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National Risk Management preparedness: guidelines for critical information infrastructure governance

ENISA has launched a new publication on National Risk Management (NRM) preparedness. The report, ‘ENISA ad hoc Working Group on National Risk Management Preparedness: Consolidated Report,’ sets out the essential elements of three key processes and twelve related activities as a guideline for the governance of NRM in relation to a country’s critical information infrastructure (CII).

The three key processes to design a National Risk Management Preparedness Programme are:

• Process 1: Define NRM Policy.
• Process 2: Coordinate and Support Implementation [of risk management in CII stakeholder organisations].
• Process 3: Review, Reassess and Report [on NRM].

Each of these three processes is supported by a number of activities. These include among others; to set the vision, establish the NRM organization, promote standards, create awareness, as well as to analyse errors and incidents.

The guidelines feature a questionnaire that allows governments to assess their strengths and weaknesses in relation to NRM preparedness by using a use a five-level capability maturity measurement.

The report can be used in practice by national governments to:
• Identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of NRM in their Member State;
• Assist in the development of a framework for the governance of NRM;
• Help the government to assist CII stakeholder organisations in developing their own risk management processes; and
• Assess the Member State's NRM preparedness through the use of a defined testing process.

Read the full paper

•Date: 20th May 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article • Topic: Critical infrastructure protection

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