98th Edition - February 2013

2013 Membership Renewal Extended to 15 March!

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In This Issue 

Only a Few Days Left to Register for ASIS Europe 2013 at the Discounted Rate


ASIS Middle East 2013 Draws Record Attendance


Be a Speaker at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 in Macau


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


Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter - 1st annualChapter Meeting - 13 February 2013 - Vienna, Austria


Companies Must Report Cyber Attacks, EU Says


Chapter News: ASIS UK Chapter Winner of the Newsletter of the Year Award


Sharpening Our Tools Against Violent Extremism


MEPs Vote Against EU-Wide Fines for Online Privacy Breaches


Single European Patent Officially Signed


Europol Supports Investigation Into Terrorist Attack at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria


Merger of EU Police Agencies Draws Opposition


Largest Cyber Security Exercise "Cyber Europe 2012'' Report Published in 23 Languages 


EU Proposes €5mn Fines for Money Laundering


EU and Israel Research Crime-Stopping Drones


ECB Releases Final Recommendations for the Security of Internet Payments and Starts Public Consultation on Payment Account Access Services


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a1Only a Few Days Left to Register for ASIS Europe 2013 at the Discounted Rate

Book your ticket now for ASIS Europe 2013 and join around 500 senior security professionals that will gather on the occasion of the event.


The early bird discounted rates for ASIS Europe 2013 expire on 15 March 2013


The ASIS 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition, will be held on 14-16 April 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. 


Speakers will include:


Keynote Speaker - Fadel Soliman, Director of the Bridges Foundation (Egypt) - Demystifying the concept of Jihad - how to separate Jihad and terrorism 

Fadel Soliman is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars who received his master's degree in Shariah in 2008. Besides being an electronics engineer Fadel is an international speaker, orator, and presenter of Islam. He has presented to more than 60,000 people all over the world in churches, universities, and governmental departments, including the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as at international events, such as the Frankfurt International Book Fair in 2004. 


Fadel trained over 13,000 Muslim youths on how to present and refute misconceptions about Islam through the Bridges Foundation's workshops in more than 17 countries.


Fadel founded the Bridges Foundation in 2005, an international organisation specialising in introducing the reality about Islam to non-Muslims, and training Muslim public speakers and presenters. Bridges videos - in which Soliman debates the arguments of extremists in English and Arabic - helped in the de-radicalisation of many Muslim youths. Over 200,000 DVDs of his films were distributed around the world by Muslim organisations in an attempt to combat  Islamophobia.  


Keynote Speaker - Anders Groenli, Senior Security and Risk Consultant, Arup (UK) - The Oslo 22 July Terrorist Attack and Impact on Current Security Thinking



Anders Groenli works on threat assessments and security strategies for clients worldwide. Since 2010 hehas also headed the development of threat definitions and attack scenarios for the European Union FP7 research

project SPIRIT (Safety and Protection of built Infrastructure to Resist Integral Threats). He formerly worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a policy adviser in the Norwegian Parliament and as a project manager for the European Commission. Anders has an MSc in Global Security from Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, and a BA in Organisational Psychology and Political Science from the University of Oslo. In 2009 he received the Imbert prize "for the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK".


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  4. Get motivated by new ideas and information.
  5. Form new partnerships and reconnect with familiar faces in the industry.
  6. Get social and join discussions on the event on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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a2ASIS Middle East 2013 Draws Record Attendance


ASIS International held its 4th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition on 17-19 February 2013 at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. ASIS Middle East 2013 took place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The event gathered a record attendance of 533 senior security professionals from 40 countries, which represents a 27% increase compared to the 2012 event.

On Sunday 17 February, the programme started with a workshop on Emerging Markets for Private Security Companies followed by a welcome drink in the exhibition area.



His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates


On 18 February, the exhibition was officially opened by the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori.


The conference kicked off with the presentation of Amin H. Nasser, Senior Vice President, Upstream of Saudi Aramco at the opening plenary session. During the opening session His Excellency Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police graciously accepted the honorary chairmanship of the conference.


On the second day, Prof. Dr. Leonard Yong, Senior Consultant of EuroMaTech Training & Management Consultancy provided a keynote presentation on Emotional Intelligence.



