Meridian 2017, Oslo
Meridian 2017 was another very successful gathering of the Meridian Community. The hospitality, warmth and organisational skills of the Norwegian team provided a truly memorable and extremely valuable experience for everyone who attended. Once again more than 30 countries gathered together to share experiences, challenges and solutions, and to further extend this unique network of government CIIP officials across the world. This year we greeted another 5 new countries who are now members of the Meridian Community which is now nearly 70 strong. As well as expert guests from selected International Organisations : ECOWAS, ENISA, GFCE and World Bank, we welcomed, for the first time, delegates from Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, India, Montenegro and Saudi Arabia. Delegates who attended M2017 are now able to view the conference proceedings in the Members-only section of this website, only accessiible by Meridian Community members. If you want your country to join the Meridian Community, mark your diary now for 17 - 19 October 2018 and start planning to send a delegation to Seoul for Meridian 2018.
Meridian 2016, Mexico City
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 11 new countries joining the Meridian Community for the first time. 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 this website for Meridian Community members.
Meridian 2015, Leon, Spain
The 11th Annual Meridian Conference was hosted by the CNPIC in the historic city of Leon in Northern Spain, which is the home of the National Institute for Cyber Security (INCIBE) and specifically the CERT_SI.
The venue was the historic Parador de Leon where pilgrims still stay on their way to Santiago de Compostella. The theme was CIIP Capability Development and Spain welcomed 31 countries and several international organisations to workshops, panels and exercises around this theme.
A full conference report is available for registered users from the 50+ Meridian member countries.
Meridian 2014, Tokyo
The Meridian Conference 2014 was held in Tokyo Japan, from November 12-14 and was the 10th Meridian Conference. The main theme of the Conference was: “Meridian – The Next Decade – Developing Our Capacity Together”, and its aim was to collaborate with each other to enhance the cyber security capacity of delegates from many countries in the Conference.
There were 10 themes which were determined by the Programmme Committee (PC) Members in advance, and all the delegates actively took part in the discussions at the Conference on the basis of these themes. In the Conference, one panel session and up to two workshops were held simultaneously, and this mode of operation was a new approach for Meridian. As a result of this approach, the delegates were encouraged to discuss more effectively and the Conference became more interactive.
On the 3rd day of the Conference, delegates visited CSSC (Control System Security Center) located at Tagajo City which is one of the affected areas of the “Great East Japan Earthquake”; the enormous earthquake which occurred on the 11th of March, 2011. The delegates learned about the experience of the Tagajo city and CSSC, and they also discussed with the CSSC about ICS Security.
The number of the participants at the Conference 2014 were 90 in total, and 33 countries (including organizations and communities) participated in the Conference. It was a great honour for Japan to host the Conference and Japan would like to express deep gratitude to all delegates of the Conference.
Meridian 2013, Buenos Aires
The 2013 Meridian Conference took place in the royal splendour of the St. Martin Palace in balmy Spring temperatures. The Conference was opened by the Secretary of Cabinet and Administration Coordination, under the Chief of Cabinet Office, Lic. Facundo Nejamkis. There was a warm welcome for delegates from the opposite side of the world from Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as many delegates from Europe, North America and Latin America. The conference also enjoyed some excellent presentations from industry speakers and was very well supported by the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). Delegates from almost 30 countries registered to attend including 11 from Latin America, many of whom were inspired by their first experience of Meridian. One very positive outcome was Argentina’s Process Initiative to create a Spanish language CIIP resource on the Meridian website, and create a working group to take this forward. There are already plans to return to this region in future after the conference moves to Japan in 2014 and Europe in 2015. This was a very successful event which demonstrated the value of Meridian’s regional development strategy.
Meridian 2012, Berlin
The Meridian 2012 International Conference theme “CIIP policy challenges and common denominators” reflected the urgent need for an internationally coordinated response in CIIP policy activities - economies from all over the world have to act jointly in order to achieve an adequate level of CII protection. Hosted in Berlin by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany, the three-day conference targeted senior government policymakers from governments across the globe. In her opening keynote address to the conference, State secretary in the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Federal Commissioner for Information Technology Cornelia Rogall-Grothe highlighted this theme, recognizing the importance of working together especially aiming at finding some common ground for developing (minimum) IT security standards for running CIs. Following that, the conference provided attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from one another also in numerous smaller workshop breakout sessions facilitated by Meridian delegates under the three relevant perspectives: economical, legislative as well as preparedness. The workshops yielded a number of outcomes that will help guide future work of the Meridian Process.
