Critical Infrastructure Protection: Complex Challenges

Philip Reitinger, a former “Deputy Under Secretary” for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a Director of the National Cyber-security Center (NCSC) and currently President and CEO of Global Cyber Alliance participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss the “Complex Challenges Facing Critical Infrastructure Protection”.



Irrespective of private or public, most of the critical infrastructure as seen across nations today, has been present in one form or other for quite some time. However, it is only recently that the critical infrastructure has become dependent on information, communication and digitization technology (ICDT).

The assets identified as critical infrastructure in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) are vital for the survival, success and sustainability of respective nations as they contribute to its very progress and development. These systems and assets in CGS are so vital to each nation that its incapacity or destruction would bring a debilitating impact on not only the physical security, but also the CGS security, economic security, national security, safety and very survival of nations.

Irrespective of nations, these CGS infrastructures must maintain their optimal conditions under all circumstances. Safeguarding them—needs to be the utmost priority for each and every nation: its government, industries, organizations, academia and individuals (NGIOA-I).

Having said that, the well-being of this planet, human species, regions, nations and industries, organizations, academia and individuals relies upon the safety, security and sustainability of the CGS critical infrastructure—those assets, systems, and networks in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) that underpin the very fundamentals of a sustainable society.


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About the Guest
Philip R. Reitinger is the President of VisionSpear LLC. VisionSpear is an information security and privacy company focused on data-driven decisions and the technology to support them.
Formerly, Reitinger served as Sony’s Senior Vice President and global Chief Information Security Officer, and as the Corporate Executive in charge of global information security and privacy, from 2011 through 2014.
On March 11, 2009, Reitinger was appointed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). On June 1, 2009 Reitinger also became the Director of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC). Earlier in his career, Reitinger was the Chief Trustworthy Infrastructure Strategist at Microsoft Corporation, the first Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Cyber Crime Center, and the Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Reitinger is currently a member of the New York Governor’s Cyber Security Advisory Board and the American Bar Association’s Advisory Committee on Law and National Security. Reitinger was formerly the first Chairman of the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode), the President of the IT-ISAC, a member of the Executive Committee of the IT SCC, a member of FEMA’s National Advisory Council, a member of NIST’s ISPAB, and a member of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity, which developed recommendations for the 44th Presidency. While at the Department of Justice, Reitinger chaired the G8 subgroup on High Tech Crime

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government,  industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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