The IEIA Forum took shape in April 2004 and originated from U.S.-Australia talks on critical infrastructure readiness.

The bi-lateral governmental talks found international collaboration would be key to improving infrastructure readiness, a reality highlighted by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and related threats to each country’s critical infrastructures. With that knowledge, electricity industry and government representatives developed the forum’s basic concept: promoting collaboration and banking industry knowledge for broad use.

In November 2004, a planning meeting to define the objectives and deliverables of the IEIA Forum was held in Sydney. Industry and governments form Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States were in attendance. The meeting results supported the development of the IEIA Forum as a contribution to addressing critical infrastructure protection and infrastructure assurance issues.

In August 2006, nearly 50 people from the participating countries attended the first annual meeting in the US. The Steering Committee formally approved the forum’s concept: the industry must join efforts to save time and money on infrastructure readiness.

In 2007 and beyond, the IEIA Forum’s primary focus will be developing its deliverables.