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Safeguarding energy facilities in spotlight

Bahrain News
Sun, 17 Apr 2016


DEFENDING critical energy infrastructure against potential attacks will be the focus of a major workshop and conference starting in Bahrain tomorrow.

The forum is of special importance to GCC countries with their energy-related resources, said organisers.

The Infrastructure Security Middle East Conference (InfraSec 2016) is expected to bring together more than 150 regional infrastructure security professionals besides relevant thought leaders from business, government, international organisations, academics and universities.

The event, being held under the
patronage of Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza, opens at the Gulf Hotel tomorrow and runs until Wednesday.

More than 20 experts are expected to speak at the event being organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East (MFME).

“The dependence on energy supply throughout the Middle East makes it imperative to ensure the safe and secure distribution of these resources to keep economies running,” said MFME chief executive Ahmed Pauwels.

An exhibition will also be held on the sidelines showcasing the latest innovations and solutions in perimeter security, physical security, information and cyber security and commercial security.

The one-day pre-conference workshop and two-day conference is supported by Intersec, the world’s largest trade show for safety, security and fire protection; National Oil and Gas Authority and Bahrain National Gas Company (Banagas).

“The future of global economic growth in the coming decade relies significantly on changes related to energy security as the global energy demand continues to grow,” said organisers.

“The demand for energy in developing countries remains a major catalyst for the sector’s growth.

“This dependency on energy supply makes it imperative to ensure safe and secure production, storage and distribution of these resources in order to keep the economies running.”

Conference participants will explore new and existing energy trends, challenges and creative solutions to address one of the world’s most topical and challenging issues of safety and security in the energy sector.

Framework

They will also look at existing national or international frameworks, integrating appropriate risk management, strategic planning and implementation.

The GDN had reported last month that it is a matter of time before Bahrain becomes the target of a major cyber attack aimed at crippling financial organisations, the stock exchange, energy sector and government systems.

Among the speakers is Dr Kevin Rosner, Senior Fellow at the Belgium-based Institute for Analysis of Global Security. 

He will deliver a presentation on ‘Asymmetric Warfare and Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection’.

Other speakers at the conference include Dr Kevin Macnish, Teaching Fellow and consultant at the University of Leeds in the UK; Professor David Stupples, professor of Electronic and Radio Systems at the University of London; Malcolm Smith, head of group security at SASOL Petrochemicals, South Africa; Keith Tupman, principal security adviser at the Kuwait Oil Company and Halim Boudiaf, former security manager at ConocoPhillips, Algeria.