100th Edition - April 2013

ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 

 

In This Issue 

ASIS Holds Its 2013 European Conference & Exhibition

 

The Hague to Host ASIS Europe 2014

 

Call for Articles - Celebrating the 100th Edition of EuroDynamics

 

ASIS/IE Business School Executive Education Programme - 4-7 June 2013 - Madrid, Spain: Learn to Be a Strategic Business Leader


ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits

  

Industry Airs Its Views on the Future Industrial Policy Measures the EU Should Consider, With Technical Standards Topping the List

 

Chapter News: ASIS UK Chapter Police Charity Night

 

Internal Security: What Progress Has Been Made?

 

Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2014 in Dubai

 

Industry and MEPs Grapple Over Data Protection Law

 

Chapter News: ASIS Poland Chapter Meeting

 

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS 2013, ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013, ASIS Middle East 2014 and ASIS Europe 2014!

 

EU Agency ENISA: Internet Service Providers Fail to Apply Filters Against Big Cyber Attacks

 

ASIS: Utilities Security Council Releases Two White Papers  

 

Olaf Chief Rejects Calls to Quit Over Dalligate

 

Google's Collision Course with Member States

 

Boosting the Role of Europol

 

Global Credit Card Fraud Network Dismantled

 

European Commission Welcomes European Parliament's Vote to Extend Mandate of ENISA and Strengthen EU Cybersecurity

 

New EU Training Centre to Combat Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials  

 

Combating Firearms Trafficking: Commission Proposes Ratification of UN Protocol and Further Action

 

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Professional Development

 

Chapter and Certification Events

 

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a1ASIS Holds Its 2013 European Conference & Exhibition

ASIS International held its 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition on 14-16 April 2013 at the Swedish Congress Centre. 403 senior security professionals from 37 countries were registered for the event.


On Sunday 14 April, the programme started with a professional tour of the Gothenburg Casino, giving insights on the challenges they face in securing this historical building. The welcome drink gathered the delegates in the exhibition area where Geoff Craighead CPP, President of ASIS, welcomed all to the event.  

Klas Friberg, Head of the National Bureau of Investigation of the Swedish Police (Rikskriminalpolisen)   

On 15 April, the conference programme kicked off with a presentation by Klas Friberg, Head of the National Bureau of Investigation of the Swedish Police (Rikskriminalpolisen), at the opening plenary session. Mr. Friberg presented measures aimed at combating organised crime in Sweden. 18 educational sessions were on offer to the conference delegates, with topics from cyber security (Axel Petri, Senior Vice President Group Security Policy of Deutsche Telekom AG (Germany) on Cyber Security - of Hares, Tortoises and Hedgehogs) to Crime and Fraud Management (Torsten Wolf, Group Head of Crime and Fraud Prevention, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, Switzerland - A framework for Managing Crime & Fraud) or environmental activists threats (Barrie Millett, Head of Business Resilience, E.ON, UK, Environmental Single Issue Activism - a Real Threat to Business or Minor Distraction). 

The first day was closed by the President's Reception held at the Gothenburg City Hall in the presence of Lena Malm, Lord Mayor of Gothenburg.   


Fadel Soliman, Director of the Bridges Foundation

 

On the second day, Fadel Soliman, Director of the Bridges Foundation, attempted to demystify the concept of Jihad and explained how it is not synonymous to terrorism. The second conference day also featured 15 educational sessions provided by high-level speakers that included Berndt Rif, CPP, Senior Policy Adviser Security Operations of the Dutch Central Bank (The Netherlands) on Pre-employment and In-employment Screening: The Israëli Approach, Prof. Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, UK on Criminals and security professionals, who now has the upper hand?, as well as Charles Randolph, Senior Director - Executive Protection and Intelligence of Microsoft (USA) on Perspectives on the Modern Global Executive Protection Environment.   

   Anders Groenli, Special Adviser for Strategic Security Risk Management of Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway)

 

The conference was closed by Anders Groenli, Special Adviser for Strategic Security Risk Management at Norges Bank (Central Bank of Norway), who discussed the Oslo 22 July 2011 terrorist attack and its impact on current security thinking.

 

  

From left to right: Geoff Craighead, CPP, President of ASIS; Alessandro Lega, CPP; Eduard Emde, CPP, Chairman of the Board of ASIS; and Michael J. Stack, ASIS Chief Executive Officer

 

In recognition of his efforts as a volunteer leader, Alessandro Lega, CPP was made a life member of ASIS by ASIS President Geoff Craighead, CPP.  

