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Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Asia

Posted on 13th February 2015 at 10:34am

Announcing the Launch of Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

June 24 – 25, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Asia will bring together leading stakeholders from industry, operators, agencies and governments to collaborate on securing Asia. The conference will look at developing existing national or international legal and technical frameworks, integrating good risk management, strategic planning and implementation.

Torch marketing/KNM Media, organisers of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe, have announced they will be bringing this important topic of discussion to South East Asia, where the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region continues to develop closer ties with the imminent announcement of the Asian Economic Community (AEC), the further integration of the region’s economies and policies, and therefore critical national infrastructure, is inevitable.

This is already being demonstrated with the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline and ASEAN Power Grid – upon which all countries rely – and will continue to integrate further, creating a joint responsibility for their protection and security.

Attacks on critical infrastructure sites are a favoured target for terrorist groups, for good reason. They offer what can be perceived as a soft target, that is, offering maximum effect with minimal chance of interdiction. The potential consequences in terms of damage, the hugely detrimental economic impact, disruption of normal daily life and resulting publicity, can far outweigh the terrorist organisation’s commitment in both manpower and risk.

Southeast Asia has seen a rise in insurgency-related attacks and terrorist activities, creating uncertainty and insecurity on critical national infrastructure. Climate change has also led to more extreme weather patterns, creating additional hazardous, unseasonal and unpredictable conditions and a severe strain on infrastructure.

On a country level, there are strategies to deal with infrastructure protection issues. On a regional level, several teams have been set up to deal with disaster management in general under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), but none are geared towards the protection of critical infrastructure.

Cyber security is also becoming more prevalent, and as more critical infrastructure becomes connected to the internet and exposed to the dangers of cyber attacks, new strategies and systems need to be developed to mitigate these threats.

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Asia will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on June 24 –25 2015 and is being co-hosted by the Department for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (under the Ministry of Interior) and the Ministry of Information and Communication & Technology, as well as support from the Ministry of Transport and Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.

Additional supporting organisations include the International Association of CIP Professionals, BORDERPOL, CYBERPOL, National Security and Resilience Consortium, International Security Industry Organisation and Association of Risk and Crisis Communication and Security Partners Forum.

The ever-changing nature of threats, whether natural through climate change, or man-made through terrorism activities, either physical or cyberattacks, means the need to continually review and update policies, practices and technologies to meet these growing demands.

The agencies, operators, organisations and stakeholders tasked with securing the region's critical infrastructure have a challenging future, and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Asia will bring the discussion to the region for enhancing regional collaboration and co-operation.

For further details visit http://cip-asia.com/

  

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