Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Asia

Franz-Josef Schneiders

Franz-Josef Schneiders
Head of division, TG(IST) Chairman
Federal Ministry of Transport

Franz-Josef Schneiders currently heads the Task Force for NATO Affairs in Transport and Logistics, Critical Infrastructures at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany. He also chairs the NATO Transport Group for Inland Surface Transport.

The unit he heads cooperates closely with other authorities belonging to the Ministry of Transport plus other ministries affected and international organisations such as the EU, IWGLTS, G7, NATO, TAPA, etc.

One of its objectives is the national and international coordination of all efforts to enhance the resilience of Critical Infrastructure and transport security. In this context, he has responsibility for the strategic policy direction regarding resilience and transport security.

Another aspect that should be stressed is its close cooperation with the freight transport sector. Under the chairmanship ofFranz-Josef Schneiders, the Federal Govemment’s security strategy for the freight transport and logistics industry has been developed. In addition, his unit is also actively involved in implementation of the IT Security Act.

Presentation: Resilience and Transport Security – strategic issues of growing importance in Germany’s Security Policy

As part of the presentation, I will first present the National Strategy for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures, which the Federal Government updated and renewed in 2016. The strategy summarizes the objectives and the politico-strategic approach of the Federal Government and serves as a starting point to build on the results achieved so far on a consolidated basis and evolve them with regard to new challenges.
In the further course of the presentation, I will address in detail how this overall strategy is implemented specifically in the field of transport and describe selected concrete approaches. The purpose of the measures is to prepare transport infrastructures and services of key significance for the provision of basic goods and services and the mobility of both the population and the national and allied armed forces in a manner so as to protect them from outside attacks and enable them to sustain at least emergency and basic operations if any incidents should occur.
Regarding physical protection, cooperative approaches to exchanging best practices, to carrying out joint exercises and to improving the exchange of information between government agencies, companies and their associations will be examined more closely. With regard to cyber-security, the presentation will address the IT Security Act, which was adopted in 2015 and henceforth requires operators of critical infrastructures to comply with a minimum standard of IT security and report serious IT security incidents to the federal authorities.