In addition, sessions designed especially for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) were organised by the CSO Roundtable, the ASIS forum for the most senior security professionals from the largest and most influential organisations in the world.    

The event also featured an exhibition where 30 sponsors and exhibitors presented their products and services to security professionals. It was supported by 13 media partners from all over Europe and 4 supporting organisations.

  

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a2The Hague to Host ASIS Europe 2014

  

From left to right: Erik de Vries, CPP, Chairman of the ASIS Benelux Chapter; Henk Kool, Vice Mayor of the City of The Hague; Godfried Hendriks, CPP, ASIS SRVP Group Co-Chair; Eduard Emde, CPP, Chairman of the Board of ASIS; and Arjo de Jong, Chairman, European Conference

 

The ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition will take place at the World Forum in The Hague, The Netherlands on 1-3 April 2014.

 

The 2014 Conference & Exhibition is expected to attract around 500 senior security professionals. It will kick off on Tuesday 1 April with a welcome drink in the exhibition area. Over the following 2 days, delegates will be able to attend 33 high-level educational sessions divided over 3 parallel tracks. In addition, the conference will feature 3 keynote presentations.

 

Henk Kool, Vice Mayor of the City of The Hague commented: "I'm very glad that we will host the ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition in our city. The Hague is the International City of peace and justice with more than 150 international organisations and courts such as the International Criminal Court, the Yugoslavia Tribunal, the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency, Europol, Eurojust, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3). In addition to peace and justice, the city of The Hague is focused on security issues. The security cluster that we developed with business partners, knowledge institutes and government bodies is acknowledged as the Dutch national security cluster and known as The Hague Security Delta (HSD). Our goal is to develop HSD into an international security hub, the right environment for solving complex security issues, as well as for business and innovation. We want to facilitate European and trans-Atlantic cooperation in the field of security as much as we can. ASIS International is a strong international security network, so we are proud to host ASIS Europe 2014 and we will provide all the support to organise a top-level conference."

 

Erik de Vries, CPP, Chairman of the ASIS Benelux Chapter, added: "As Chairman of the ASIS International Benelux Chapter I look forward to welcoming the 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition to The Hague. I am convinced that it will not only be of great value for ASIS International members, but it will boost professional attention, business and knowledge sharing opportunities for the entire Benelux Security Industry. For some years ASIS Benelux - being the third largest ASIS Chapter in Europe - has aimed for hosting the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition. We feel that with the city of The Hague, sometimes referred to as the city of peace and justice and with strong links to security, we have found a prominent partner."

  The ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition will also include:

  • A summit for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) organised by the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International;
  • An enlarged exhibition featuring the latest in security technology and services;
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities at the President's Reception, business lunches and networking breaks.

 

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a3Call for Articles - Celebrating the 100th Edition of EuroDynamics

On the occasion of the publication of the 100th edition of EuroDynamics, ASIS International invites its members to submit articles that will be published in the next editions of the newsletter as well as on the homepage of the European website of ASIS.

 

The main purpose of this call for articles is to share your most rewarding experiences as an ASIS member with the other members. Whether you have run a successful Chapter event or a successful recruitment campaign, any article that will allow the sharing of knowledge with other members of ASIS is welcome.

 

General guidelines:

  • Articles must be in English only.
  • Articles should be of approximately 500 words.
  • If you would like to submit longer articles, we invite you to submit a 500 words summary that will be published in the newsletter and on the website with a link to the full article

You are invited to contact the Editor if you have any question on this call.

 
a4ASIS/IE Business School Executive Education Programme - 4-7 June 2013 - Madrid, Spain: Learn to Be a Strategic Business Leader

Register now to attend a customized four-day executive education programme at a leading European business school.

 

ASIS International will once again partner with Madrid-based IE Business School, one of Europe's leading business schools to deliver Effective Management for Security Professionals. This four-day executive education programme has been customised to introduce mid-to-senior level security practitioners to the dynamics of business fundamentals.

 

"The understanding of the 'bigger corporate picture' and hence the business` security and risk management requirements are key to implement and manage an effective corporate security strategy, as well as ensure long-term support from senior management," stated programme graduate Michael Otto, corporate security officer, Novartis International AG. "The programme and attendees' discussions provided guidance as well as suggestions as to how best to achieve this objective."

 

Programme participants will develop a strategic understanding of the role of security management as an enabler of business success and acquire the knowledge and skills required to present a sound business case for their security initiatives.

