• Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
26.10.2021 // 01:00 pm

Resilience of Critical Infrastructures - Challenges and Approaches in Digitalization (German)

Our society is becoming more digital and thus more dependent on resilient digital infrastructures. At the same time, attacks on critical infrastructures are increasing and threaten the security of supply for the population.
The workshop will include keynote presentations on theoretical and practical aspects of critical infrastructure resilience and its importance for societal life and the requirements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.
The presentations and the practical examples described therein are intended to create an awareness of the risks, needs and challenges of the digitalization of critical infrastructures. Solution approaches and recommendations for action are to be discussed with the workshop participants.
M. Hellmann describes in his presentation theoretical aspects of digital resilience and how it is applied in emergency planning and crisis response. Resilience theory is based on the four processual cornerstones of responding, monitoring, learning and anticipating, which can be used to describe the performance characteristics of resilient systems.
In his presentation, S. Pickl describes how complex reachback architectures can be used to develop early warning systems. In this context, the intelligent use of sensors will be of particular importance in the future. Ethical aspects in the context of "security and digitalization" will also be addressed.
M. Atug describes in his presentation the complex challenges in IT environments of critical infrastructures. For example, what does remote maintenance and remote access look like? What IT security challenges do critical infrastructures operators face and why?

Manuel Atug
Head of Business Development
HiSolutions AG
Manuel Atug is Head of Business Development at HiSolutions AG. He has been working in information security for over 23 years and has many years of experience in Critical Infrastructures. In this context, he is concerned with the resilience of information technology and production environments (OT).

Privately, he is involved on a voluntary basis in the AG KRITIS with ethical questions on hackback and hybrid warfare in relation to population protection and the resulting risks.

Dr. Martin Hellmann
Board member of the DKKV; Program Coordination Defence and Security Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Dr. Martin Hellmann is a board member of DKKV. He has been working for the German Aerospace Center since 2001 and since 2010 for the newly established Security Research Coordination program at DLR headquarters in Cologne as coordinator for security research and dual-use. In addition, he is a reserve officer (Major d. R.) of the German Armed Forces.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl
Vice chairman of the DKKV; Professor at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich
Universität der Bundeswehr München
Prof. Dr. Stefan Pickl is vice chairman of the DKKV. His Munich-based research group COMTESSA deals with safety and security issues in the context of complex disaster preparedness situations as well as the analysis, anticipation and architecture of complex systems. Prof. Pickl is on the Advisory Board for "Health Care Management" at the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Benni Thiebes
Managing Director
German Committee for Disaster Reduction
Dr. Benni Thiebes joined the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2018 and has previously worked as a scientist and consultant in Europe and Asia on early warning systems, natural hazard analysis, and risk management approaches. He teaches in the postgraduate courses KaVoMa and ÖRisk. 
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