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THE FOURTH ANNUAL WORLD SUMMIT
ON INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY
E-threat Risk to Vital Infrastructures
Based on reports and studies by NASA, the National Academy of Sciences, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the U.K. Defence Committee and other agencies, the United States and its friends and allies risk severe consequences and unprecedented, subcontinent-scale damage from electromagnetic threats to vital infrastructures.
In recent years, rapid technology evolution of national power grids and other vital national infrastructures have substantially increased their vulnerability to serious, widespread damage or disruption by electromagnetic hazards. This process occurred remarkably quickly, and little has yet been done to address vulnerability to potentially catastrophic risks. Addressing these issues is now considered essential to the continued health and continuity of our nations.
Two issues have become a focus of concern.
Based on a studies by the above-listed agencies, predicted, hundred-year class severe space weather events or malicious use of EMP weapons could have potentially devastating impact on vital infrastructures, putting at risk societal health or, in some cases, even societal continuity. According to the studies of all the above government agencies, these hazards can be substantially mitigated by cost effective power grid procedural initiatives and automated hardware deployment.
The EIS Summit Mission
Following EISS III London in May, 2012 and the two previous U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and the U.K. Houses of Parliament in London, EISS has become a new international infrastructure security framework, enhancing international cooperation to bring this serious vulnerability under control. (For more information on EISS I through III, click on the above Past Summits tab)
The 3rd annual world summit on infrastructure security took place in the U.K. Parliament in London on May 14 and 15, 2012. The summit, with a primary focus on steps toward securing the U.S. and allied nations’ electric grids, brought together defense and energy secretaries / ministers, scientists, ambassadors, legislators, chairs of parliamentary defence committees and other senior government officials, as well as senior energy sector corporate executives from the U.S., the U.K. and allied countries to discuss new information on electromagnetic threats and protection options for our critical national infrastructures.
EIS Summit IV, Washington D.C.: Resilience and Synergy
As the fourth annual world summit on infrastructure security, EISS IV WASHINGTON D.C. is building on the international security framework established over the previous three years. The theme of EISS IV is Resilience and Synergy. With a primary focus on electromagnetic threats (e-threats), EISS IV will also address common power grid risk and resilience options for cyber threats, terrestrial weather and other hazards.
The EIS Summit Process, an international government / NGO partnership, is hosted by the Electric Infrastructure Security Council and the Henry Jackson Society.
Sponsors of EIS Summit III London: