Natural disasters, severe accidents in industry and traffic with an enduring impact as well as terrorist attacks reveal the sensitivity of the environment and our infrastructures and thus of our society. At the end of the day they are - in many cases - caused by human failure and deficits in anticipatory precaution. The cooperation during catastrophes between regional, federal and authorities of neighbouring states is generally insufficient. Equipment, education and training are often heterogeneous and interfere with the ability to cooperate.
Deficits can be identified especially
- in the lack of anticipatory scenarios
- in the lack of analyses concerning the vulnerability of critical infrastructures
- in inadequate application of techniques to analyse consequences of taken or defaulted measures (risk analyses)
- in the statutory responsibility of authorities and their immanent interest to manage crises and the resulting
- in incompatibility of different information and management systems
- in an insufficient scenario-oriented training (simulation, experimental and life exercises).
The CESS Approach
CESS provides extensive expertise in all areas mentioned. Scenario development is among CESS’s core competences. CESS has conducted various investigations on critical infrastructure vulnerabilities in the context of EU studies and has compiled respective reductive measures. In scenario-driven experimental exercises the post-terrorist attack management was trained, and deficits in crisis management were identified. For this purpose CESS provides adequate instruments. CESS offers a holistic approach based on the experience and background of its staff and network of associates and partners.
- Security-sensitive business sectors and enterprises (large scale industry, airport carriers, airlines, energy providers)
- The federal government, public authorities and security organisations
- EU Directorates (research programmes, EU special projects)