Today, June 14, 2022, at the Palace of Parliament, the first day of the fifth edition of the international forum "CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION FORUM - CIP FORUM V 2022 - Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe 2022" took place. The event is organized by the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics - ICI Bucharest, at the initiative of IF Idea Factory Think Tank, under the High Patronage of the President of the Chamber of Deputies, with the support of the Romanian parliamentary commissions and of the ministries with competencies in the field.
The forum is designed as an open platform for the community of leaders and decision-makers from central administration as well as public and private sectors, security specialists, and innovators. This event's main objective is to strengthen governments' capacity to coordinate critical infrastructure protection.
This year's edition is the first to bring CIPRE - Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe together in the international forum and will allow the industry to meet again to share experiences, network, and develop collaborative connections to secure Europe.
"We are honoured to organize the fifth edition of the CIP Forum under the High Patronage of the President of the Chamber of Deputies - Marcel Ciolacu, and with the support of the Romanian parliamentary commissions and of the ministries with competencies in the field. The development of any society is based on a series of infrastructures that allow the functioning of societies in economic, social, and political terms. Therefore, these days, we approach the protection of infrastructures from several angles, trying not to omit any perspective. The National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics analyzes and develops tools, means, and practices to understand and defend complex systems. Among these infrastructures are power plants, oil pipelines, highways, hospitals, public administration centers, etc. Thank you for choosing to place a high level of interest on critical infrastructures and their protection against the risks, vulnerabilities, and threats that may arise due to the interconnected world in which we live." Adrian-Victor Vevera, General Director of ICI Bucharest.
Representatives of the authorities participated in the official opening: Speaker of the House of Representatives - Marcel Ciolacu, together with the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Mircea Abrudean, who gave the message of the Prime Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă, The Vice Prime Minister Hunor Kelemen, The President of the Court of Accounts - Mihai Busuioc, the Minister of Finance - Adrian Câciu, the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization - Sebastian Burduja, the General Secretary of the Government - Marian Neacșu, the President of ANCOM - Vlad Stoica, the Director of the Special Telecommunications Service - Ionel-Sorin Bălan, the Head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - Raed Arafat, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure - Gabriel Bunduc, the President of the Authority for Digitalization of Romania - Dragoș Cristian Vlad, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Sorin Moise, and the Director of the Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate - Dan Cîmpean. The Minister of Culture, Lucian Romașcanu, was keynote speaker and moderator during the panel dedicate to Culture, National Cultural Heritage, National Identity and Critical Infrastructures.
Within CIP FORUM V 2022, ICI Bucharest organizes HPC Day, an event dedicated to users and potential users of High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the private sector and industry, public institutions, educational and research institutions, IT service providers, as well as other interested entities. ICI Bucharest is part of the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) project, acting as a National Competence Center. In this context, the institute's purpose is to promote expertise and contribute to the advancement of collective knowledge in this field. A secondary goal is to connect the points between HPC technologies and their benefits in a critical infrastructure network.
At the same time, within CIP FORUM V, ICI Bucharest will launch the "Data2B" cluster and the digital innovation hub in partnership with the TEC cluster. This collaboration supports the digital transformation and ensures a high level of security by addressing cyber threats on both companies and public authorities, developing innovation capabilities in the field, and increasing the digitalization of processes, operations, and mechanisms that are part of their activity.
CIP Forum V takes place between June 14-16, 2022, at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest.