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Standardisation in the security sector

  • Published 10/03/2011
Numerous factors make the security sector relevant from a Nordic standardisation perspective.


From 15/10/2009
To 15/06/2011

Firstly, the economic potential is substantial, which is reflected in the continuous rise in activity in the sector. Secondly, the extensive national Nordic regulation within the sector, combined with the lack of international regulation makes the sector interesting from a Nordic standardization perspective. Lastly, the Nordic countries have large international players in this sector.


The security service sector consists of private security providers, public security service (e.g. security services provided by the police) and public and private players that have their own security personnel (e.g. museums, airports). It is important to stress the difference between the provision of private and public security services. The public providers such as the police provide basic security, whereas the private security providers deliver additional security as a response to individual request such as manned guarding, mobile patrols and alarm response, key holding security screening, event security, door security personnel and security and order services in the public.


According to a feasibility study on the possibilities for Nordic service standardization initiatives, the potential and willingness to develop standards within the security sector are high. Standards are believed to be an instrument which can improve the rather “shady” image of the sector. Introduction of standards is also regarded as a way to weed out the so called “cowboy firms” in the business.


This project aim to develop a business plan for the development of security standards and based on this plan establish one or two Nordic Standard Specifications (NSS).