The Honorable Judge William H. Webster has been presented with Lifetime Achievement award by IACIPP

The Honorable Judge William H. Webster has been presented with Lifetime Achievement award by the International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals (IACIPP)

The award recognises his incredible service, not only to his country but to the global security community. Chairman of the IACIPP, John Donlon QPM, said “There can be few more deserving candidates for this Award and it is our honour to recognise his achievements and service.”

The Award was presented on behalf of the IACIPP by Mr Jeff Gaynor, CIPRNA Conference Committee Member.

Judge Webster is a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Intelligence Community and Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council. He continues to serve America as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Judge Webster, proclaimed by Governor Tom Ridge the First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “A National Treasure,” was born on March 6, 1923, in St. Louis, Missouri. Judge Webster was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and received a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in 1949. Judge Webster served as a United States Navy Lieutenant during World War II and the Korean War. A practicing attorney from 1949 to 1959, in 1960, Judge Webster became the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri and from 1964 to 1969 was a member of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners. In 1970 Judge Webster was elevated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

In February 1978, Judge Webster was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, from May 1978 to August 1991 Judge Webster served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Director, U.S. Intelligence Community. Judge Webster is the only person in U. S. History to serve in all three of these National Security positions. Upon his retirement from Federal service in 1991, Judge Webster practiced law in the Washington, DC offices of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP. He has maintained an office there since his retirement.

In August 2005, Judge Webster was appointed by President George W. Bush as Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). With the cascading consequences of the long-anticipated failure of the New Orleans Levee System still being inflicted, Judge Webster spearheaded an HSAC study into the adequacy of U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection policies and programs. In January 2006, the HSAC’s “Report of the Critical Infrastructure Task Force” made public its principal recommendation: “Promulgate Critical Infrastructure Resilience as the top-level strategic objective — the desired outcome to drive national policy and planning.” The HSAC’s subsequent June 2011 “Community Resilience Task Force Recommendations” provided the vision and means to operationalize resilience in communities throughout America.

Judge Webster holds 18 honorary degrees and Doctorates and in further recognition of his singularly unique service to the Nation and among his many awards, Judge Webster is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Distinguished Intelligence Medal; and the National Security Medal. In August 2017, the National Spy Museum presented to Former President George H. W. Bush The Honorable William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award.

Judge Webster was married to the late Drusilla Lane Webster for 34 years and is the father of three children. In 1990, Judge Webster married Lynda Clugston. Residing in the Washington, DC area, they enjoy seven grandchildren, a golden retriever, a tabby cat and three horses.

IACIPP Participate in NATO supported Workshop

With respect to the significance of cyber defence of energy sector, with the support of NATO Science for Peace and Security Program, a five-day course was conducted in Ukraine under the hosting of the Ukrainian institute of Center for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS) with the partnership of the Institute for Security and Safety, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences based in Germany. As being a part of the organizational committee, IACIPP also supported the event.

The Association's Caspian and MENA Region Director, Ayhan Gücüyener, participated the event as a lecturer and present on the "Cyber Defence in the Energy Security Context: Understanding the Vulnerabilities, Taking the Actions".

In a modern World of rapid technological changes it is an existential matter for every nation to strengthen its cyber defence. In addition, in case of a broad and sophisticated cyber attack targeting our vital critical infrastructures, the result would be catastrophic. In a rapidly digitalized world our telecommunication networks, water systems and energy infrastructures are becoming more and more vulnerable to cyber threats. However, among those, energy infrastructures are the most favourite target for hackers who know well that a big black out could cause a massive chaos and create a significant economic damage.

As a result, cyber vulnerabilities of energy infrastructures emerges as a crucial topic. The high significance of cyber defence for energy security is caused by twofold reasons. On the one hand, there is strong dependence of economy and society from energy sector. On another hand, there is an increasing trend of sophisticated cyber-attacks directed on energy companies and particular facilities all around the globe. Therefore, cyber security should be precisely considered beside physical protection that was dominated in last century, and comprehensive approach of cyber-physical protection should be implemented on critical infrastructure facilities.