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CIPS Alberta - Calgary Luncheon: "Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security"
Thu, 04/05/2012
Event Location: 




Westin Hotel, 320 - 4 Avenue SW, Calgary 

Start Time

4/5/2012 11:30 AM 

End Time

4/5/2012 1:00 PM 


Panel Discussion:
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security

Critical infrastructure refers to processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. Critical infrastructure can be stand-alone or interconnected and interdependent within and across provinces, territories and national borders. Disruptions of critical infrastructure could result in catastrophic loss of life, adverse economic effects, and significant harm to public confidence.

In today’s interconnected world, building resiliency within the foundation pillars of our modern society is a challenge that no one government, company, sector or nation state can achieve in isolation. In Canada we define ten critical infrastructure sectors that include: Energy and Utilities; Telecommunications; Finance; Transportation; Health; Safety; Food; Water; Government and Manufacturing. These critical infrastructure sectors represent the underpinning elements that, should disruptions or failures occur within, can have ripple-effects that may impact Canada, Canadians and our global partners.

Recognizing that our the level of interconnectivity and reliance within and between these critical infrastructure sectors is only growing, Canada - as well as our international partners, including the United States – has taken steps to improve the resiliency of our critical infrastructure through the development and implementation of a National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure. It is through this strategic framework that Canada has moved forward in advancing the strength and scope of trusted critical infrastructure partnerships, taken steps to improve information sharing within and between critical infrastructure sectors and begun moving forward collaboratively in areas of risk management. These three elements represent the core of Canada’s strategic approach to CI resilience.

A primary focus with regard to improving resilience is identifying and addressing interdependencies between the ten critical infrastructure sectors. Much work is underway with respect to addressing interdependencies, including annual meetings of the National Cross Sector Forum, which brings together national leaders from all ten infrastructure sectors to discuss the issue of interdependencies and set priorities. 

Interdependencies take four primary forms: Physical; Geographic; Cyber; and Logical. While they all pose challenges that the critical infrastructure community have and continue to address, one of the unique characteristics of today’s society is the prevalence of the “cyber interdependency”. In fact, cyber security represents one of the largest challenges for public and private sector partnerships on a global scale – making an understanding of this interdependency and its relation to critical infrastructure resiliency crucial to moving forward. In 2010, Canada released its first Cyber Security Strategy in response to the strategic imperative for addressing how to meet this ongoing challenge to public safety and Canada’s overall economic security.


James Gulak - Public Safety Canada | View James' Bio >>

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Kathy Macdonald - Calgary Police Services | View Kathy's Bio >>


Jared Serviss - Director of Disaster Recovery Institute Canada | View Jared's Bio >>


Tony Messer - President of Caliber Planning | View Tony's Bio >>


Vincent Chiew - CIPS Alberta President: Facilitator | View Vincent's Bio >>


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