ISOTC292

Interview with Jan Fosse, Norway

Jan Fosse is the chair of Norways's mirror committee to ISO/TC 292 and is an active expert in WG 6 Protective security. Norway has also invited ISO/TC 292 to hold its next plenary meeting in Stavanger in October this year.

Isotc292online.org: You are a member of Norway’s mirror committee to TC 292. Can you briefly introduce your NSB and mirror committee, please? 

HoD: The committee is an arena for work on standardization and exchange of ideas between different sectors, both public and private.

Isotc292online.org: Who are the key stakeholders of Security and resilience in Norway.

HoD: In Norway the key stakeholders are the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security for the military and civilian sectors respectively.  The security issues of today will be relevant for most organizations; hence the standardization committee has many members, both public and private organizations.

Key stakeholders in Norway are: Aeger Group, DNV GL, DSB, DSS DEP, FFI, Firesafe, Helsedirektoratet, Nokas BST, NSM, NTNU, Politiet – Politidirektoratet, PTIL, Statoil, and UMS.

Isotc292online.org: ISO/TC 292 covers a broad spectrum of standards. In what areas are Norway’s  main interests in the committee?

HoD: The Norwegian committee is most involved in WG 6, WG 3, and WG 2, and we are working to be more active in WG5 as well. In particular, we are working to secure more experts to the new planned proposal from Norway regarding large sporting events.

In general, we are working nationally to engage more experts, including academia with a special competence in Security and resilience.

Norway is hosting the next ISO/TC 292 meeting in Stavanger 2018, and we hope that we will create more knowledge about the important work that ISO/TC 292 are doing in developing standards that will contribute to creating a safer and more robust community.

Isotc292online.org: How do you work currently in these areas (e.g.: are there any laws, regulations, national standards or other rules?) and how can ISO standards help?

HoD: In Norway there is of course legislation with requirements to safety and security. We find that the standards can be useful tools for how to meet these requirements. Standards have a different scope and will also apply across national legislation.

Isotc292online.org: So far have you adopted any standards developed by ISO/TC 292 as a national standard in Norway

HoD: Norway has adopted all the ISO standards as national standards. However I believe there are still challenges of marketing and distribution, where many of the standards are not known to the public in the area of security and resilience.

Isotc292online.org: ISO/TC 292 is now working on standardization within protective security. What is your interest in this project and how would you like to see it develop?

HoD: There are several useful standards or initiatives on this topic. 

One of them is ISO/AWI 22340 - Security and resilience - Protective security - Architecture, framework and guidelines. This standard has the potential to be a tool for a good understanding of how to manage the different security measures in your organization, based on security risk assessment.

Isotc292online.org: How does your mirror committee involve itself in standard development at present and how do you see this developing in the future?

HoD: We have a national mirror committee, that is mirroring the work of TC 292. Since the scope of this group is very wide, we have established working groups also on the national level.  We have established national working groups to support the work in WG 6 and WG 3, and to some extent also WG5.

The national experts are active in different work groups and WG 6 plan to continue this involvement, through the national work group in the mirror committee.

Isotc292online.org: What advice can you give to interested parties in Norway who want to offer their input to the work of ISO/TC 292 and your mirror committee and who should they address? 

HoD: The idea from our committee is to invite participants from public and private sector to engage and support national work, and also secure a national footprint in the international standards. The ISO/TC 292 Standards will help the public and private sector in Co-operation principle, which means that authorities, businesses or agencies have one independent responsibility to ensure the best possible interaction with relevant players and businesses in the work of prevention, preparedness and crisis management. In addition we see the ISO committees as an area for national experts build their professional network. 

More information about the Norwegian mirror committee can be found here.

Isotc292online.org: Any new possible projects that ISO/TC 292 should start on?

HoD: We have started the work on preparing a NWIP for Large Events, that we plan to introduce in the next ISO/TC 292 meeting, taking place in Norway.

Standards Norway is also engaging stakeholders that have a special interest in the planned revision on ISO 28000 series.

Dialog have been established, especially with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD). NFD has the coordinating responsibility for supply preparedness when it comes to foods. NFD shall contribute to business are able to deliver goods and services in crises, this will include planning and handling of supply crises in the food sector.  


Interview made by Lars-Erik Jensen, secretary of the Norwegian mirror committee and member of the Communication Group