Meridian 2011, Qatar
The theme for Qatar’s Meridian Conference was ‘CIIP and the International Interdependencies’, focusing on how a nation’s CIIP is transcending borders. Speakers from five continents shared unique and different perspectives on this international issue. Qatar’s Cyber Security Program Executive Director Mr. Khalid Al Hashmi’s keynote ‘International Interdependencies’ was followed by 3 case studies on ‘CIIP lessons learned from recovery from natural disasters and similar unforeseen threats’. Day 2 discussed building a comprehensive national CIIP strategy and its key components, and ‘Facilitating Cross-border Engagement’ which was timely and compelling. Some difficulties identified in understanding infrastructure interdependencies were: establishing cooperation and coordination, communications, information sharing with private and public sectors, and getting skilled resources. Mr. Malike Bouaoud (Risk Manager, ictQATAR) said that “The Meridian meeting has been the perfect occasion to share some thoughts on a proposed strategy to start a practical CIIP set of cross-border engagements.” As their Process Initiative, Qatar will try to collate pieces of legislation and national policies for CIIP that can be made available through the Meridian website as a single point of reference for CIIP related legislations and policies from all member states. The delegates enjoyed an exclusive tour to the National Crisis Management Center as well as an exclusive Gala Dinner hosted in the museum of Islamic art. The Meridian 2011 Conference, as all the previous Meridian conferences, proved that the Meridian Process is still the most important platform for Government CIIP policymakers worldwide
Meridian 2010, Taiwan
As the theme of "The CIIP Eco-System", Meridian 2010 Conference emphasized the dynamic and interdependent nature of CIIP, with the aim of further advancing community engagement and global collaboration. The conference examined The CIIP Eco-System from three different perspectives: 1) Policy & Strategy 2) Stakeholders & Community Engagement and 3) Evolving Landscape. There are more than 200 attendees from worldwide, joined with us in Taipei, Taiwan on October 25 to 27. Taiwan also initiated the "Guideline for Planning the Strategy on CIIP". This initiate will be expected to be continued for following 3 years aligned with other member countries' contributions.
Meridian 2009, Washington D.C.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted the Fifth Annual Meridian Conference in 2009 in Washington DC. The theme of the 2009 conference was “Critical Information Infrastructure Protection: Our Shared Responsibility.” Meridian 2009 focused on understanding CIIP challenges, bridging the gap between the role of policymakers and the technical community, utilizing cyber exercises to advance CIIP objectives, and building CIIP awareness within all sectors, from industry to academia. Conference speakers included global leaders in cybersecurity policy with the keynote address given by Secretary Janet Napolitano of DHS. With over thirty-nine countries, Meridian 2009 empowered senior policymakers to work together to address information infrastructure protection challenges. In addition, participants built strategies to promote greater security both domestically and internationally. An outcome of the conference was the development of the Collaborative Awareness Raising Activity Working Group led by the United States. This group will focus on common efforts that cross culture that would enable Meridian members to coordinate initiatives and create common messaging on raising cybersecurity awareness among all constituents and emphasizing that cybersecurity is “Our Shared Responsibility.”
Meridian 2008, Singapore
The 2008 Meridian Conference was a huge success despite the gathering storm-clouds of the recession. It was the first time that the Conference was held in Asia and there were good representations from the South-East Asia region, including some countries new to the Meridian Process. The theme of the Conference was ‘CIIP in Action’. In-line with this theme, a key highlight of the Conference was the site visits to the critical sectors (i.e. Energy, Transport and Telecommunications). Through these site visits, the delegates were able to interact with the operators of the CIIs and gain first-hand experience of ‘CIIP in Action’. Speakers from the critical sectors as well as Government policy makers from around the world provided stimulating presentations and engaged in lively workshops around the conference theme. As the conference host, Singapore also launched the Working Group on International Collaboration on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (ICONIC). The Conference also selected Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) as the host for the 2010 Meridian Conference.
Meridian 2007, Stockholm
The conference held in Stockholm provided the opportunity to discuss the diverse range of issues arising from globalization and the impact of new technologies that affect the development of national policies for the protection of critical services and the underlying information infrastructure. The conference featured several themes such as the application of the G8 CIIP principles to the development of CIIP policies. The emerging relationship between CIIP and critical infrastructure protection (CIP) polices and the challenges of securing process control systems critical components in most national infrastructure assets. This last topic - on process control systems - is new at the Meridian conference. As such, this conference featured a wide spectrum of security workshops on control systems to provide government policy delegates an opportunity for these sectors to be explained in a straight forward and comprehensive manner.
Meridian 2006, Budapest
The Budapest conference continued promulgating the Meridian message from 2005 year’s Meridian conference inaugural event to examine the “connecting and protecting” aspects for each country’s critical information infrastructure (CII). This conference aimed to reinforce Meridian as a process whereby the good practices shared and new cooperative relationships fostered in the conference hall are taken back to delegates’ governments for further development. Effective protection of CII derives from sharing information between governments and the private sector, as well as between governments internationally, for good risk assessments that in turn better inform policy decisions. Meridian conference provided a unique forum for senior officials involved in policymaking on critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP) to examine the opportunities for improving such connections.
Meridian 2005, London
The conference agreed that the unique gathering of national CIIP representatives had achieved a valuable momentum that should not be lost, and ways would be explored to further this. It was agreed that the conference had helped raise awareness of the state of each country’s CIIP organisational and political efforts and achievements. In particular it had helped to raise awareness in some countries of the importance of CIIP and its differentiation from the more widely recognised CIP issues. It was also agreed that the conference had been an excellent opportunity to make links to other countries to share mutual concerns, understand different approaches, and enable cross-border communication on CIIP issues where and when the need arises