The Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS) was established in 2005 as a joint agreement between the Polish Police, universities and research institutes. Over the years, the cooperation has expanded to include new agencies and representatives of the judiciary.
We are a non-profit organisation, and our mission is to increase the level of security in Poland and Europe. This is mainly achieved by implementing national and international projects supporting the work of uniformed services, training and audit activities and the organisation of specialised workshops, webinars and conferences, as well as through other types of educational and dissemination activities.
Thanks to the cooperation between security practitioners and the representatives of academia modern tools and technologies, as well as legal and organisational solutions aimed at increasing the level of internal security are developed and supported.
The legal form of the Polish Platform for Homeland Security is an association registered in the National Court Register.
Projects and cooperation
To date, we have participated in the implementation of over 30 national and international projects in the security area some, financed by the National Centre for Research and Development and the Programs of the European Commission (Horizon 2020, Internal Security Fund and, Justice).
The PPHS Project Department is responsible for the daily work on initiatives. The team closely cooperates with experts and consultants of the Polish Platform for Homeland Security specialising in individual thematic areas. They include former and current law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges and representatives of science; experienced in working with the services.
In our project activities, we also collaborate with public institutions, European Union organisations, uniformed services, research centres, enterprises and business and industry, as well as with non-governmental entities.
On the basis of an agreement forged with the National Contact Point for EU Research Programmes, PPHS supports the participation of the Polish entities, including security services, in applying for proposals founded under the “Secure Societies” area of the Horizon 2020 Programme. Those are, in particular, promotional, informational and advisory activities.
Since November 2020, PPHS is responsible for organising the Secretariat work of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS). The networks aims to facilitate the formal and informal experience exchange between European services in the field of technology use – gaining and sharing of knowledge, defining common needs and developing good practices. Furthermore, we have made cooperation agreements, inter alia, with the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, AGH Cyber Security Centre in Krakow and the Department of Ethical Hacking at the Abertay University in Great Britain. On the basis of those agreements, it is possible to share good practices and to initiate joint ventures at the international level.
Trainings and audit
The Polish Platform for Homeland Security organises security-related trainings, which are intended mainly for representatives of public administration, but also for private institutions. Until now, PPHS has trained over 9000 people through almost 250 courses.
The training offer includes several modules, specifically: sharing public information, counteracting corruption, the role of whistle-blowers in reporting irregularities, cybersecurity, preventing radicalisation, family mediation, information security management systems in institutions, data protection in the light of the GDPR or work ethic. A detailed list can be found here.
Furthermore, PPHS implements standards and conducts audits in the field of computer network security (including the ISO 27001 series), audits related to the protection of personal data in the light of the GDPR, as well as compliance with the ISO 37001: 2016 standard (Anti-corruption activities management system).
Conferences, workshops and publications
By organising conferences, workshops, webinars, seminars and working meetings, we support the exchange of knowledge both among law enforcement agencies and between uniformed services, and the world of science and business. Since 2005, we have organised over 20 national and international conferences. Moreover, the team has co-organised over 25 conferences, many seminars and workshops with representatives of the public sector, science and business. PPHS was also the patron of a number of security events organised in Poland.
More information about the organised conferences can be found here.
PPHS also issues publications on key security aspects in Poland and Europe. Link to list of publications.
In addition to the activities listed above, the Polish Platform for Homeland Security is also involved in a number of other security-related initiatives, including:
- partnering the Threats Observatory for Young People;
- a proprietary Cybersecurity Standard for SMEs and public institutions;
- developing and implementing a proprietary educational program to prevent radicalisation leading to discrimination and hate speech, which is dedicated to primary and secondary schools;
- two technical committees of the Polish Committee for Standardisation.
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