 

The programme will take place 4-7 June on the IE Business School campus. Preview the programme and register to attend at www.asisonline.org.

Fees:

  • 3.600€ for ASIS members
  • 4.500€ for non-members
 
a8ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits

  


Today's smart, strategic solutions mesh together all aspects of physical and logical security. ASIS 2013, the world's most influential security event, will deliver the forward-thinking security solutions and up-to-date intelligence security professionals need to face tough challenges, mitigate risk, and keep them at the top of their game. Join more than 20,000 of your peers in Chicago for the 'must attend' show of the year.
 

The colocation of the (ISC)2 Security Congress enables conference registrants of both events to take advantage of the education, exhibits, and various networking opportunities available.

 

REGISTER TODAY. Choose from full and single-day packages for access to sessions, events, and the exhibits, or free exhibits-only registration including admission to the keynote presentations (new this year!) when you register in advance. Team discounts, reduced government fees, and early-bird savings available.

 

Book your hotel reservations early through the ASIS Housing Bureau to ensure your choice of hotel, rates, and preferred accommodations. There are a wide variety of hotels for every taste and budget.

 

STRATEGIC. SMART. SECURE. . . ASIS 2013

   

a6Industry Airs Its Views on the Future Industrial Policy Measures the EU Should Consider, With Technical Standards Topping the List

What kind of industrial policy does the EU need to help consolidate and support Europe's security market, and what does industry expect from this in the future?

 

While the Commission is reviewing a wide range of options, the views of policymakers and industry converged on what the top priority should be.

 

"The most urgent of these industrial policy actions is certification and standardisation," Marco Malacarne, Head of Security Research and Industry at the Commission, told a 12-13 March workshop here organised by DG Enterprise & Industry. The "Security Research Event" took place during Spain's biannual HOMSEC security-defence industry trade fair.

 

"This issue has many implications - for our internal security market and for the strength of our exports in the sector," he said, adding that the Commission has identified three civil security sub-sectors that demand immediate attention: border security, crisis management response capabilities and protection against CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive) threats.

 

"No matter what the security sub-sector in Europe, it is fragmented and we find it difficult to understand why this has to be an obstacle," Marc Chabaud, president of Euralarm, the pan-European association of alarm system manufacturers in Brussels, told the workshop audience. "It takes five-to-six years to get a standard in Europe, but in China they do it in six months!"

 

Noting that the cost of certifying a simple fire alarm system across the 27 EU countries is 30 percent of its final cost, Chabaud said "most of our members are SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] and you can well imagine that they do not have the means to certify and sell outside their national market. This has got to change if we want growth across all the sector."

 

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

 

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a7Chapter News: ASIS UK Chapter Police Charity Night

   

From left to right: ASIS UK Chapter Vice Chairman Graham Bassett, Commissioner Adrian Leppard (City of London Police), ASIS UK Chapter Vice Chairman Mike Hurst, Commander Wayne Chance (City of London Police)    
On 21 March, the ASIS UK Chapter organised another Heroes' Tribute, this time raising money for The Police Dependents' Trust and the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans' Fund.

 

The event hosted by Nomura was organised by Andy Williams, CPP and Crawford Chalmers, CPP who both worked extraordinarily hard to make the event the success it was.

 

The event was sponsored by Global Aware International and Ultimate Security Services, who covered all the catering costs, meaning that the entire ticket price went to the charities. There were also many donations of raffle prizes and items for auction, run by Andy Bignold.

 

The Chapter was delighted to welcome Lord Imbert and Commissioner Leppard from CoLP along with representatives from the charities.

 

The final figure raised is still being determined but it will be in excess of £13,000, which will be split evenly between the two charities.

 

Massive thanks are due to all those who supported or attended the event.

 

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a9Internal Security: What Progress Has Been Made?

Organised crime is still a major challenge for the internal security of the EU. Cybercrime, along with trafficking in human beings and the increase in violent extremism are also major security threats that the EU continues to face, together with money laundering and corruption. These threats are outlined in the Commission's annual report on the implementation of the EU's Internal Security Strategy, released on 10 April. It highlights areas under each of the objectives of the strategy (2011-2014) where Member States and EU agencies should pay particular attention.

