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Speaker Interview: Resilience First

Speaker Interview: Resilience First

You will be speaking at the CNI Security conference at SCTX 2019. Can you give us a brief insight into the areas you will be covering in your address?

As national populism gains sway across many parts of the world, questions arise as the role of global governance and international order. We seem to be growing less connected. Yet, as social media, technology and much of business are no respecters of borders, and we become more connected through the ether, then the issue is how we are to remain resilient in the face of political upheavals and wide-scale disruptions like nuclear accidents, climate change, solar flares or volcanic eruptions, and mass migration.

It is therefore time to examine what makes us resilient in the new world disorder and whether it remains necessary that we look at what common aspects bind us in the common space. Such an examination isn’t just about the hard skills of policies, procedures and systems – including IoT and AI - but also about the soft skills of behaviours, culture and connectedness. The question is: can the two skill sets can be aligned for critical business operations in the face of significant disrupters?   

The conference theme is ‘Developing resilient critical infrastructure in a networked world’. What do you believe are the major challenges in maintaining secure critical infrastructure in today's interconnected world?

  • Connectivity, including communications.
  • People’s behaviours and adaptive capacity.
  • Over-dependence on technological solutions.

How has the threat landscape evolved over the past few years and in what ways do you expect it to change in the near future?

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – all getting worse.

With regards to your own address, what measures need to be taken by CNI and essential business operators to better secure their services, businesses and facilities against the evolving threat landscape?

  • Understanding the threats and challenges coming up – horizon scanning.
  • Having a response and resilience plan to meet the challenges (threat agnostic).
  • Considering the interconnections and interoperability across multiple platforms/services.

What can delegates expect to take away from your session?

A greater insight on what makes us more resilient.

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