New ISO technical committee on security - call for interest


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is calling for interest in participation or observation on a new technical committee on security.

In July 2013, the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) secretariat sent members a survey inviting comments on how well ISO's work in the security sector is organised and any ideas for improvement. The results of this survey were used to create the agenda and themes for the Security Coordination Forum that was held in Geneva on 29 – 30 October 2013 and attended by representatives of ISO committees working in the sector.

The TMB then established a taskforce to review the output of the Security Coordination Forum and to prepare a proposal on how to restructure the security sector within ISO. The outcome of their discussions – and following further consultation with the leadership of all committees involved – is the decision to create a new ISO Technical committee (TC) with the following scope:

Standardization in the field of security, including but not limited to general security management, business continuity management, resilience and emergency management, fraud countermeasures and controls, security services, homeland security.

Excluded: Sector specific security projects developed in other relevant ISO committees and standards developed in ISO/TC 262 and ISO/PC 278.

The official starting date for the work of this TC will be 1 January 2015, at which date the three committees ISO/TC 223 Societal security, ISO/TC 247 Fraud countermeasures and controls and ISO/PC 284 Management system for quality of private security company (PSC) operations - Requirements with guidance will be disbanded and their work incorporated into this new structure.

This new TC clarifies ISO’s structural organisation on security matters, and prepares ISO to tackle future topics in this field by creating a de-facto coordination body within the TC central structure. This structure is optimised to limit and prevent conflict or duplication of work. It will assist public administrations/authorities with a general interest and protective mission to optimise their participation in ISO's work in this sector. Non profit organisations with limited resources will also benefit from this simplified structure.

The creation of this TC will not impact the progress of existing work items in the sector. Current projects (mainly from ISO/TC 223, ISO/TC 247 and ISO/PC 284) will all be reallocated within this new committee, whose structure will be decided by the TC itself, once it is formed.

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