 

"One of the major threats to our internal security is organised crime and its detrimental effects on the European economy and the security of the European citizens. To go after the money, to disrupt organised criminal networks and reclaim the proceeds of crime, continues to be a key aim of the EU's strategy", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

 

The second annual report highlights progress in the following areas:

  • The fight against organised crime: For instance, the Commission proposed new rules for more effective and widespread confiscation of funds and other property acquired through crime.
  • Terrorism and radicalisation: As an example of terrorist prevention efforts, the EU has established common rules on the use and marketing of explosive precursors. This new EU legislation ensures that Member States have the same degree of control over these chemicals, preventing terrorists and criminals from taking advantage of legal loopholes.
  • Cybercrime: An important step in the fight against cybercrime was the creation of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol in early 2013.
  • Border management: In December 2011, the Commission presented a legislative proposal for a European Border Surveillance System. Early 2013, the Commission adopted two legislative proposals for an Entry/Exit System (EES) and a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP), also known as the 'Smart Borders Package'.
  • Crisis and disaster management: A proposal for the implementation arrangements for the solidarity clause (Article 222 TFEU) was put forward in December 2012. It will provide a framework for situations of extraordinary threat or damage that overwhelm the response capacities of the affected Member State(s).

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

 

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a10Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2014 in Dubai
The call for presentations for ASIS 2014 is now open. Share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for presentation before 15 July 2013.
  
The ASIS Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, will be held in Dubai, UAE on 16-18 February 2014.

 

Abstracts on all security related topics are welcome. Particular topics of interest are: oil and gas security, offshore security, port security, critical infrastructure protection, supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security and soft targets protection, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues.

 

Commercial presentations will not be selected. Presentation slots are 50 minutes and should include time for Q&A. Only English-language presentations will be accepted.
 
Please click here to submit your abstract or contact the ASIS International EMEA Bureau at: middleeast@asisonline.org if you have any question. 

 

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a5IFSEC International 2013

As the security, fire, IT and data industries become ever more integrated, IFSEC International, one of the world's largest dedicated security events, brings together the entire security buying chain under one roof at the Birmingham NEC in May. Attracting more than 24,000 visitors from over 650 leading solution providers, from 100 countries, IFSEC is the biggest marketplace of its kind. Providing the opportunity to source, compare and test the latest products, while finding out how these can work best across a business.

 

Celebrating its 40th birthday, IFSEC International will cover every area of security and fire, where a host of suppliers, education, advice and experts will be available. The IFSEC show areas include; CCTV & Video Surveillance, Counter Terror, Access Control and Biometrics, Intelligent Buildings, Integrated Security, IP and Networks, Lone Worker and Physical Security.

 

The IFSEC Academy provides access to seven free education theatres allowing attendees to engage in the biggest issues in security from the industry leading lights. Theatres and speakers have now been confirmed who will be involved in the IFSEC Academy, covering issues from counter terror to lone workers, integrated security to IP and networks, intelligent buildings to access control and biometrics, CCTV and video surveillance to physical security.

 

With the chance to gain CPE or CPD points towards professional development, IFSEC International helps to enhance knowledge and solutions around business needs. Keynote speakers will enhance this through the Intelligent Buildings Seminar Theatre, where solutions and systems integration will create opportunities for interoperability and information sharing.

 

2013 IFSEC International features:

 

New for 2013: Intelligent Buildings

Helping to identify the fire, security, IT, data and building management needs of your business, the Intelligent Buildings area will help visitors to discover solutions and innovations to integrate these sectors.

 

New for 2013: IFSEC Speed Networking

Brand new for 2013, IFSEC Speed Networking provides the perfect solution to networking in a busy environment, allowing installers to make the most of their time away from projects, by gaining new business.

 

Taking place on the 13-16 May 2013 at the NEC Birmingham, IFSEC International 2013 is part of UBM's Protection and Management Week. Registration for IFSEC International also gives badge holders access to FIREX International (www.firex.co.uk), the Facilities Show(www.facilitiesshow.com) andSafety & Health Expo(www.safety-health-expo.co.uk).

 

For further information on IFSEC International, Protection & Management Week, or to register for entry into the 2013 event and its co-located shows, please visit www.ifsec.co.uk/asis.

 

Companies interested in exhibiting at IFSEC International should contact Tristan Norman, Group Sales Manager, on 020 7921 8285 or email Tristan.norman@ubm.com.

 
a11Industry and MEPs Grapple Over Data Protection Law

Concerns by industry that the European Parliament's version of the EU data protection bill will fundamentally change how data complaints are handled are unfounded, says the Head of the EU data advisory group, Jacob Kohnstamm.

 

Kohnstamm chairs the influential 'Article 29 Working Group' which advises EU lawmakers on data protection and privacy issues. He is also the head of the Netherlands' data protection authority (DPA).

