Establishment of the European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP)
The lack of EU-wide conformity assessment for security-related equipment, systems, and services is a barrier to the development of security-related products. The ERNCIP project provides a framework for CIP-related experimental facilities and laboratories to share knowledge and expertise, and to harmonize test protocols throughout Europe, aiming at improved protection of critical infrastructure in the EU against all types of threats and hazards. Following a preliminary phase, the project was endorsed by the Member States and was launched in 2011. This paper presents the preliminary results from ERNCIP from its first year, describing in detail the foundation of the first Thematic Areas and the development of the Inventory.
KeywordsCritical Infrastructure network experimental facility laboratory test protocol harmonisation ERNCIP Inventory security
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