Prof. Dr. Leonard Yong


The conference was closed by Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan, Professor of Security and Risk of Edith Cowan University who presented the need and challenges of professionalising security in the current environment.


The conference also featured 33 high-level educational sessions provided by high-level speakers that included Massimiliano Montanari, Director of International Cooperation and External Relations of the International Centre For Sport Security (Qatar) on Major Sporting Events as Laboratories to Enhance Multisectoral Cooperation for the Protection of Soft-Targets, Steve Chupa, CPP, Director, Global Security of Johnson & Johnson (USA) on Supply Chain Security - Protecting the Essence of a Company, as well as retired US Coastguard Chief Kenneth R. Lukins on The Protection of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations.


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 42 sponsors, exhibitors, media and supporting organisations presented their products and services to security professionals.


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a3Be a Speaker at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 in Macau

You have spent years honing your skills as a security professional. Now share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for presentation at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 before 19 April 2013.


The ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition, will be held in Macau, China on 3-5 December 2013.


Abstracts on all security related topics are welcome. Particular topics of interest are: 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 and convergence, 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 APAC Bureau at: asiapacific@asisonline.org if you have any question.


a4Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS Europe 2013, ASIS 2013, ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013 and ASIS Middle East 2014!






Does your organisation's strategic plan call for growth in Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific and in the Middle East? If so, sponsorship of the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition, of the ASIS Annual Seminar & Exhibits, of the ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition, and of the ASIS Middle East Security Forum & 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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a5Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter - 1st annual Chapter Meeting - 13 February 2013 - Vienna, Austria

Dr. Kienzl, Deputy Director of the Umweltbundesamt

The first meeting of the ASIS Austria Chapter was held upon the invitation of the Umweltbundesamt in its premises in Vienna and was attended by 6 members of ASIS as well as 2 guests.


The group was greeted by the Deputy Director of the Umweltbundesamt Dr. Kienzl. Mr. Kienzl gave a brief rundown about the ownership, tasks and work the Umweltbundesamt is performing. Due to certain processes within the European Union, the Umweltbundesamt is fully owned by the Republic of Austria.


Part of the financing is covered by the Austrian Government but a certain percentage must be earned by the entity itself. For instance, the Umweltbundesamt has its own IT-development department, produces an environment-related software and sales it. Other tasks include the participation as experts in the assessment of EU missions.


After this introduction, DI Hohenblum presented his paper on "water security - protecting the water critical infrastructure". Mr. Hohenblum gave an overview about the situation of drinking water in Austria. The country has a total of 14 large water suppliers. They supply about 50 % of the drinking water for the population. In total, Austria has about 5400 water suppliers, some of them serving small local communities in remote areas. The average daily water consumption per capita is around 130 liters / day. Only about 3 % of this amount is used for drinking and / or cooking purposes.


The quality of drinking water is monitored by remote sensors. Sophisticated analytical approaches are needed to recognise changes in water quality within a short time-span. There is of course a concept in place to combat any manipulation of the drinking water at an early stage. Further to that, a guideline on how to prepare for a crisis in connection with drinking water has been prepared.


The Umweltbundesamt has provided assistance and transferred its knowledge to eastern countries such as Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and even Turkey and Egypt.


After the presentation, the Chapter Chairman briefed the assistance on ongoing activities such as the upcoming ASIS Europe 2013 and the work of the ASIS Councils.


For further details on these activities delegates were urged to visit the newly designed ASIS website.


By Werner Preining, CPP

Chairman, ASIS Austria Chapter


a6Companies Must Report Cyber Attacks, EU Says

EU Observer reported that large EU-based companies will have to disclose major cyber-attacks to designated national authorities, under new legislative rules proposed by the European Commission on 7 February.


"Under our proposal, sectors using telecoms networks in ways vital to our economy and society would have to manage risks and report significant incidents," EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes told.


Speaking alongside EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, Kroes said companies dealing with energy, transport, banking, healthcare and Internet fall under the Directive.


The scope reaches just over 40,000 firms in the EU. Hardware manufacturers and software developers are exempt.


Member States will need to come up with plans to better manage risks. They will also need to create a so-called cooperation network to pool and share knowledge with other Member States and the Commission.


The Directive also calls for Computer Emergency Response Teams (Certs) to handle incidents.