 

He refuted claims that there are major differences between the draft data protection bill proposed by the European Commission and the amended bill proposed by German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht when it comes to who should spearhead investigations against industry abuse.

 

"I hear the noise over and over again that there is a big difference between the regulation like it is proposed by the European Commission and what Albrecht is doing and I don't think that is true," he said.

 

Each Member State has a data protection authority to handle complaints and ensure industry complies with national privacy laws.

 

Some DPAs have more power than others and are more active in imposing sanctions.

 

Germany's DPA can, for instance, set the amount a company needs to pay if it violates data protection law. But in Ireland, the DPA must first go through the Irish court system. Other DPAs simply issue press releases in a name-and-shame tactic.

 

Source: EU Observer

 

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a12Chapter News: ASIS Poland Chapter Meeting

The ASIS Poland Chapter (282) held a meeting on April 10th at the SASMA offices of Chairman Sebastian Blazkiewicz. The programme featured Radek Havlis, VP International Security, Group Business Security, Deutsche Telekom AG, and RVP for ASIS Region 9F, which covers Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In addition, visiting from ASIS HQ in Virginia, Michael Gips, VP, Strategic Operations, described the development and benefits of ASIS's CSO Roundtable and outlined current strategic initiatives at ASIS.

 
Havlis emphasised the value of obtaining ASIS certifications, highlighting the importance of a distinction that is recognised worldwide in an increasingly globalised world. He also discussed ASIS's relationships in the IT security domain, such as with (ISC)2 and the mutual recognition among ASIS and (ISC)2 of each other's certifications. Focusing on the Central and Eastern European region, he urged the growth of ASIS membership and security professionalisation to make practitioners more knowledgeable and competitive.

 
Gips offered a presentation on the CSO Roundtable, a separate organisation within ASIS consisting of the most senior security executives from the world's largest and most influential corporations, government agencies, and non-profits. He described the global orientation of the group--it now has more than 360 members from over 30 countries, and its 2013 President, Thomas Tidiks, CPP, is from Switzerland. Gips said that the Roundtable offers its own programme track at all ASIS global conferences, and holds its own conferences in such places as Mexico City, Prague, Istanbul, Panama, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro, New York, São Paulo, and Paris.

a13Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS 2013, ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013, ASIS Middle East 2014 and ASIS Europe 2014!

 

  

 

 

 

Does your organisation's strategic plan call for growth in the USA, in Asia-Pacific, in the Middle East, and in Europe? If so, sponsorship of the ASIS Annual Seminar & Exhibits, of the ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition, of the ASIS Middle East Security Forum & Exhibition, and of the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition, offers you a great opportunity to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of your brand, products, and services among key decision makers in these regions. 


Review  and select from an extensive list of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities:

Identify the one that is most in line with your marketing strategy and budget, or contact us to shape a tailored package that best suits your company's needs.

For further information on the Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition and on the European Security Conference & Exhibition, please contact: ASIS International EMEA Bureau - Tel: +32 2 645 26 74 - Fax: +32 2 645 26 71 -
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For further information on the Annual Seminar & Exhibits, please click here to contact ASIS International Headquarters.   

For further information on the Asia-Pacific Conference & Exhibition, please contact: ASIS International Asia-Pacific Bureau - Tel: +32 2 645 26 74 - Fax: +32 2 645 26 71 -asiapacific@asisonline.org

   

a14EU Agency ENISA: Internet Service Providers Fail to Apply Filters Against Big Cyber Attacks

In its analysis of a recent massive cyber-attack, EU cyber-security agency ENISA points out on 12 April that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have failed to apply well-known security measures which have been available for over a decade.

 

This error is as a key factor behind the failure to counter major cyber-attacks, the Agency underlines in its information Flash Note, 'Can Recent Cyber Attacks Really Threaten Internet Availability?'

 

The Flash Note focuses on the large-scale cyber-attack that was mounted in March against the Non-Profit Organisation Spamhaus, which is based in Geneva and London. The digital assault caused noticeable delays for internet users, primarily in the UK, Germany and other parts of Western Europe.According toonline media, the attack on Spamhaus, starting on 16th March, was the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in internet history. DDoS attacks work by "overloading" a site's ability to cope with incoming traffic. The attack on Spamhaus lasted more than one week. In its final phase, the enormous amount of traffic generated caused problems at the London Internet Exchange.

