Critical National Infrastructure Conference 2011

Now in their fifth year, RUSI’s CNI conferences are firmly established as the most important public forum for discussion of critical infrastructure policy. Bringing together experts from all the UK’s key sectors, and officials from right across Whitehall, this year’s conference will be the most significant yet.

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The Coalition government’s National Security review and subsequent strategy have placed the protection of the UK’s CNI explicitly at the heart of government’s efforts to secure the UK. The first objective of the UK’s National Security Strategy is now to ‘…ensure a secure and resilient UK by protecting its people, economy and infrastructure.’ This renewed strategic emphasis on the CNI will be delivered through a variety of initiatives which, together, equal the most far reaching reform of CNI policy the UK has ever seen.

Conference Session Structure

Session One - Cyber Security, Information Assurance and CNI

This session will explore the growing importance of cyber networks to critical infrastructure, the changing nature of cyber threats and the technologies, strategies and partnerships best suited to counter them.

Session Two - Natural Hazards and Infrastructure Resilience

This session will examine the threats posed by extreme weather to essential services within the UK, and will highlight the contingency measures through which critical infrastructures might be protected from natural hazards.

Session Three - The Future of UK Energy Security

This session will examine the existing strategies for securing energy supplies within the UK, the vulnerability of these supplies to both natural and man-made hazards, and the challenges and opportunities which emerge from the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Session Four - Nuclear Safety and Security

This session will explore the current threats to civil nuclear sites within the UK, and the lessons which government, industry and regulatory bodies can learn from the recent events in Fukushima, Japan.

Confirmed Participants Include:

  • Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Sir Robert Smith MP, Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
  • Dr Mike Weightman, HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations and Head of ONR
  • Lord Hutton of Furness, Chairman, RUSI, and Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association
  • Senior Manager, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)
  • Sir Paul Lever KCMG Vice President, RUSI Council
  • Janice Dunn Lee Deputy Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
  • Michael Rutter, Head of Energy Resilience, Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Professor Jim Skea, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre
  • David Smith, Chief Executive, Energy Networks Association
  • Paul Warwick, Co-chair, Oil and Gas UK and President, ConocoPhillips
  • Paul Mustow, Head of Centre, Flood Forecasting Centre
  • Mike St John Green, Deputy Director, Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA), Cabinet Office
  • Graham Dalton, Chief Executive, Highways Agency
  • Dr Tim Morgan, Global Head of Research, Tullett Prebon
  • Laurence Marzell, CNI Scan Programme Lead, Serco
  • Lior Frenkel, Co-Founder and CEO, Waterfall Security Solutions
  • Dr Tobias Feakin, Director of National Security and Resilience, RUSI
  • Mark Naysmith, Director of Corporate Security, Deloitte

Watch the session recording

Charles Hendry MP gives the keynote speech for the 2011 Conference

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