The DESSI project seeks to construct a method for reflective evaluation of decisions on security investments. The What If-Scenario Engagement (WISE) is an additional component to the DESSI methodology, allowing decisions on security investments to possess an element of foresight. It provides a framework in which to test the decisions against future societal, economic and political change.
Advantages of using the WISE module
Combining the WISE scenarios with the multi-dimensional DESSI assessment process will establish a better and more rigid foundation for decision support. The objective of using future scenarios is to identify and illustrate possible developments that could challenge the appropriateness of a security investment.
Behind the WISE component is a wish to construct an easy-to-use framework that will not add complexity or costs to an on-going assessment process. WISE should be presented as a “wild card” following the completion of the first DESSI assessment round. It will thus present a process that will not affect the previous one, merely stressing and testing the previous decision to a greater extent.
Implementing the WISE module
- Adding two questions to the first phase of the DESSI assessment – relating to possible future trends that can affect the initial security problem’s robustness and completeness
- Organising a consultative session as a closing element to a DESSI workshop. The objective will be to discuss the plausibility and relevance of the future trends from step 1, and whether the current evaluation premises will change as a result of the contextual variation.
- The final step will be to organise a suitable forum for discussion. Either through semi-structured group discussions or plenary sessions.