9th-10th December, 2009
The Lalit, New Delhi
SECURITY WATCH INDIA
A CONFERENCE ON:
The Challenge of
Terrorism to India’s
In Association with: Infrastructure & Economy
Focus: Security Solutions for
Power Plants, Refineries, Ports, Railways,
Civil Aviation, Commercial Establishments,
Large Public Events & Cyber Networks
The Indian economy is one of the few economies of the world that was able to sustain its economic growth despite one of the worst global
financial crises witnessed in the past century.
However, this economic growth remains under constant threat due to elements of extremism in and around the country, growing economic
and social disparities, and the absence of a cohesive national security policy.
It is well understood that terrorist attacks are now focused on high visibility and long term economic damage. It is also well understood
that energy and infrastructure assets of a nation are ideal targets vulnerable to attacks that may have such far reaching and debilitating effects.
The disruption of business as usual at a power generating station, port authority, oil rig, or dam can not only result in colossal economic
losses for extended periods, but also hugely impact the functioning of related industry, family welfare, the environment, energy security,
tourism, new investments, safety, and citizen morale.
Post 26/11 it has become clear that security threats are now more focused on economic disruptions and therefore there is a need to
look at and outthink the possible security threats by better preparedness of critical energy and infrastructure assets and large public
gatherings and events.
It is therefore imperative to constantly re-examine ways and means, best practices, and policy directives to improve the security of
critical energy and infrastructure assets that form the economic backbone of the country. In any developing economy, positive
growth indicators will only surface in tandem with energy and infrastructure growth. Security of energy and critical infrastructure is
linked to the economic well being of a nation and is a definite priority area which will be decisive in the country's future development.
This event will look at the various options available to Indian establishments to counter the likely threats in the future to Industrial
Complexes, Public Gatherings, Energy and Infrastructure Assets, Ports, Public Transport Facilities, Public Arenas and Events, and various
Key areas of discussion include:
Global Terrorism- Status Report Cyber Security
India - Internal Security Situation Security of Large Public Events and Public Places
Security of Energy Assets- Power Plants, Refineries, Public Private Partnerships in the Security Sector
Oil and Gas Pipelines Amendments to the Arms Act
Coastal Security - Ports, Shipping, Sea lanes Police Reforms
Security of Public Transport - Rail and Air transport Preparing State Police Forces for Counter Terrorism
Status of the National and Global Terror Phenomenon
Post 26/11 there was hope that enhanced security measures would be adopted nationwide. Unfortunately, despite improvements in select
areas, there is a worldwide deterioration of the security environment as a whole. Furthermore insurgent groups within the country are
targeting infrastructure as has been often noticed this year. Keeping in mind the above, it is perhaps, time that a national security policy be
designed and announced which includes the role of the Center and states in combating security threats.
Security Solutions for Energy and Infrastructure
Security of energy assets, particularly oil and gas infrastructure, power grids, storage areas, hydroelectric power projects, all require specialized
security. This event will examine their requirements in details and go over methods for providing world class security to these assets, ways
of improving current systems, including the support structure of government agencies and people.
India has a vast coastline and it is very strategically positioned as far as international shipping lines are concerned. In this context,
all the elements for enhanced coastal security, particularly for ports, coastal cities and offshore energy producing facilities will be presented
by experts at the conference .
Public transport is used by millions of passengers everyday in economic nerve centers of the country, and as such allow for the smooth
movement of people and traffic that enables the maintenance of order in big cities. Any disturbance to mass transport facilities can wreck
havoc, create chaos and significantly impact the economy. Loss of lives, disruption of businesses, schools, and other institutions can have
far flung impacts across the entire region and population of a city. The event shall look at a wide array of security parameters and latest
technological solutions for the railways, civil aviation, waterways and surface transport.
India, being the knowledge hub of the world, thanks to its pulsating IT industry is always under constant threat of cyber attacks.
The event will address cyber security and related issues along with the latest case studies in the prevention of security
threats to the IT network.
Security of Public Events
The Commonwealth Games 2010 being around the corner, security of Large public events, including political meetings, security of malls,
hotels and other public places will be discussed by experts with international expertise.
Public Private Partnership for the up gradation of Security Measures
There is an urgent need to step up security arrangements around the country. In a democracy the size of India, the government
may have to consider public private partnership to manage security concerns, along with crisis, disaster, and other emergencies.
While Government agencies are busy fighting insurgencies and acts of terror to the best of their ability, the private sector and citizens cannot
afford to shirk their responsibilities towards shaping a safe and secure nation. Private players today are the drivers of Global economics
and stand to lose the most from an insecure environment. Citizens are the first to be hit in any terrorist attack; therefore Public Private
Cooperation in this is perhaps the only route to success.
Way forward for enhanced Security
We will look at the way forward for improving security for different sectors by including suggestions and amendments in the Arms Act,
critical police reforms, better training and preparation for police and paramilitary forces for counter terror operations. We will also look at
a host of regulatory, policy and training agendas that could be brought into place to facilitate the way forward in ensuring a better equipped
and a more secure India.
Day 2 Business Meetings/Workshops:
The second day of this event will allow for select Business Meetings/Workshops on the following topics:
Ensuring Security of high net worth individuals/VIP’s: Threat perceptions/tracking/security in homes, vehicles and work places/
Audit of personnel/screening of new personnel in the organization.
- Target Audience: Agencies involved in protection of high net worth bankers (HNBs); high net worth individuals; agencies involved
in providing security; banking management.
Security of public events, commercial and other large industrial establishments
- Target Audience: Security agencies, police force, paramilitary, ministry of home affairs, management of malls, hospitals, schools,
Security of energy infrastructure such as power plants, refineries and other critical infrastructure assets
- Target Audience: Management of security agencies, paramilitary forces, owners of industrial & infrastructure sectors.
Target Audience: Airports, Airlines, Air Charter Firms, Corporate Trainers, Hotels, Banks, Exhibition Grounds, Event Management
Firms, EPC Companies, Financial Analysts, Industrial Complexes, Schools, Universities, Transportation Companies, Insurance
Companies, Investors, IT Companies, IT Enabled Companies, Government Agencies, Law Firms, Logistics Companies, Policy Makers,
Ports, Railway Agencies, Oil & Gas Companies, Nuclear Power Entities, Power Generation, Transmission And Distribution Companies,
Security Agencies, Shopping Malls, Etc.
About Security Watch India
Security Watch India (SWI) is an independent nonprofit organization that provides a neutral forum to address policy, regulatory, and legal
challenges in India due to various emerging security threats. Additionally, SWI aims at creating a security consciousness among citizens
so that they may lead physically and economically safe and secure lives. SWI does this by spreading awareness of security and counter
terror measures for key infrastructure sectors, businesses, and individuals. SWI is also an attempt towards a better understanding of the
phenomenon of terrorism, its impact on the youth and the ways of overcoming this threat.
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