Meridian 2016 is over, and it was, without doubt, a huge success. Mexico produced a stupendous welcome for more than 130 delegates from 36 countries and international organisations, including a record number of 10 new countries joining the Meridian Community for the first time (see below for a full list). Everyone who participated found the conference extremely useful and has come away with a highly valuable network of contacts amongst CIIP Policy-makers across the world, a better understanding of some of the key CIIP issues, and a warm memory of the culture, cuisine and remarkable hospitality that Mexico has to offer.
The experimental ‘Primer Day’ was highly successful, and the workshops and plenaries of the main conference helped everyone to get to grips with some of the big issues of this crucially important subject. The delegates also came away with a tangible output from the GFCE-Meridian Initiative, the Good Practice Guide to CIIP, and this can be downloaded HERE.
The proceedings of the conference will be available on the Conference website for all delegates, and subsequently also on this website for Meridian Community members.
Planning is already under way for Meridian 2017 which will be hosted by Norway in the last week of October 2017. Working groups will also take forward elements of the GFCE-Meridian initiatives during the coming year on Buddying, the Good Practice Guide and Research and a Roadshow package following very useful discussions during dedicated workshops at Meridian 2016.
Meridian - GFCE Partnership
The Meridian Conference in Spain in 2015, established the partnership between Meridian and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise .
The Meridian-GFCE CIIP Initiative is the first GFCE initiative to address CIIP, and creates opportunities for the Meridian Community to assist and partner with developing countries and organisations outside the Meridian Community, to help improve CIIP globally.
You can learn more about the initiative by searching for 'Meridian' on the GFCE website; it is described in this link.
There will be further information published on the GFCE site and on this site as the Initiative develops.
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How Meridian Works
The Meridian Process emerged from the first Meridian Conference, hosted in the UK in 2005 and the subsequent conferences held in Hungary, Sweden, Singapore, the United States of America, Taiwan, Qatar, Germany, Argentina, Japan, Spain and Mexico in 2016. Every year, a different country hosts the Conference, and our aim is to rotate the conference to different regions to increase participation in the Meridian Community. Any country which is engaged in CIIP and has attended more than one Meridian Conference and understands the Meridian Process can offer to host a forthcoming Meridian Conference. This is usually agreed 2 or more years in advance through discussion with the Steering Committee (see below) and delegate endorsement at a preceding conference. Every country/economy which sends a delegate to a Meridian conference automatically becomes a member of the Meridian Community and is entitled to an entry in the Meridian Directory and access to the Meridian resources and activities.
The Meridian Website is kindly hosted by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) for use by all Meridian Community members. Any government official who attends, or has attended, a Meridian Conference can access the resources of the website and should submit a request for access (Apply for Access) on the website. This will provide access to the Meridian Directory and other valuable resources from the Meridian Community.
The Meridian Process has a Steering Committee (SC) that includes all previous hosts, and a Programme Committee (PC) to assist the forthcoming host country in developing the annual conference. Membership of the PC is flexible to obtain a mix of expertise and regional coverage of CIIP interest.
The Meridian process
The Meridian Process aims to exchange ideas and initiate actions for the cooperation of governmental bodies on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) issues globally. It explores the benefits and opportunities of cooperation between governments and provides an opportunity to share best practices from around the world.
The Meridian Process seeks to create a community of senior government policymakers in CIIP by fostering ongoing collaboration. The Meridian Process recognizes that it is only by working together that we can each advance our national CIIP goals and objectives.
Participation in the Meridian Process is open to all countries/economies and is aimed at senior government policy-makers involved in CIIP-related issues. Every country/economy is invited to take part in the Meridian Process, and is encouraged to attend the annual Meridian Conference.
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If you are member of the Meridian Community and have previously had access to the Meridian Website you can Request a New Password using the Forgot Password button on the right. This will allow you access to the resources on this site.
New applicants for access to this website from Meridian Community member countries should complete the form available from the Apply For Access menu heading above.
Countries which have sent a delegation of Government CIIP Policy Makers to attend a Meridian Conference are considered valid members of the Meridian Community. The current list of Meridian member countries (including 10 new members in November 2016) is:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam
More countries are added each year.
If you think that your country is a Meridian member but is not on this list, please contact Meridian using the Contact Us button.
The Fundamental Principles of the Meridian Process
- The Meridian Process, Conference and Directory are open to all countries/economies.
- Meridian is open to government policy makers interested in Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP).
- Meridian seeks to foster international collaboration on CIIP issues of mutual concern amongst governments.
- The Meridian annual conference provides a confidential forum for government delegates, to promote open discussion and exchange of ideas without commercial pressures.