Sophia Antipolis, France – 15 January 2014

ETSI, the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) standards organization, has released its new white paper on ICT security related standards today. This white paper describes the security-related work undertaken in each of ETSI’s technology fields, including mobile/wireless communications, network infrastructure, electronic signatures, smart cards and emergency telecommunications.

Cover of Security White Paper "Security for ICT - the Work of ETSI"The rapid growth in the complexity of new systems, together with the sophistication of changing threats and the presence of intrinsic vulnerabilities, increases the challenge of maintaining the security of ICT systems and networks.

Over the years, ETSI has developed a unique expertise in standardizing secure communication technologies, building in encryption techniques and fraud prevention mechanisms. The standardization of security features now covers the whole spectrum of ICT. Standards are essential to ensure interoperability among systems and networks, demonstrate compliance with regulation and offer adequate levels of security in current and new areas such as cybersecurity, cloud or machine to machine communications.

“Security is not an additional feature that can be patched on after the adoption of a technology, it must be taken into account from the beginning of the standardization process.” says Charles Brookson, chair of ETSI’s Operational Coordination Group on Security. “Indeed, in many cases it can be a winning driver that enables the overall success of the technology, and with increasing demands of privacy and integrity of data, security is legally essential for businesses which generate and handle user or customer data.”

ETSI’s security white paper is available at:

It provides a high-level overview of ETSI’s security standardization, including past and current work, as well as a detailed listing of all ETSI specifications related to security. Besides security, ETSI addresses societal challenges through ICT standardization in a number of domains such as accessibility and inclusive access to technology, energy efficiency of ICT equipment, road safety through intelligent transport systems, emergency communication systems and eHealth.

About ETSI
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 700 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.

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Contact ETSI:
Claire Boyer 
Tel: +33 6 87 60 84 40