Energy security: protecting critical infrastructures and enhancing resilience


NATO Advanced Research Workshop

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Program

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: providing high-level discussions and information sharing, in order to find solutions for today’s emerging energy security challenges
DATE & VENUE: 25-28 November 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia

ORGANIZER: Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) | Atlantic Council of Georgia
TEAM: Mr.Alessandro Niglia, coordinator of the event and Co-Director NATO Advanced Research Workshop – ARW | Mr.Giorgi Muchaidze, Executive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia

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The Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) is financed by NATO with the aim of providing high-level discussions and information sharing, in order to find solutions for today’s emerging energy security challenges. The workshop will feature panels on the role of international organizations, public and private stakeholders in energy security; terrorism and its implications for energy infrastructure security and cyber threats to critical energy infrastructures.

Experts are to discuss a wide range of threats and risks that can compromise energy infrastructure networks, such as terrorist attacks and cyber threats. These risks affect both NATO Allies and partners alike, since countries are often connected by energy infrastructure networks that are of crucial importance for our energy supply.

[su_quote]To highlight the lasting impacts of an attack on energy infrastructure, the workshop will provide the participants with a case study: Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)[/su_quote]

To highlight the lasting impacts of an attack on energy infrastructure, the workshop will provide the participants with a case study: Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), widely valued as an important contribution to diversify European energy supply as it represents the most direct connection for transportation of natural gas from the Caspian Sea to European markets. The case study provides a valuable opportunity for collaborative efforts between NATO and Partner countries to enable the stable flow of energy resources.

The workshop furthermore aims to generate numerous ideas and best practices in enhancing prevention and resilience in this field in order to collect and present concrete recommendations. TAP represents a concrete project to complete the transportation route to the Southern Gas Corridor that is composed by two more pipeline projects in Azerbaijan, Georgia (SCP) and Turkey (TANAP). Such reasons make TAP an interesting case study to be analyzed throughout a dedicated panel.

This workshop has been directed and coordinated by Mr.Alessandro Niglia as Co-Director NATO ARW with the support of Mr.Giorgi MuchaidzeExecutive Director of the Atlantic Council of Georgia.

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PROGRAM


 25 November 2014

DINNER RECEPTION

GeorgiaDifesa

Sponsored by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia

19.30 – 22.00 | Marriott Courtyard, Tbilisi, Georgia

 

WELCOME REMARKS

– Mr. Alessandro NIGLIA | Co-Director NATO SPS ARW, Atlantic Treaty Association

– Mr. Giorgi MUCHADIZE | Executive Director, Atlantic Council of Georgia.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

– Ms. Teona AKUBARDIA | Deputy Head of the National Security Council Secretary

– Mr. William LAHUE | Head of NATO Liaison Office, Georgia

CLOSING REMARKS

– Amb. Vasil SIKHARULIDZE | Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia


26 November 2014


   Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Terrorist Attacks, Vandalism, Sabotage and Criminal Activity

This session aims to identify the consequences of terrorist attacks,sabotage and espionage on Critical Energy Infrastructure with aspecific focus on pipelines and electrical grids.

 

MODERATOR

– Lt.Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Heiki JAKSON | Strategic Analysis and Research Division Subject Matter Expert, NATO ENSEC COE

– Mr. Kujtim PROSEKU| Head of Electrical Department, InfraTransProject

– Prof. Dr. Mesut Hakki CASIN | Professor of International Relations, Ozyegin University, Turkey

– Dr. Nadejda KOMENDANTOVA | Coordinator of Risk Governance Group Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA


27 November 2014


  Panel discussion:

Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection from Cyber-Attacks

This session aims to identify the linkage between potential cyberattacks on Energy infrastructure and how to prevent them. The session will facilitate an exchange of public, non-classified and factbased information on cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure.

 

– Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany

– Dr. Stefano MELE | Director of the Observatory on Info Warfare and Emerging Technologies, Italian Institute of Strategic Studies Niccolò Machiavelli

– Mr. Frederick POLLACK | Senior Analyst, Energy Security at NATO Intelligence Fusion Center

– Col. Andrea COLLELA | Italian Atlantic Committee Cyber Security Advisor

– Ms. Caroline BAYLON | Research Associate – Science, Technology and Cyber Security, International Security Department, Chatham House


27 November 2014


   Panel discussion:

The Potential NATO Role in CEIP and Public-Private Partnerships

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Ilia ELOSHVILI | Deputy Minister of Energy, Georgia

– Mr. Julijus GRUBLIAUSKAS | Energy Security Officer at NATO

– Mr. Cyril LEROY | Senior Programme Officer at the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environment Activities

– Mr. Riccardo DUGULIN | Research Analyst, Drum Cussac

– H.E. Mr Nikoloz VASHAKIDZE | Former President of Georgian International Oil Corporation, Former First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Founder of Society Iveria

 


28 November 2014


 

Panel discussion:

Protecting Trans-Adriatic Pipeline—TAP as a Case Study

This session aims to involve experts coming from the private sector and state representatives to consider how to apply the strategic defense technique, crisis management and resilience in order to prevent a critical crisis scenario.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Mario D’AGOSTINI | Swiss National Representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Services Group, IRCSG Industry

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Alessandro ORTIS | President, Association Mediterranean Energy Regulators for Electricity and Gas

– Mr. Stavri DHIMA | Head of Petroleum and Mining Policies Sector at Ministry of Economy,Trae and Energy, Albania

– Mr. Dimitrios MANOLIS | Deputy Head Division , DEPA S.A., Public Gas Corporation of Greece

– Mr. Zaur SHIRIYEV | Senior Research Fellow for the Caspian Center for Energy and Environment (CCEE0), ADA University

 


Conclusions: 

Findings of the ARW, Best Practices and Recommendations

The central aim of the conclusion panel is to collect the most concrete best practices of critical energy infrastructure protection (CEIP), which will be discussed during the workshop. These findings are to be consolidated in a dedicated publication, which shall be handed to the NATO Industrial Resources and Communications Services Group (IRCSG)/NATO Operations Division. The findings should highlight the opportunities for better CEIP by enhancing publicprivate partnership.

MODERATOR

– Mr. Farshad MOHAMMAD-AVVALI | Risk Analyst at the Risk Management Head Office in Kabul, Afghanistan

SPEAKERS

– Mr. Jason WISEMAN | Secretary General Designate, ATA

– Lt. Col. Nicholas HENRY | Deputy Director, NATO ENSEC COE

– Dr. Burkhard THEILE | Cyber Security Expert, Atlantic Council of Germany

– Mr. Matthew BRYZA | Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

– Mr. Mario d’AGOSTINI | Swiss national representative in Industrial Resources and Communication Group – IRCSG

 

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Senior Program Officer for European and International Affairs. He is responsible for managing the relations with the NATO SPS division. He is lead author and editor of the book "The Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Emerging Security Challenges” published by NATO. Alessandro has been selected by the IASSP (Istituto di Alti Studi Strategici e Politici per la Leadership in Milan) for the programme Indipendent Ph.D in Governance and Political culture. Prior, he worked at the EU Commission at DG Regio & Urban Policy and he was a Consultant at Capgemini working on the SAP-SRM Project for the European Space Agency (ESA). Futhermore, He collaborated with the Department of European Planning and Governance from Roma Capitale. He has graduated cum laude in Political Science and European Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Master in Geo-politics and Global Security.