SeBoCom Pre-Study: A preliminary study on Secure Border Communications


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2008 - SeBoCom Pre-Study: A preliminary study on Secure Border Communications (pdf) by Frontex and the EU Joint Research Centre:

"The main objective of the SeBoCom project was to define the way to proceed to a further and complete study. This task was to be achieved through this pre-study and through a Workshop involving end-users to stimulate the discussion and gain the input regarding their needs.

The issues related to the collaboration of different forces, within the same Member State and from different Member States, aimed at securing the EU border against the present threats have already been analyzed in several previous studies.

However, there is a need for a study that will aim at bringing together operational and technical knowledge to help providing the European Border Forces with effective, reliable, easy to use communications infrastructure capable of secure, end-to-end delivery of voice and data.

This study has already collected some initial data on the present Communications infrastructures outlining the co-existence of many different systems, some already based on digital technology, others outdated or quite obsolete.

One of the key finding of the present study is the need to define joint procedure to manage communications among different bodies belonging to different Member States: the most reliable and secure telecommunication infrastructure will be useless if there is no agreement on the type and structure of communications that are transmitted over the infrastructure.

The full fledged study will have to:

• Create and populate a database of the existing telecommunications infrastructures;
• Identify operational scenarios for different contexts which gain consensus from all interested organizations;
• Identify operational requirements focusing on the specific needs of Border Security in the perspective of the present technological state of the art and the legacy systems still in use;
• Establish a permanent forum, managed by Frontex that officers from the relevant organizations can use to share views and reach consensus on operational procedures."

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