The Council of State sets forth the general objectives of security of supply that determine the overall level of preparedness in view of the minimum needs of the population, the necessary functions of the economy, and military defence. The level of preparedness required depends on the threat scenarios and potential risks envisioned. The most recent decision on the desired state was issued in 2013.

Further duties necessary for security of supply may be assigned to NESA by a Government Decree.

The Security Strategy for Society provides all actors in society with a common basis for their preparedness and crisis-management activities. Strategy and guidance documents on preparedness and disruption management, drafted in various fields of the administration, supplement and elaborate on this general strategy.

A number of industries are also governed by specific regulations relevant for security of supply.