Source: EU Observer


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a7Chapter News: ASIS UK Chapter Winner of the Newsletter of the Year Award


The ASIS UK Chapter produces a quarterly 16 pages Newsletter which goes out in hard-copy to the almost 800 Chapter members plus the 7,000 readers of RISK UK magazine. The Newsletter won the 2013 Newsletter of the Year Award in Group 7, the largest chapters globally.


"As Newsletter Editor and Chapter Vice Chairman, I would like to thank all those who had contributed to the Newsletter over the last year. This is the fifth time in 10 years  that the ASIS UK Newsletter has won an award and we are all delighted that the quality of the publication has  been recognised by our peers." said Mike Hurst.


The Newsletter is an important communication tool for the Chapter and helps  us promote the benefits of ASIS membership and the value of the Board Certified educational qualifications. It contains a mix of information on ASIS certification and events, news from partner organisations and thought-leadership articles on a range of security issues. It is supported by sponsors and advertisers.


By Graham Bassett,

ASIS UK Chapter, Vice Chairman

a8Sharpening Our Tools Against Violent Extremism

How to sharpen Europe's tools to prevent violent extremism? A conference in Brussels on 28 and 29 January aimed at giving the answers to these questions, based on the work carried out by experts and practitioners in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), launched by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.


Policy proposals include training local police to detect signs of radicalisation into violent extremism, and providing de-radicalisation or exit programmes for members of extremist groups. By bringing together field workers with Ministers, academia and local authorities, the conference aimed at taking the EU's work against extremism to a new level.


"Violent extremism represents a big threat to EU citizens' security. The terrorist threat has in part shifted away from organised groups to individuals, who are harder to detect, and whose actions are harder to predict. A lot can be learnt from front line professionals and their recommendations provide important tools and concrete suggestions for policy makers," said Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.


"We will not defeat violent extremism without also addressing the populist and demagogic propaganda which lays the ground for ideologically motivated violence in Europe," added Commissioner Malmström. "Not since World War II have extremist and populist forces had so much influence on national parliaments as they have today. We need more European leaders to express their opposition to rising extremism. We must have the courage to stand up and protect our common European values".


The people best placed to tackle the phenomenon of violent extremism are those in direct contact with vulnerable individuals or groups. All over Europe there are field workers, researchers, teachers and community leaders who are trying to identify and help individuals who are at risk of becoming radicalized and committing violent acts. At the high-level conference, these field workers joined forces with the Interior or Justice Ministers of Belgium, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway and Sweden, as well as representatives from a range of other countries.


The 15 proposals  discussed at the conference included helping victims of terrorism sharing their stories as a power tool for prevention; engaging former extremists to deconstruct violent extremist narratives and using resources from public-relations companies and film industry in developing counter-narratives and help promoting effective alternative messages online.


Source: European Commission - Directorate General for Home Affairs.


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a9 MEPs Vote Against EU-Wide Fines for Online Privacy Breaches

European Parliament lawmakers voted on 20 February against mandatory fines of up to 2% of global turnover for companies caught breaching consumer privacy, potentially limiting the impact of new data protection rules on the internet, Euractiv reported.


The Parliament's industry committee, which includes Liberal, Conservative and Socialist lawmakers, opted instead to allow national regulators to determine the size of fines.


In practice, maximum fines in the European Union currently only range from €300,000 to €600,000.


The proposed Data Privacy Legislation, first presented in January 2012, is due to go to a vote in the Parliament later this year.


Consumer groups said the committee vote would probably mean lower penalties for companies relying on unfettered access to clients' data which are caught breaking rules.


They said the committee also backed down from proposals which would have required customers to give their consent before companies can target them with advertising chosen according to their internet browsing habits.


Source: Euractiv


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a10Single European Patent Officially Signed

After 40 years, one of the longest negotiations in the trading bloc's history, the European Union on 19 February formally signed on a new unitary patent for 24 participating Member States.


The current system made patent registration up to 60 times more expensive in Europe than in China and will now be binned in favour of a one-size-fits-all pan-European process.


But Spain and Italy refused to join the scheme because of language concerns.


