Information Security Standardisation Network

Background

The Information Security Standardisation Network was established in the then Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority in autumn 2016 at the initiative of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The network’s first chair was Chief Adviser Timo Leppinen, and during his one-year term, the network focused on monitoring the standardisation of the internet of things. The current chair Saana Seppänen assumed control of the network in autumn 2017.

Purpose of the network

The network brings various interest groups together to monitor topical standardisation and regulation projects concerning information security and any related phenomena. The network distributes information and aims for active interaction in its activities. Members of the network are also actively encouraged to network.

For whom

The Information Security Standardisation Network is free-of-charge and open to all interested parties. The network currently has roughly one hundred members from various interest groups: members represent companies from small businesses to international operators, telecommunications operators, academia, testing institutions and authorities from various branches of government.

How to join

You can join the network by sending the chair an e-mail message (saana.seppanen[at]traficom.fi).

Activities

The network meets 3–5 times a year to discuss current affairs. These meetings usually last approximately three hours. Meetings include overviews of current information security activities at official standards organisations (ISO/IEC, CEN/CENLEC, ITU-T/ETSI), in addition to which the network actively monitors parties such as the OWASP foundation and the 3GPP project. Meetings will also often feature expert talks on topical matters. Meeting materials are also shared with the members after the meeting upon permission from the speakers.

News

Information Security Standardisation Network meetings have usually been held in the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency premises with remote participation opportunities offered at times. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, meetings are currently only held online until meeting in person is deemed safe again.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be held online on 23 September 2020 from 12 noon to 3 pm.