About Us

The Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council

Addressing severe hazards to critical societal infrastructures.

EIS Council facilitates national and international collaboration and planning to protect our societies’ critical utilities against uniquely severe Black Sky Hazards.   Our programming and special projects help utilities and their partners develop and implement cost effective, consensus-based protection measures by hosting frameworks for sustained coordination, planning and best practice development.  

EIS Council’s major projects and initiatives.  

1. The Electric Infrastructure Security Summit (EISS) Series

Inaugurated in London on September 20, 2010, EISS has become the primary international framework bringing together senior government, utility and NGO officials from North America, Europe, Israel and worldwide to review the threat of severe disruption of vital national infrastructures. 

 2. The EPRO  Resource Family

Major Black Sky Hazard resilience and response programming and resources, developed in collaboration with critical infrastructure owners and operators and their government and NGO partners. 

a. The EPRO Handbook Series 

Consensus-based, cost effective strategies and best practices for Black Sky Hazard resilience and whole community response.

An evolving, collaborative, peer-reviewed resource for utilities and their government and NGO partners. 
 
The Handbook Series includes:

  • EPRO I:  Black Sky Hazard review, E-threat protection strategies and best practices, and coordinated approaches for whole community-based emergency response.

  • EPRO II   A focused, detailed analysis of the status and recommended Black Sky protection strategies focused on the Water Sector, and the Fuel Resources Sector. 

  • Coming soon:  EPRO III and EPRO EMP.  Future publications will address a range of additional hazards and infrastructures.

The EPRO Handbook Series original, peer-reviewed, collaborative analysis is, updated and expanded based on feedback from EPRO ESC and the EPRO Black Sky Project (below).

 

b. EPRO SECTOR Executive Committe​e

Facilitating Implementation for Assured Infrastructure Protection

Hosting planning by utility owners, operators and their government and NGO partners for practical measures to implement, coordinate, manage and support infrastructure protection.  The EPRO ESC Project includes sector-specific steering committees (“EPRO Sector”), and “umbrella” Executive Steering Committee meetings highlighting broadly applicable concerns and evolving cross-sector considerations.

The EPRO Executive Steering Committee Project – the “implementation arm” of the EPRO Resource Family, is founded on Black Sky Hazard protection strategies and best practices from the EPRO Handbook Series (above), and updated by the output and results of Black Sky Project exercises (below). 

c. The ​EPRO Black Sky Event Simulation Project

Exercising Developing Protection and Response Planning

In an actual crisis scenario, utility and emergency agency managers who live through the crisis often document their takeaway “lessons-learned,” to guide improved resilience and response plans for future, similar crises. 

Black Sky Project exercises make possible a similar learning process, taking the place of an actual crises experience.  These adaptable, multi-sector or sector-unique facilitated tabletop exercises are designed to develop “lessons-imagined” for resilience and emergency response strategies addressing Black Sky Hazard scenarios.  


 The Black Sky Project serves as:

  • A “laboratory:”  A forum for evaluation of sector specific or multi-sector recommendations from the EPRO Handbook and other sources

  • An education and training resource: An exercise adaptable for use by the full range of utilities, and their government and NGO partners.

The Black Sky Project leverages video material simulating news and emergency response operations, with interactive moderation based on evolving resilience and response recommendations from the EPRO Handbook Series, and updates derived from EPRO ESC and EPRO Sector (above).