 

ENISA underlines that the technique used for the DDoS attack is by no means new. Yet, even today, many network providers do not use a set of recommendations, known as Best Current Practice 38 (BCP38), which have been around for almost 13 years. A similar set of recommendations for DNS server operators (BCP140, published in 2008) would have reduced the number of servers that can be misused for DNS amplification attacks. If these recommendations had been implemented by all operators, traffic filtering would block such attacks.

 

There are, says ENISA, a number of lessons that can be learned from the attack, including:

  • Attacks are increasing in size. The March 2013 attack on Spamhaus reached a size of more than 300 Gigabits of data per second while the biggest reported DDoS attack in 2012 was at 100 Gigabits of data per second.
  • Size matters. At this size of attack, even commercial internet exchange points, which normally have very high capacity infrastructure, can be compromised.

The Agency makes three technical recommendations:

  • Relevant service operators should implement BCP38
  • Operators of DNS servers should check whether their servers can be misused, and should implement BCP 140
  • Internet exchange point operators should ensure they are protected against direct attacks.

Source: ENISA 

 
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a15ASIS: Utilities Security Council Releases Two White Papers  

The Utilities Security Council kicked off 2013 with the release of two new white papers, Metal Theft: A 21st Century Plague and Intelligence Networks: Partnerships in Complex Utility Security Risk Management. Both are available to members as a free download on the Council's webpage.

 

Theft of metals, in particular, theft of copper in the form of wiring, grounding cables, and other copper materials is a serious problem for most utilities in that the theft not only creates a basic level security problem associated with forced entry, vandalism, and other property destruction; it creates unsafe conditions for workers and members of the public. It places the electricity grid, communications media, and other public safety systems at severe risk. The simple theft of metals has resulted in a number of deaths. Continued disruption of services adds significant costs to the millions of dollars already lost to North America's utilities operations. On a global level, this problem is magnified. Metal Theft: A 21st Century Plague explores the overall problem of metal theft from a solutions perspective, and offers advice based on the work already done by many utilities.

 

Utilities are typically well-versed in protection principles related to asset protection and emergency management practices. And even though there is concern over cyber security protection practices, these too are becoming more manageable by applying existing and developing standards in addition to regulatory requirements. There is however, a level of threat that exceeds the ability and resources of solely the utility to manage. Intelligence Networks: Partnerships in Complex Utility Security Risk Management examines the current frameworks in place for information and intelligence sharing within the utilities sector. The purpose of this white paper is to provide a basis of discussion for intelligence collaboration and to emphasize the utilities need for developing it.

a16Olaf Chief Rejects Calls to Quit Over Dalligate

Giovanni Kessler, the Olaf's Director General, has faced demands to stand down over alleged irregularities in Olaf's inquiry into the so-called 'Dalligate' case.

It has been alleged that Olaf prompted Swedish Match, the company at the centre of the scandal, to make false statements before Parliament.

It was claimed by former MEP Herbert Bosch, a member of Olaf's supervisory committee, that Kessler had known about "severe breaches" in the agency's probe into John Dalli, the former EU Health Commissioner who stood down late last year for his alleged role in an attempt to alter the tobacco products directive in exchange for cash.

Dalli rejects knowledge of any attempted bribe and a judicial inquiry into the case is continuing in his native Malta.

Responding to calls from EPP Deputy Ingeborg Gräßle to quit, Kessler said, "I have absolutely no intention of resigning."

He also launched an attack on Olaf's accusers, saying, "The accusations which have been made against Olaf are false and totally unfounded. Olaf is an independent agency. It is transparent and bound by the rule of law and these allegations can be easily countered if necessary."

In another twist to the long-running saga, Parliament's President Martin Schulz has condemned the intervention of Bosch who raised his concerns about Olaf at a recent meeting of the committee on budgetary control.

 

Source: Theparliament.com

 

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a17Google's Collision Course with Member States

European Union regulators have taken their first step to making good on their recent threat to take "repressive action" against Google by summer.

 

Following last month's final meeting between Google and European regulators at which "no change" in Google's attitude was seen, at least five European countries have begun their own investigations into Google's global privacy policy, promising coordinated enforcement action by summer.

 

In a significant revision of its global privacy policy, Google early last year asserted the right to expand its data mining activities to combine personal data of its users across all of an individual's accounts and services, including: gmail; Internet searching; map and location information; and photo sharing, with no ability for individuals to opt out.

