Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance - ATCA - Launched
London, UK - 28 November 2002, 11:30 GMT - mi2g is sponsoring
the launch of the Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance - ATCA - at 5:45pm
this evening in Central London. The event is going to be attended by 60 senior
delegates from government agencies, financial services, defence groups, academic
bodies and law firms.
The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 as well as the recent incidents
in Kenya, Indonesia, Russia, Pakistan and Yemen have introduced the West in
particular and the world at large to the risks of asymmetric warfare. Any
threat, which is disproportionate, such as a small group attacking a large
country in a way that can harm hundreds, is described as asymmetric. Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Digital (CBRN-D) or conventional attacks
can all manifest asymmetrically. Asymmetric warfare waged by land, sea, air
and space threatens not just capital assets or IT systems but primarily human
life, confidence levels, national sovereignty and economic viability. This
kind of warfare is also being waged in cyberspace.
The panel of experts facilitating the discussion under Chatham House rule
- Dr Ian Davis, Director, British American Security Information Council
- Adrian Ballardie, CEO, AXA Corporate
- Rudi Bogni, Chairman, MedInvest International and Director, Old Mutual
- Prof Jim Norton, Board Member, Parliamentary Office of Science &
- David Handley, Director, BAE Systems
- Garth Whitty, Head of Homeland Security, Royal United Services Institute
DK Matai from mi2g will be chairing the roundtable focused on discussing
the impact of co-ordinated asymmetric attacks. Contingency capability cannot
be achieved by technology alone. In the event of a terrorist incident with
personnel casualties, no amount of data backup, firewalls and virus detection
systems will guarantee the integrity of digital infrastructure with an assurance
for business continuity.
A comprehensive approach to security takes full account of several interlocking
factors - correct people perspective with the attendant public/private sector
role and responsibility; technological protection; human resource allocation
and management; insurance and reinsurance coverage; and legal obligations.
Even with full protection in place, contingency plans for the national economic
infrastructure and business continuity must be continually exercised and evolved.
The ATCA is a consortium of risk management experts which aims to offer:
- The delivery of strategic risk management solutions to public and private
sector organizations responsible for regional safety and disaster recovery,
economic development, infrastructure, transport and logistical systems;
- Software simulation capability for contingency planning and mitigating
- Resilience capability through constituent member services with specific
Copies of the ATCA
keynote speech will be available on 29th November 2002.
Contact: mi2g Intelligence
Unit - Tel: 020 7924 3010