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Security Level System - SLS

The Security Level System (SLS) has taken effect on 1 January, 2011.
The Security Phase System has now been discontinued.

Aim:

The SLS is a system designed to provide an objective description of the security environment of a particular area or location in which the UN must operate. It does so based on a structured analysis of the prevailing threat in an area or location, and is conducted in such a way as to reduce subjectivity.This will provide the UN with a consistent threat-measuring tool which builds system-wide reliability on determining Security Levels.

Methodology

The SLS is based on a Structured Threat Assessment (STA) which provides a standard methodology of answering questions, and selecting and inputting numerical values into an automated system which produces a Security Level.

The Security Level System is to provide an objective description of the security environment of a particular area or location in which the UN must operate. It does so based on a structured analysis of the prevailing threat in an area or location, and is conducted in such a way as to reduce subjectivity. This will provide the UN with a consistent threat-measuring tool which builds system-wide reliability on determining Security Levels. In conducting the analysis in this manner, it is more likely that an analysis done by different people for the same location will be more similar and consistent. The structured nature of the process provides a basis for specific discussion of differences when they arise. Lastly, the Security Level System identifies specific levels of oversight provided by the Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and others which reinforces accountability.

The Security Level System consists of six levels and is designed as a security management tool for the global UN System. The Security Level is prepared by security professionals, with the input and the approval of the Designated Official (DO) and Security Management Team (SMT). It provides security decision makers with a snapshot of the existing security environment in a specific geographic area or location and can be used to make comparisons and set priorities. It is important to note that the Security Level System is based on a logical analysis of threat, and therefore should not be compared to the previous Security Phase system. Making comparisons across the two systems can be confusing and is discouraged.

The Security Level System eliminates automatic linkages to specific security measures, such as relocation or evacuation of dependents, or to personnel entitlements, such as Hazard Pay. It is important to note that the Security Level is determined solely by the existing threat in an area and not on the level of risk. The Security Risk Assessment is used to determine the level of risk from each specific threat against the UN, and applying mitigating measures to each risk will result in a residual risk.

DSS Security Policy Manual (1, 2, 3)