A wide range of security threats including man-made and natural risks can result in disruptive events having serious consequences for societal and citizen security. Both, public and private stakeholders require adequate solutions in organisation, procedures, and technological capabilities to be able to respond timely and effectively. Thus, there is a need to develop specific standards to enable the various public and private organisations within Europe to be effectively coordinated ensuring as much as possible a smoothly cooperation before, during, and after a disruptive event. However, while standards are well-known and frequently used in many industrial sectors, practitioners in the field of security may not be familiar with this type of tools. Pre-standardisation deliverables, with a process that is both faster and less complex, can then be particularly relevant for them, provided they know about this option.
To ensure the need of European stakeholders are properly met, the National Standards Bodies AFNOR (France), ASI (Austria), DIN (Germany), and SIS (Sweden) with support from the Chairperson of the CEN/TC 391 on Societal and Citizen Security and the very well connected and experienced small and medium-sized enterprise TFC Research and Innovation Limited (Ireland) were reviewing the necessary standardisation tools and mechanisms. This included the pre-standardisation process called “CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA)” and the possibility of introducing a fast-track procedure to adopt market relevant pre-standards into a European Standard (EN). Therefore specific suggestions for general improvement and for security specific improvement of the current processes were made in Deliverable 3.1 and 3.2.
For this objective we relied on the expertise of both, standardisers and users, to reveal strengths and weaknesses of the standardisation tools and mechanisms and to jointly tackle the challenges.