The MASC-CBRN Online Database sets out an integrated framework for conceptualising CBRN security risk governance. The spectrum of CBRN security risks is wide and multifaceted and conditioned by a multitude of factors. These include the horizontal diffusion of activities involving CBRN materials and information; the rapid pace of innovation and scientific and technological convergence; and the conflation of security concerns that have previously been addressed in silos. Preventing and countering the cumulative effects of these multi-dimensional dynamics requires a systematic approach comprising a flexible combination of top-down and bottom-up CBRN security risk management initiatives and measures, in order to ensure resilience and an enhanced adaptive capacity. The Online Database is intended to serve as a mapping tool that provides a comprehensive snapshot of CBRN security risk governance at a national level.
CATALOGUE ON BEST PRACTICES
The MASC-CBRN Catalogue on Best Practices is a thematically organised online tool for raising awareness of existing strategies and approaches for multi-stakeholder engagement in the area of CBRN safety and security risk management. The effective prevention and countering of deliberate CBRN risks cut across different sectors – national security, defence, law enforcement, health, civil protection, research and innovation, and intelligence – and require concerted and coordinated action by multiple actors in public and private domains. Building sustainable networks and partnerships among relevant agencies and entities needs to take into account the specificities of their respective roles and mandates. The Catalogue offers an indicative overview of initiatives and frameworks that seek to facilitate multi-agency collaboration, communication, and coordination for enhancing CBRN safety and security.
COMPENDIUM OF DATA SHARING TOOLS
The MASC-CBRN Compendium of Data Sharing Tools focuses on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in facilitating knowledge and experience sharing in the area of CBRN security risk management. The utility of ICTs has been particularly demonstrated in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, whereby many networking, training and learning, and knowledge transfer activities have to take place in a virtual mode via online platforms. The Compendium is divided into three categories: tools for networking; tools for experience exchange; and tools for training, awareness-raising, and outreach. The Compendium has been developed using open-source information. The lists of tools in the different categories are indicative and non-exhaustive.