International Seminar on Critical Infrastructures


On 30th – 31st May 2017, ESReDA (European Safety, Reliability & Data Association) in collaboration with Lithuanian Energy Institute and Vytautas Magnus University is organizing the 52nd ESReDA Seminar on Critical Infrastructures: Enhancing Preparedness & Resilience for the security of citizens and services supply continuity.

Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience (CIP&R) is a major societal security issue in modern society. Critical Infrastructures (CIs) provide vital services to modern societies. Some CIs’ disruptions may endanger the security of the citizen, the safety of the strategic assets and even the governance continuity. The critical role that CIs play in the security of modern societies is a direct effect of the ever-increasing spread out of the information technology (IT) in every smallest task in man’s daily-life. The continuous progress in the IT fields pushes modern systems and infrastructures to be more and more: intelligent, distributed and proactive. That increases the productivity, the prosperity and the living standards of the modern societies. But, it increases the complexity of the systems and the infrastructures, as well. The more complex a system is, the more vulnerable it will be and the more numerous the threats that can impact on its operability. The loss of operability of critical infrastructures may result in major crises in modern societies.

To counterbalance the increasing vulnerability of the systems, engineers, designers and operators should enhance the system preparedness and resilience facing different threats. Much interest is currently paid to the Modelling, Simulation & Analysis (SM&A) of the CI in order to enhance the CIs’ preparedness & resilience.

In order to report on the most recent developments in the field of the CIs preparedness & resilience MS&A and the availability of the relevant data, ESReDA will hold its 52nd Seminar on the following thematic: “Critical Infrastructures: Enhancing Preparedness & Resilience for the security of citizens and services supply continuity”.

The programme of the 52nd ESReDA Seminar proposes 18 technical papers which cover five topics grouped into thematic sessions: Emergency & Risk Management, CIP & Safety Issues, CIP & System Safety Engineering, MS&A – Natural threats & CI’s Resilience, Preparedness, Vulnerability & Resilience. The technical programme includes plenary presentations by leading academics, scientists and risk managers: representatives of National Security and Crisis Management Unit (Office of the Government, Lithuania), NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (Lithuania), Lithuanian Geological Survey, under the Ministry of Environmental (Lithuania). Speakers will be sharing their scientific knowledge and experience, stimulating our thoughts and getting across methodologies and applications in different areas of Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience. Besides, a specific round table on Cyber Security is organised: representatives of NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (Lithuania) and the Lithuania Electricity Transmission System Operator LITGRID AB will share their experience in the field.

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