Speaking on the eve of the formal adoption, Michel Barnier, the EU's Internal Market Commissioner, said: "Costs will be reduced by over 80%. In the history of European integration there have not been many steps forward of such significance, in such an important area. This will be a major boost to competitiveness."


Signing off on a plan first considered in 1973, 24 of the EU's 27 Industry Ministers meeting at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels put their names on the agreement to allow inventors to register their idea with one EU Agency.


Under the previous system, patents had to be registered separately in individual EU countries.


Italy signed the agreement, even though it has said it will not use the unitary patent. Italy and Spain - which did not sign - believe the new patent system does not give due recognition to their languages.


Bulgaria refrained from signing until certain domestic administrative matters are resolved. Poland also decided not to sign the agreement due to the potential negative impact of the unitary patent to its economy - though it has not ruled out joining up in the future.


The European Parliament approved the patent last December in Strasbourg, so the agreement will enter into force once 13 countries have ratified it.


Source: Euractiv


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a11Europol Supports Investigation Into Terrorist Attack at Burgas Airport, Bulgaria

On 5 February, Bulgarian authorities reported on their investigation into a bomb explosion that took place outside Burgas airport on 18 July 2012. Five Israeli tourists were killed in the attack, as well as the Bulgarian driver of the bus and the alleged perpetrator. Europol is pleased to confirm details of its substantial contribution to the investigation.


The Bulgarian authorities requested Europol's assistance in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. A Europol bomb-scene investigator, with access to a European network of similar experts and the European Bomb Database System hosted by Europol, attended the scene the following morning to assist with the forensic examination. Further support was provided at the scene by Europol's forensic document examiners, and by a team of experts based at the agency's headquarters in The Hague. This generated significant investigative leads, enabling the Bulgarian authorities to make rapid progress in this case.


Early assumptions in the investigation were that the attack was the work of a suicide bomber. But analysis of the bomb scene evidence by the Europol expert, including shrapnel from the improvised explosive device (IED), proved otherwise. It confirmed that the device had been remotely detonated and strongly suggested, therefore, that more than one person was responsible for the attack.  

Meanwhile, forensic and technical examination of identity documents linked to the investigation led Europol to establish that a US driving license recovered at the crime scene and another recovered elsewhere in Bulgaria were both counterfeits from the same source, located in Lebanon. This discovery was of major importance to the investigation.


Source: Europol


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a12Merger of EU Police Agencies Draws Opposition

The European Commission may consider a recommendation to merge the European Police College, Cepol in the UK, with the EU Police Agency Europol in The Hague.


The Commission's Spokesperson for Home Affairs Michele Cercone told on 18 February that "the issue is currently being evaluated" but would not disclose further detail.


The merger idea was floated late January when Europol Chief Rob Wainwright told UK Ministers the Commission's proposal, scheduled to be tabled sometime in March, was already meeting resistance from some euro-deputies.


"At the moment the relevant committee in the European Parliament has so far expressed a relatively hostile opinion to that possibility," said Wainwright on 29 January at a House of Lords committee hearing.


Wainwright said the merger proposal is part of a larger Commission Regulation that "will modernise some of our capabilities to receive and exchange information."


Source: EU Observer 


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a13Largest Cyber Security Exercise "Cyber Europe 2012'' Report Published in 23 Languages

ENISA has published the new report of the largest ever pan-Europe cyber security exercise, Cyber Europe 2012, which is available in 23 languages. Almost 600 individual players participated, including actors from the private sector (financial, telecom and Internet), for the first time. The conclusion: for fast and effective response to cyber incidents, knowledge of procedures and information flows is crucial.


The scope, scale and complexity of "Cyber Europe 2012" in figures:

  • Twenty-nine EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) Member States were involved in the exercise; twenty-five as active players and four as observers. In addition, several EU-Institutions also participated.
  • Overall, 339 organisations took part, totalling 571 individual players being exposed to thousands of incidents ('injects'). They included: cyber-security agencies and organisations, relevant Ministries, e-government services, financial institutions (60), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (60), and telecommunication operators.

