are documented agreements containing technical specifications or
other precise criteria to be used constantly as rules or guidelines
to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit
for their purpose. (ISO)
to an international standard means that the product or service can be used worldwide,
as is the case, for example, for credit cards and
the telecommunication field, the objective of the ITU standardization sector (ITU-T)
"is to ensure an efficient and on-time production of high
quality standards covering all fields of telecommunications."
work is carried out by ITU-T
Study Groups. ITU-T Study Group 17 is the lead ITU-T Study
Group for communication systems security matters (CSS).
standards were also the subject of a two-day workshop organized by
ITU-T in Seoul, Korea, in May 2002:
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a
non-governmental organization based in Geneva, with the mission to
promote the development of standardization in the world, to
facilitate international exchange of goods and services.
and IEC (International
Electrotechnical Commission) have established a Joint
Technical Committee 1(JTC 1): ISO/IEC
JTC 1, dealing with standardization in the field of
27 (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27)
is specifically working in the area of "security
techniques" for IT.