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The section contains downloadable resources such as TG deliverables, conference presentations and ERNCIP Office documents. The list is presents the most recent uploaded documents first.

Detection of Indoor Airborne Chemical-Biological Agents

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Definition of relevant scenarios of indoor airborne threats (chemical and biological) in critical infrastructure For further details please contact us.

Tue, 2016-07-05

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Chemical and biological terrorist attacks in indoor spaces pose specific challenges for prevention and preparedness, two attributes of the highest importance especially when critical infrastructures are involved. This is the report of the first task of the Thematic Group (Detection of Indoor Airborne Chemical and Biological Agents) on indoor CB risks to critical infrastructures. In this task we identified the types of infrastructures that seem to be the most vulnerable to indoor-type attacks with chemical or biological agents, we reviewed previous experiences (both in terms of case studies and in terms of past research projects) and identified the most pertinent CB agents. Once these were determined, generic (representative) scenarios of indoor airborne contamination have been listed in order to launch the following step of the project.

So far we have completed the first phase of scenario identification and selection. Preliminary analyses of the scenarios has taken place already. The next step includes the detailed analysis of the selected scenarios in order to reckon the damage potential and health risk potency of the agents involved. Our preliminary conclusion is that a lot can be gained by re-analysis of prior experiences and fictitious scenarios involving CB agent attacks. Nonetheless, it became clear through our analytical process that proper examination of scenarios involving release of CB agents in the interior of critical infrastructures requires a re-adaptation of existing modelling tools and re-analysis of incidents that occurred in the past. This relates to the specific features of indoor spaces and the extremely high population exposure potential of indoor spaces given the current organisation of society.

For further details, please contact the ERNCIP Office.​

Chemical and Biological (CB) Risks to Drinking Water

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Overview of standards/guidelines and current practices for vulnerability assessment of drinking water security in the European Union

Mon, 2016-06-20

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The assets associated with the production and supply of drinking water are regarded as critical infrastructure (CI) that must be protected against a wide range of incidents that could compromise its integrity. Of concern are those incidents that occur infrequently and often with little or no prior warning and have the potential to cause major contamination or disrupt the supply of drinking water.
Member States have included the security of water supply in their national security plans and have conducted vulnerability assets. Organisational responsibility rests with different government departments depending on the country. Several countries reported conducting research at the national level aimed at safeguarding water supply.
Several organisations within the European Commission have implemented action at EU level and Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) have several working groups concerned with security and water supplies in particular. In addition, a considerable number of research projects have been funded by the Commission.
The assessment is of a very fragmented structure for critical infrastructure protection (CIP) with the European Union. There appears to be overlapping in responsibility for drinking water security between different organisations, which to a certain extent would be expected because of the wide variety of threats that could potentially compromise the integrity of a water supply system.
This review has not yet covered all Member States, but it is intended to act as an active document that will be periodically revised to take account of new developments. The information will be used to support the ongoing work of the Thematic Group for Chemical and Biological Risks to Drinking Water with the development of its programme of work aimed at managing chemical and microbiological risks.

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Proposal for a water security plan to improve the detection of threats in the distribution network affecting drinking water quality

Mon, 2016-06-20

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The objective of this deliverable is to describe the proposal for the creation of a water security plan (WSecP) at EU level focused on water quality security, and not physical security only, although physical security should be also included.

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Synthesis of existing legislation, guidelines, standards, organisations and projects related to drinking water safety and monitoring

Mon, 2016-06-20

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In order to define the basic elements for harmonisation in the field of drinking water safety and security, existing European standards and directives are presented. A specific focus is made on biological risks. It clearly appears that little information is available for biological monitoring and only a few microorganisms are recommended for monitoring. Outside Europe, guidelines and directives are available either at international (the World Health Organisation (WHO)) or at national (Canada, the United States, Australia) levels. Although the risks may be different from one country to another, these documents can be considered as models, as they include reference scientific information. Various European partnerships also exist to tackle water quality, such as the water joint programming initiative (JPI-Water), the water European innovation partnership (EIPWater), Eureau, the water information system for Europe (WISE), and mandate 487 (M/487). All these networks are of great importance because they group the major stakeholders in the water sector (institutions, private companies, operators, governmental agencies, regulators, etc.). They point out the needs, and are actively involved in driving strategy, policy, and scientific approaches. In parallel, EU-funded projects ensure research and development (R & D) innovations and they define future monitoring technologies and efficient European networks. Finally, recommendations are presented in order to avoid overlap with existing initiatives and to strengthen the mission of the water thematic group.

Reports

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The European reference network for critical infrastructure protection - Project first phase (2011-2014): from concept to implementation (ePub)

Thu, 2016-06-02

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As the ERNCIP project has concluded its first phase, this book documents and consolidates the work performed by the network, particularly the work of its thematic groups (TGs) between 2011 and 2014. It is co‑authored by some of the TG coordinators and the ERNCIP office.

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The European reference network for critical infrastructure protection - Project first phase (2011-2014): from concept to implementation

Wed, 2016-06-01

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As the ERNCIP project has concluded its first phase, this book documents and consolidates the work performed by the network, particularly the work of its thematic groups (TGs) between 2011 and 2014. It is co‑authored by some of the TG coordinators and the ERNCIP office.

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European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) Annual Report – 2016 edition

Mon, 2016-05-30

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This report aims to assist the dissemination of the results of the European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) activities. The report summarises the achievements of the ERNCIP Thematic Groups, providing a convenient way to access information on any specific theme of interest covered by ERNCIP. The report also describes current thematic group activities, to allow subject-matter experts and critical infrastructure operators to identify ongoing areas of research they might be interested in assisting.

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ERNCIP-IMPROVER Joint Operators Workshop 2016