 Key Findings (excerpts) 

  • Knowledge of procedures and information flows is crucial for fast and effective response
  • Frequent cooperation and information exchange between public and private players is necessary
  • Public-private cooperation structures differ among countries. Parallel, and sometimes overlapping, public and private procedures on the national level thus challenged national level cooperation
  • Countries faced challenges in crisis management decision making, although this was not included in the exercise objectives (e.g., decisions have to be taken at more strategic levels)
  • Scalability of operational procedures was a challenge, due to the large number of countries
  • Up-to-date technical infrastructures and tools were critical for effective cooperation
  • Efficient planning is crucial for conducting large-scale exercises

Key recommendations

  • More pan-European and national cyber exercises are necessary to improve cross country cyber crisis cooperation
  • EU Member States and EFTA countries should improve the effectiveness, scalability, and knowledge of existing mechanisms, procedures and information flows for both national and international cooperation
  • More training in crisis procedures is necessary for all cyber-crisis stakeholders
  • Increased private sector involvement at the national level should be considered for future exercises
  • Input from other European critical sectors (e.g. energy, transportation) is a good next step.

Source: ENISA


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a14EU Proposes €5mn Fines for Money Laundering

EU Observer reported that the European Commission has proposed on 5 February that individual staff should be fined up to €5 million and firms, such as banks, should be fined 10 percent of turnover if they flout anti-money-laundering rules.


The Commission's communique noted that the criminal practice, worth up to €1.2 trillion a year worldwide, creates "high risk ... to the stability of the financial system."


Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, added that it helps people who peddle drugs and guns or who shut up women in brothels to enjoy respectability and luxury lifestyles. "Dirty money has no place in our economy," she said.


Other proposed sanctions against rule flouters include withdrawal of bank licences if a bank is involved, banning executives from holding board seats and public naming and shaming.


The new bill says every company must hold reliable information on the identity of its ultimate owner and to divulge it when asked by investigators.


It says traders in "high value goods," such as diamonds or furs, should make background checks on clients who hand over €7,500 or more in cash and to report suspicious transactions.


Source: EU Observer 


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a15EU and Israel Research Crime-Stopping Drones

The EU and a large Israeli military contractor are co-funding research to build drones that can stop moving boats and cars.


Launched in January, the three-year-long Aeroceptor project, according to its own literature, aims to help law enforcement authorities to stop "non-cooperative vehicles in both land and sea scenarios by means of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles."


Israel's Ministry of Public Security, global weapons manufacturer Israel Aerospace Industries and Israeli-based Rotem Technological Solutions are among the list of 12 participants, most of which are based in the EU.


German Green MEP Ska Keller told that the Aeroceptor projector is a first in the EU because previously EU drones were developed only for surveillance and not for interception.


The Aeroceptor project received just over €4.8 million in total funding, with the European Commission pitching in €3.5 million.


 Source: EU Observer 


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a16ECB Releases Final Recommendations for the Security of Internet Payments and Starts Public Consultation on Payment Account Access Services

The European Central Bank (ECB) released on 31 January a comprehensive set of "Recommendations for the security of internet payments", following a two-month public consultation carried out in 2012. The Recommendations represent the first achievement of the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments (SecuRe Pay), a voluntary cooperative initiative between relevant authorities from the European Economic Area (EEA) - supervisors of payment service providers and overseers in particular - formed with the objective of facilitating common knowledge and understanding of issues related to the security of electronic retail payment services and instruments and, where necessary, issuing recommendations.


Comments from 17 European Union countries were received during the public consultation. The resulting harmonised, minimum security recommendations constitute an important set of guidelines in the fight against payment fraud and aim to increase consumer trust in internet payment services. The core recommendation is that the initiation of internet payments as well as access to sensitive payment data should be protected by strong customer authentication to ensure that it is a rightful user, and not a fraudster, initiating a payment.


The main recommendations include:

  • to protect the initiation of internet payments, as well as access to sensitive payment data, by strong customer authentication;
  • limit the number of log-in or authentication attempts, define rules for internet payment services session "time out" and set time limits for the validity of authentication;
  • establish transaction monitoring mechanisms designed to prevent, detect and block fraudulent payment transactions;
  • implement multiple layers of security defences in order to mitigate identified risks;
  • provide assistance and guidance to customers about best online security practices, set up alerts and provide tools to help customers monitor transactions.

Source: European Central Bank (ECB)


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a17Global Agenda

14-16 April 2013 - ASIS 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition - Gothenburg, Sweden

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

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


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


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

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