Drones: CoESS calls for Security Risk Assessments

 Responding to the two most recent documents from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), CoESS urged the European authorities to carry out Security Risk Assessments for all drone operations. This would serve as a basis to decide which categories of drones should be e-registered, e-identifiable and geofenced.

As stated in its name EASA, the entity in charge of writing the technical part of the future drones legislation, is mainly focused on safety.  However, a number of studies and entities have pointed to the need to take security more into consideration.

For example, The Oxford Research Group’s Remote Control Project makes a number of recommendations, including legislative, in order for hostile drones to be prevented and detected and for active countermeasures to be developed and be made ready to use.

This is further corroborated by a report from CTC (Combating Terrorism Center), which indicates that at least 4 terrorist groups, mainly based in the Middle East, have programmes in place to use UAs for attacks and preparation of the latter. As a preventative measure, CoESS argues that all UAs should be registered. In addition, CoESS recommends conducting a Security Risk Assessment in order to evaluate whether electronic identification and geofencing should be made mandatory for all categories.

There is no possibility yet to know how in the future even very light UAs (or their parts) that qualify as toys could be used in a harmful way.

The position paper can be downloaded from the CoESS Website

References and sources “Hostile Drones”


Brussels, 3 October 2017 - The first LANDSEC meeting after the summer break had a very full agenda, addressing rail security, cybersecurity, road transport and logistics.

The first presentation was a report from DG MOVE to the stakeholders regarding the rail risk matrix that the Commission built further to a closed session with the Member States in June. The matrix looks at the types of attacks, on the one hand, and infrastructure types, on the other hand.  The types of attacks include explosive, armed, incendiary, hostage and other attacks. The infrastructure type describes the targeted location, for example stations, areas outside / inside stations, train cars, etc.

The LANDSEC Chairman, Carlos Mestre, Head of Unit U5 Transport Security, then opened the floor for comments.

Catherine Piana, DG of CoESS took the opportunity to announce the upcoming publication of the new CoESS Best Practice in Transport Security document.  She highlighted some of the general conclusions:

-       Whatever the security measures, if buyers of private security services keep on focusing mainly on price, and not on quality, it will not support efficient and effective security in the long term;

-       Security legislation / measures usually consider past attacks, and need to be more future-proof, e.g. consider some of the future threats, such as:

  • Drones used to drop explosives
  • Use of CBR, as was the case in the Tokyo metro with Sarin gas

RAILPOL mentioned the crucial role of intelligence, awareness and sharing information.

Stakeholders and Member States are invited to provide comments in the near future.

Drones: CoESS calls for Security Risk Management

Catherine Piana, the CoESS Secretary General, spoke 9th May at the CIPRE Conference in The Hague, the international CIP conference and exhibition. 

Critical Infrastructure Protection is a high priority in Europe, especially so in the current context, where the threat level has been heightened in a number of EU countries, further to attacks on CI, and intelligence showing that some of them are being considered as potential targets by terrorists.

The European CIP Directive is limited in scope and therefore does not respond to the need to protect ECI in a harmonized way across the EU.

The private security industry has contributed to and promoted standards for Maritime Ports and Airports and is examining the need for, feasibility and usefulness of standards in other CI areas.

CoESS is actively participating in the CEN Technical Committee 439 “Private Security Services” and, in this context, is contributing to the current exercise of mapping out CI definitions, categories and legislation throughout Europe, as well as analyzing any gaps and proposing solutions. More recently, CoESS has updated its White Paper on CIP, which brings together business cases of private-public partnerships and shows the advantages of PPPs in CIP. The White Paper can be downloaded here 

The paper proposed by CoESS reports on current activities and future plans in CIP from the private security services perspective.

For more information about the conference and exhibition:

The CoESS and UNI Europa project on "Anticipating, Preparing and Managing Change in Private Security Employment" has been officially launched on 1 February 2017, thanks to the EU funds supporting the Social Dialogue.  The project will last until 2018, and requires support from Consultants/Academics.  A report is one the main deliverables, and this would consist in two main parts:

- a first part analysing the nature, magnitude and timing of the change (e.g. demographic, technological, security domain, threat, immigration, etc)

- a second part making recommendations on how to anticipate, prepare and manage the change, with a focus on employment: profiles, skills, training, etc.

Specifications for the tender are available upon request. Please contact Chantal Verlaet, Policy and Communication Officer  or Catherine Piana, Director General 

A new website, a new intranet, a new eNewsletter!  The year 2016 will be placed under the sign of communication.

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“Acting as the voice of the Security Industry” is the tagline which features on the new CoESS website.  As a result of a survey with members and a thought-process within the Board, a new vision, objective and core values and messages have been defined.

CoESS is preparing itself to work on the future rules for Unmanned Aircraft (so-called “drones”), which are being discussed at European level.  A Project Team has been set up, with experts who will look at the proposed rules and give feedback to the European Aviation Safety Agency, as it will prepare the technical rules during 2016.

The Ambudrone

The “Ambudrone” - whilst the European Commission has presented its aviation package, to also cover so-called “unmanned aircraft”, new applications for these light flying objects are popping up every day. Here’s a short video about the ambudrone in the Netherlands: a medical flying bag transporting resuscitation means, such as a GPS defibrillator, an oxygen mask or a dose of insulin.

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