One of the key elements in ensuring the efficient and comprehensive critical infrastructure protection is the cooperation between the public and the private sector, as well as the cooperation within these sectors, with particular emphasis on cooperation between the representatives of various systems in the private sector.

Developing clear rules and procedures between the authorities, state services and both sole and dependant owners and holders of the objects, installations or facilities of critical infrastructure is an important element of cooperation. It results from the fact that the foremost part of the infrastructure, being of the key importance for the security of the state, lies in the hands of the private sector.
To this end, the cooperation between public and private sector covers:

  • information exchange;
  • information channels for alarm signals coming from state services;
  • ensuring the security of the data received from the operators constituting a trade secret.

The public-private Forum deals with the issues related to the critical infrastructure protection and is one of the elements of the institutionalization of the cooperation between the public and the private sector.

The Forum’s objective is:

  • maintaining an exchange of views as well as enabling work on sensitive issues related to critical infrastructure protection;
  • reporting and developing of new legal solutions for critical infrastructure protection;
  • exchange of views and comments of stakeholders at an early stage of legislative work in the field of critical infrastructure;
  • organization of workshops, seminars and conferences devoted to critical infrastructure protection;
  • maintaining a database of experts on issues related to the subject of critical infrastructure protection in various systems – financial, communication, tele-information network systems, energy, fuel and energy resources supply system.

A mechanism to protect critical infrastructure has been established within the framework of the Forum.The objective of the mechanism is:

  • the provision of the exchange of information between public and private sectors on the threats to infrastructure,
  • the support of the coordination of the actions in the event of destruction or disruption of infrastructure,
  • the provision by public administration entities of factual support (consultancy, training) within the scope of physical and information security, as well as within the scope of the functioning of the internal mechanisms of critical infrastructure protection and crisis management,
  • participation in the exercises on critical infrastructure protection.

Thanks to the work of the Forum participants a list of experts on the issues related to the subject of critical infrastructure in the various systems – financial, communication and tele-information network system, energy, fuel and energy resources supply systems etc. was established. The experts cooperate with the government, inter alia, during the work undertaken within the European Union in order to discuss legislative proposals of the Union with the private sector. The usage of the list of experts accelerates the process of consultations and, at the same time, will allow to learn from the their experience and knowledge, which may public administration alone may lack.

The public administration is responsible for the organization and functioning of the mechanism. The Government Centre for Security functions as a coordinator, whose tasks include: maintaining working contacts with the representatives designated by both sole and dependant owners and holders of the objects, installations or critical infrastructure facilities – so called contact points (including the ministries, central offices, voivodeship offices, Police Headquarters, Internal Security Agency, Intelligence Agency, the Border Guards Headquarters as well as the Headquarters of the State Fire Service).