 

The EU's main privacy regulatory body, the "Article 29" Working Group, voiced concern about the increased threat to EU citizens posed by Google's sweeping 2012 privacy policy change almost immediately after it was announced.

 

Even before the policy went into effect, the Working Group, comprised of EU member country Data Protection Authorities ("DPAs"), publicly urged Google to delay putting the policy into effect until the Working Group could carefully review it. Google refused to delay implementation of the policy and, at the request of the Working Group, the French national DPA, the CNIL, took the lead in investigating Google's new policy.

 

In late February 2012, the CNIL made a preliminary finding that Google's policy violated the key EU privacy law, the Data Protection Directive ((Directive 95/46/EC, the "DPD"). The CNIL then sent Google several letters of inquiry and asked them not to implement the policy. Google responded to the CNIL's questions but implemented the new policy over the CNIL's objections and, at least in the CNIL's opinion, failed to fully and sufficiently provide the requested information.

 

Source: EU Observer

 

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a18Boosting the Role of Europol

The European Commission is proposing to make the EU law enforcement Agency (Europol) more effective at collecting information, analysing it and sharing these analyses with the Member States. This will let Europol provide more concrete and targeted support to the national law enforcement authorities in their cross-border cooperation and investigations. At the same time, the proposal increases Europol's accountability to the European Parliament and the national Parliaments and strengthens the protection of personal data.

 

The new Regulation also reinforces the link between training and support to operational cooperation, by merging the European Police College (Cepol) within Europol and by making Europol responsible for joint training and exchange programmes for police and other law enforcement personnel.

 

"The EU needs an effective and cost-efficient agency to help Member States fight serious cross-border crime and terrorism, ensuring the safety and security of citizens and protecting the licit economy. Our proposals aim to enhance Europol's role as a European law enforcement agency, to reinforce personal data protection and increase Europol's accountability to the European Parliament and national Parliaments and to ensure the quality and coherence of the training offered to frontline officers", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

 

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Home Affairs

 

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a19Global Credit Card Fraud Network Dismantled

44 members of a global credit card fraud network have been arrested in a joint operation coordinated by the Romanian Cybercrime Unit in Romania, in close cooperation with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). The international operation, 'Pandora-Storm', succeeded with the apprehension of the organised crime group members involved in sophisticated manipulations of POS (point of sale) terminals in big shopping centres across Europe and also on-line fraud. During the operation 2 illegal workshops for producing devices and software to manipulate POS terminals were dismantled. Illegal electronic equipment, financial data, cloned cards, and cash were seized during 82 house searches in Romania and United Kingdom. More than 400 police officers were involved in this international operation.

 

The organised crime group has affected approximately 36.000 bank/credit card holders in 16 European countries. The group's modus operandi involved sophisticated methods of stealing people's credit and debit card numbers and PIN codes by implanting card reading devices and malicious software on POS terminals. Such crimes pose a huge threat as within a short period of time, thousands of customers across Europe can be victims of fraud. The criminals used counterfeit payment cards with stolen data for further illegal transactions mainly in Argentina, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and USA. The members of the group are also responsible for setting up a sophisticated criminal network for on-line fraud.

 

The investigation was run by the Romanian Cybercrime Unit and a specialised Organised Crime Division of the Prosecutor's Office (DIICOT) together with valuable support from 20 different law enforcement agencies from Europe, America and Australia. Europol's EC3 facilitated co-operation with European and overseas states. 28 analytical reports were prepared and several operational meetings for prosecutors and investigators from 20 countries were organised by Europol prior to the raid. The coordinated approach of the police and judicial authorities on the international level was crucial to properly tackle and investigate this huge criminal network involved in misuse of the European card data overseas.

 

Source: Europol

 

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a20European Commission Welcomes European Parliament's Vote to Extend Mandate of ENISA and Strengthen EU Cybersecurity

The European Commission welcomes the vote of the European Parliament in a plenary session on 16 April to extend the mandate of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

Today's vote (626 for, 45 against) is the conclusion of lengthy political discussions between Council and the European Parliament. A political agreement was reached at the end of January 2013, and EU Ministers formally endorsed the Regulation on 8 February. The new Regulation grants ENISA a new 7 year mandate. This is particularly significant given the important role the agency will play in the implementation of the EU Cybersecurity Strategy adopted by the European Commission in January.

 

ENISA will retain its seat in Heraklion, Crete, but will also have a branch office in Athens which brings it closer to its stakeholders and makes the agency more efficient.

