Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe

Catherine Piana

Catherine Piana

Director General

CoESS – Confederation of European Security Services


Catherine Piana is the Director General of the Confederation of European Security Services since August 2014.  CoESS acts as the voice of the private security industry in Brussels vis-à-vis European Institutions and other key stakeholders in Europe and beyond.  Catherine coordinates the industry’s position, acts as the organisation’s spokesperson for all matters of interest to private security, including CIP, the future regulation on UA’s (so-called “drones”), and many more. She coordinated the publication of the CoESS White Paper on CIP (2016 Update), which makes the case for PPPs in CIP and outlines 15 business cases from all over Europe in different types of CI.

Catherine chairs the CEN TC 439 “Private Security Services” since it was set up in 2015 and is active in both CEN and ISO TCs relevant to private security.

Since June 2016, Catherine has also been designated Director General of ASSA-I (Aviation Security Services Association-International)

Catherine previously served as Director General of the European Vending Association (1997-2013),  CEO of the Worldwide Vending Associations (2008-2012) and PR Adviser of the Secretary General of EuroCommerce (1990-1997).

She holds a Masters Degree in Translation (English-Italian-French), an MBA, and is a Master Practioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and a certified Trainer.

Presentation: Progress report: the case for standardization in Critical Infrastructure Protection

Critical Infrastructure Protection is a high priority in Europe, especially so in the current context, where the threat level has been heightened in a number of EU countries, further to attacks on CI, and intelligence showing that some of them are being considered as potential targets by terrorists.
The European CIP Directive is limited in scope and therefore does not respond to the need to protect ECI in a harmonized way across the EU.
The private security industry has contributed to and promoted standards for Maritime Ports and Airports and is examining the need for, feasibility and usefulness of standards in other CI areas.
CoESS, the Confederation of European Security Services, is actively participating in the CEN Technical Committee 439 “Private Security Services” and, in this context, is contributing to the current exercise of mapping out CI definitions, categories and legislation throughout Europe, as well as analyzing any gaps and proposing solutions. More recently, CoESS has updated its White Paper on CIP, which brings together business cases of private-public partnerships and shows the advantages of PPPs in CIP.
The paper proposed by CoESS reports on current activities and future plans in CIP from the private security services perspective.