52nd ESReDA Seminar on Critical Infrastructures: Enhancing Preparedness & Resilience for the security of citizens and services supply continuity

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

ESReDA is an international non-profit association grouping 35 member organizations, comprising companies from different industries, research organizations and universities working within the safety and reliability field. ESReDA aims to promote the development and exchange of data, information and knowledge through the promotion of Project Groups (PG) on subjects related to Reliability, Safety and Data Analysis. The dissemination of the knowledge is made by organizing seminars twice a year and publishing the most important results of the Project Groups. (http://www.esreda.org/)

Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience 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.

Eighteen technical papers were presented covering five topics: Emergency & Risk Management, CIP & Safety Issues; CIP & System Safety Engineering; Modelling, Simulation & Analysis - Natural threats & CI's Resilience; Preparedness, Vulnerability & Resilience. The technical programme includes plenary presentations given by: the National Security and Crisis Management Unit (Office of the Government, Lithuania), the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (Lithuania) and the Lithuanian Geological Survey, under the Ministry of Environment (Lithuania). Speakers were sharing their scientific knowledge and experience issued from areas of Critical Infrastructures Preparedness and Resilience. Different sectors are covered, such as: energy, transport, communication, civil protection, maritime-ports, cyber-security and nuclear reactors.

Besides, a specific round table on Cyber Security was organised: representatives of NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (Lithuania) and the Lithuania Electricity Transmission System Operator LITGRID AB shared their experience in the field leaded by the fruitful discussions.

45 participants from 11 EU countries have contributed through their presentations, discussions and expertise in establishing the state-of-the-art in the field. The seminar proceedings and the presentation will be put available on ESReDA site in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge (http://www.esreda.org/).

 

Contact
Inga Zutautaite, Lithuanian Energy Institute
inga.zutautaite@lei.lt