DESSI - Decision Support on Security Investments
Funded by the Security Program and EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the Danish Board of Technology is working in a joint effort with European partners from Germany, Austria and Norway on the project 'Decision Support on Security Investment' (DESSI), which will provide research on rigorous methodologies for assessment of security investments and trade-off between security and other societal objectives (e.g. privacy and social cohesion). The project is scheduled to last two and a half years, from the beginning of January 2011 until June 2013.Background:
Since 9/11 investments in safeguarding the security of European citizens has increased dramatically. The security dimension often overshadows other critical aspects of decisions on investment, i.e. political, ethical, and social. This has led to a securitization of several areas of society, such as transport, public space, health care, etc. Decisions are seemingly immediate responses to specific security issues. They tend to be technology-driven and made behind closed doors. There is an urgent need for a decision support system that directs all processes that lead to decisions on security investment to be transparent and participatory, and that accounts for context and multi-dimensionality of society.
Security investment includes a choice between different approaches to increasing security, and DESSI makes this choice transparent by understanding the nature of a threat and describing and evaluating the security investment alongside its alternatives. The alternatives are identified or developed in a participatory process, including experts and stakeholders.
As the societal phenomena involved (threat perception, technology insight, belief in alternative investments, etc.) are differently distributed and valued among the actors, security investments are often highly controversial. Accordingly, a rigorous investment assessment method needs to include a participatory approach, which ensures that a range of relevant actors is seriously taken on board in the assessment procedure.
The DESSI project will provide a decision support system to end users of security investments. The system will give insight into the pros and cons of specific security investments. It will contribute to a transparent and participatory decision making that accounts for context and multi-dimensionality of society. It will be useful for public authorities, developers of security solutions, commercial enterprises and for social organizations that can use the DESSI tool to make their own comprehensive assessment as an input to strategic discussions or public debate.
Partners of the DESSI project
Last update: 11-04-2013