The European Comission has stated that pan-European frameworks for different security areas are required in order to meet its policy objectives. Specifically, it aims to avoid proliferation of various overlapping and heterogeneous security standards and to arrive at EU-wide standards for the benefit of the internal market. In addition, a common certification systems for security products at a European level still needs to be put in place, as well as mechanisms for mutual recognition of products certified at a national level. Organisations responsible for security products and services increasingly face technical, operational and other interoperability issues at their geographical and political borders. A vigorous political will to share assets and standards, including certification systems across Europe, will empower them to jointly handle the security issues posed by a progressively more interlinked world.
The present book covers various strategic, legal, policy, ethical, etc. aspects and boundary conditions that need to be observed by those who are active in standards setting the security sector. In fact, many aspects are also relevant for other sectors. The more theoretical facets are complemented by a number of illustrative case studies from the German, European and international level.