel will focus on this reality and the means to actively engage America’s communities in informing and achieving America’s infrastructure and National preparedness goals.

Emerging Threats against CI
The ever changing nature of threats, whether natural, through climate change, or man-made through terrorism activities and insider threats, and coupled together with the latest challenges with cyber attacks from many directions, creates the need to continually review and update policies, practices and technologies to meet these growing demands. But what are those emerging threats, both physical and cyber, and how can we identify, monitor and manage their levels of potential damage?

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 CI Resilience Imperative
America is the most cyber-reliant nation on Earth. The consequences of its ever-mounting reliance on technologies it cannot protect or secure effectively makes Critical Infrastructure America’s Achilles Heel. In 2013 PPD-21 made “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience” America’s preparedness goal. Nine years later, Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) remains conspicuous in its absence. To correct America’s increasingly consequence enabling and multiplying preparedness trajectory, the panel will offer the reality and performance-based means to achieve and sustain CIR for this and generations of Americans to follow.

Developing Resilience Strategies
How do we develop and plan the best resilience strategies within our CI community? Through discipline in information sharing and making infrastructure preparedness personal, we can help to build resilience into our infrastructures that benefit the whole community.

Mitigating Major Threats
Being prepared for the changing threat environment can benefit greatly in mitigating its impact on infrastructure and the broader community, ensuring resilience, safety and security. How can we counter these emerging physical and cyber threats to minimise loss of service and financial impact?

Technologies to Detect and Protect
What are some of the latest and future technologies, from ground surveillance, space based or cyber technology, to predict or detect the wide range of potential threats to CNI.

Mini Symposiums

Power & Energy Sector Symposium
The energy sector has become the most critical of sectors. Without power, driven by oil, gas and renewable energies, all other CI stops. Recent cyber attacks on the energy sector, as well as natural hazards, from hurricanes in the Gulf to fires in California, gives much room for thought on how we best protect our most vital assets, including IT/OT and SCADA systems. How can we mitigate the impact of an attack or outage on the wider community and society.

Transport Sector Symposium
The movement of goods and people is vital to a local and national thriving economy. Without a safe, secure and resilient transport network, an economy will crumble. The transport network, from rail, road, air and sea, is at threat from cyber attacks, terrorist threats and natural hazards and its protection and resilience is key for communities and countries to maintain their economies.

Communications Sector Symposium
Communications is key to any community and its infrastructure assets has become increasingly threatened. Without communications, business will be lost, and any emergency coordination would be a disaster. The internet has become a vital part of communications for all. Protection of communication assets and their resilience is vital for businesses, government and all sectors of CI.

CBRNE Sector Symposium
Sectors such as Chemicals, Nuclear and Water/Wastewater are as much at threat from an attack as a threat they pose that could include CBRNE agents in terrorist attacks against CI. The convergence of biological and cyber sector issues also characterises an evolving frontier in health security, and mitigation of such attacks is as much of a consideration as post attack resilience.

Critical Manufacturing & Logistics Sector Symposium
Critical Manufacturing Sector security practices are frequently integrated across industry (especially with increasingly converging physical and cyber technologies), they can be organized into four major categories: physical, cyber, personnel, and supply chain. Combining manufacturing with the need for resilient logistical operations, in order to ensure reliable and timely delivery is key to any thriving economy.

Government, Defence & Space Sector Symposium
As we rely more and more heavily on satellites for communications, navigation, observation and security/defence, the requirement to ensure that space based systems are both secure and resilient becomes more urgent. Government networks and systems need to lead security and resilience across agencies and departments for confidence throughout the CI sectors and communities. What impact does the Government, Defence and Space based systems have as a growing role in CI resilience.