 

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said: "Today's vote offers a new start for a new Enisa: with expanded tasks, a more agile and efficient organization and governance. This will help secure European networks and information systems, in line with our cybersecurity strategy."

 

ENISA was established in 2004 and started its operations in Crete in 2005. Today, the agency is well established and offers a unique portfolio of cybersecurity services including organising Europe-wide cybersecurity exercises, assisting in the set-up of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), providing independent analysis of cyber threats, statutory reporting and analysis of major cyber incidents in Europe and advising the private sector on secure business models for IT.

 

Source: European Commission - DG Connect

 

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a21New EU Training Centre to Combat Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials  

The European Commission has launched on 18 April a new European nuclear security training centre (EUSECTRA) in Karlsruhe. The training centre will instruct front-line officers, trainers and experts on how to detect and respond to illicit trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive materials. EUSECTRA offers hands-on training using a wide variety of radioactive and nuclear materials and a broad selection of equipment and measurement instruments. Indoors, one of the training areas simulates airport conditions, equipped with a pedestrian portal monitor and an x-ray conveyor. Outdoors, training is provided on a variety of scenarios, providing 4 different types of radiation portal monitors. Overall, more than 30 measurement and detection tools are used in training. The centre enhances the European Commission's Joint Research Centre's (JRC) training activities carried out in this field at the Karlsruhe and Ispra sites.

 

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "Nuclear security is a major global challenge in the 21st century. Training and international cooperation in detection are key elements in our response to the threat of illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials. This new training centre is contributing at the cutting edge of research and technology in this field."

 

"This training centre will make emergency personnel much better equipped to prevent and tackle nuclear incidents. Rare as they are, such incidents may have terrible consequences. EUSECTRA will not only help to protect European citizens but will also serve as a point of reference for other organisations in this field", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.

 

Located at the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) premises, the training centre was set up in the framework of the EU chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) action plan adopted by the European Council in 2009. The training programmes were developed in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the US Department of Energy. Representatives from these organisations also took part in the inauguration.

 

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Home Affairs

 

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a22Combating Firearms Trafficking: Commission Proposes Ratification of UN Protocol and Further Action

The EU is ready to ratify the UN firearms protocol following the adoption of new rules on sale, possession and transfers of firearms both within and outside Europe. On 22 March, the European Commission presents a proposal to that end, while stressing the need for further action.

 

The purpose of the UN firearms protocol is to strengthen cooperation against illicit manufacturing and trafficking of small arms, such as handguns and pistols.This trade generates around €180 million per year for organised crime around the globe.

 

"Illicit trafficking in firearms represents a growing threat to the security of the European citizens and a lucrative business for organised gangs. We need to strengthen the control of firearms entering, circulating within and leaving the EU in order to prevent their misuse. The conclusion of the UN firearms protocol confirms the EU's commitment to protect citizens against the risk of gun violence in the EU and beyond" said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström.

 

The text of the Protocol contains provisions to:

  • Maintain detailed records on the import, export and in-transit movements of firearms;
  • Adopt an international system for marking firearms at the time of manufacture and each time they are imported;
  • Establish a harmonised licensing system governing the import, export, in-transit movement and re-export of firearms;
  • Prevent the theft, loss or diversion of firearms through the strengthening of export controls, export points and border controls;
  • Exchange information regarding authorised producers, dealers, importers and exporters, the routes used by illicit traffickers, best practice in combating trafficking in order to enhance states' ability to prevent, detect and investigate illicit trafficking in firearms

Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for Home Affairs

 

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a23Global Agenda

8-9 May 2013 - ASIS 23rd New York Security Conference & Expo - New York, USA
 

13-16 May 2013 - IFSEC International 2013 - Birmingham, UK


24-27 September 2013 - ASIS 59th Annual Seminar & Exhibits - Chicago, USA

 

3-5 December 2013 - ASIS 7th Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition - Macau, China

Super Saver Week: Get ready to register on 1-7 July 2013 to benefit from a discount!

 

16-18 February 2014 - ASIS 5th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition - Dubai, UAE 

1-3 April 2014 - ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition - The Hague, The Netherlands

 

 

a24Professional Development

Webinars

2 May: Security Assessments: Finding the Weakest Link

 

15 May: CPTED for the Modern Security Professional

 

22 May: FREE - Security Operations - From Convergence to Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualisation

 

e-Learning

 

This month highlighting: Traveler's Safety and Security Training and Strike Preparation and Contingency Planning: A Complete Management Guide.

 

Classroom Programmes

 

2013 at a glance.

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