The Norwegian Business and Industry Security Council
The Norwegian Business and Industry Security Council (NSR) is a member organization that serves the Norwegian business sector in an advisory capacity on matters relating to crime. NSR helps companies that need advice and counselling regarding industrial espionage, sabotage, narcotics, theft, terrorism, organized crime, fraud, extortion, corruption, computer criminality, and more. In addition to individual counseling, NSR holds courses and seminars on current affairs relating to the security of your business. NSR represent a link between businesses, the police and security authorities, and is a valuable network for all sectors of Norwegian business.
NSR was established by the Norwegian business sector as part of a unified effort to combat criminal activity. NSR cooperates with the relevant government authorities to design and implement the most effective guidelines and restrictions in this context. The public and the private sectors share a responsibility to fight and prevent criminal activities. NSR provides a platform for the private sector in these efforts.
Costs to society
Criminal activity drains Norwegian society and companies of huge amounts of money each year. Few companies are spared. There is good reason to believe that these problems will only worsen in the coming years. A growing proportion of these costs are affecting business and industry directly, and it is essential for individual companies, and the sector as a whole, that something is done to stem this development. Much can be achieved by introducing effective initiatives to enhance crime prevention and increase awareness – but doing this successfully takes knowledge.
Attitudes and ethics
In general, security efforts involve motivating new thinking and changing attitudes. The weakest link in the security chain is often the people. However, the right incentives and attitudes can transform people into the most important resource in security efforts. It can be difficult to find the proper balance between physical measures, public responsibilities and internal controls. Company managers and staffs alike need to be able to see the whole picture in order to make the right decisions on security measures. Security is everyone’s responsibility, and security activities need to be integrated into the strategic thinking at the highest level of an organization.
NSR has established a specialist council to assist in assessing threats and devising measures to counteract criminal activity targeted toward business and industry. The commission includes representatives from industrial organizations and companies. The Norwegian Police Security Service, the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning, the Norwegian National Security Authority, the National Police Directorate, the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime and the National Bureau of Crime Investigation all take part as advisory institutions.
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