Discuss protection of and possible threats to critical infrastructure


Riga, 10 May 2015. On 6-7 May the EU-US-Canada Expert Meeting on Critical Infrastructure Protection took place in Riga, during which the participants agreed on the development of practical cooperation for the upcoming year.

At the end of the meeting, in the joint statement participants emphasised the most essential priorities and areas of cooperation for strengthening the protection of critical infrastructure assets and overcoming challenges.

The participants identified the current and future challenges, which critical infrastructure stakeholders face or could face, and mutual cooperation in cases when threats to any of the critical infrastructure assets are detected.

They also discussed how to counter violent extremism in the context of critical infrastructure protection sharing experience on how to mitigate radicalisation, especially on the internet.

The meeting also highlighted the role of public-private partnerships by collaborating at different levels and implementing innovative solutions to support and enhance critical infrastructure security, as well as discussed cybersecurity issues to reduce threats to critical infrastructure.

Experts discussed the protective measures of critical infrastructure that ensure national internal security. Among the most important issues discussed were the management of cyber security and the capacity to act in critical situations, and the impact of climate change and natural disasters on critical infrastructure assets.

The aim of the meeting was to exchange information, reach a common understanding and adopt best practice from other countries in the field of critical infrastructure protection. Critical infrastructures consist of those physical and information technology facilities, networks, services and assets which, if disrupted or destroyed, would have a serious impact on the health, safety, security or economic well-being of citizens.

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