94th Edition - October 2012

In This Issue 

University of Hong Kong Political Scientist to Keynote at ASIS Asia Pacific 2012


Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter Meeting - 5 September 2012 - Vienna, Austria


Register Now for ASIS Middle East 2013!


Chapter News: ASIS Benelux Chapter Fall Meeting as a Roadmap


Workplace IT: ENISA Sees Opportunities and Risks in "Bring Your Own Device" Trend


Student Writing Competition - 2012 International Call for Papers (Submission Due Date: 14 December 2012)


Monet and Picasso Among Works Stolen from Dutch Museum


Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2012, ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!


US to EU: Data Laws Could "Cripple" Law Enforcement


Chapter News: ASIS Polish Chapter to Celebrate its Establishment at the 4th SASMA Business Security Conference - 25-26 October 2012 - Warsaw, Poland


UK to Turn Back the Clock on EU Police Co-Operation


Highlights from ASIS 2012


EU Health Commissioner Resigns Over Anti-Fraud Case


Europe Joins Forces in Massive Cyber Attacks Simulation


Google Privacy Policy Breaks Law, EU Data Chiefs Say


EU Holds Off China Telecoms Trade Probe Amid US 'Cyber-Espionage' Claims 


Resilience Lead Auditor Certification - 17-21 December 2012 - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands


MEP Calls for "EU-Wide Approach" to Tackling Organised Crime


Olaf Chief Condemned for "Failing to Fight" EU Fraud


Get Engaged in ASIS Women in Security and Young Professionals Groups


Winter SASIG Meeting: "Security - Why Should Anyone Listen to Us?" - 30th October 2012


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a1University of Hong Kong Political Scientist to Keynote at ASIS Asia Pacific 2012


Dr. Richard Weixing Hu, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong will be the opening keynote speaker at the ASIS 6th Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition. He will speak about China and the Changing Security Environment in the Asia-Pacific. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong on 3-5 December 2012.


Dr. Hu's teaching and research interests focus on international politics, international political economy, East Asian international relations, China's foreign relations, and international security. Currently, he is working on research projects concerning Sino-US relations, China and East Asian regionalism, and transnational linkages across the Taiwan Strait.


He received his undergraduate degree in international politics from the Peking University, M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland in the U.S.A.


Dr. Hu was a recipient of the John M. Olin Fellowship from Harvard University in 1991, and an IGCC Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of California, San Diego in 1992. He taught five years in the U.S.A. before joining the HKU staff in 1997.


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a2Chapter News: ASIS Austria Chapter Meeting - 5 September 2012 - Vienna, Austria


The meeting took place on 5 September 2012 in the premises of Securitas in Vienna, Austria and was attended by 11 members.


It started with administrative issues such as a reminder about the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar & Exhibits, the ASIS 6th Asia Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition and the ASIS 4th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition.


The next Chapter meeting will take place on 22 November 2012 at the Theater Salon Hollmann in Vienna was also mentioned.


The Standards Committee of ASIS which is very active was also addressed. Several new standards, such as the Private Security Standard, have been published. Attendees have been reminded that as members of ASIS, they are entitled to download one copy of every newly created standard without charge.  


After these administrative issues have been addressed, Johann Laub of Securitas gave a presentation entitled "Private Security Securing Critical Infrastructure"on behalf of Mr. Wiesinger, the General Manager of the company. The presentation was based upon statistical material and proper experience of Securitas, Norway, gathered during several years of securing gas & oil installation in Norway.


While counter-terrorism intelligence is the work of special police units, providing property- and plant security, counseling, preparing concepts, designing installations and operations of electronic security systems are part of the work of private security firms. But this also includes handling access control, reception services, or training emergency teams and heliport staff.


As many of the above mentioned tasks are highly sensible, priorities for the private security sector need to be addressed. Among them are the improvement of the qualifications of employees, an ongoing dialogue between public and private security and to start addressing liability issues.


The presentation was supported by a lot of slides, showing the depth and range of the services provided, as well as the thorough training of those working to secure the assets of critical infrastructure plants. After the presentation the Q & A session was filled with a vivid discussion.


"Crisis Management within the hospital environment"was the main topic of the meeting. It was presented by Bruno Hersche, a recognised expert in this field.


Bruno Hersche explained that the fundamental requirements of such a system need to be as simple as possible, as well as detailed as necessary. An array of site related check-lists were shown and explained. The concept presented as an example had several stages for different departments, as well as responsibilities and emergency-rights.


On the occasion of his presentation Mr Hersche said "that a functional Crisis Management is not possible without a firm leadership".


When an incident occurs, the activation and call of necessary resources need to be fast and reliable. The called persons need to know their reporting station. Several ways to activate persons were shown, some of them use internet.


A good feature is to have color codes in the printed manuals. Green stands for normal operations, yellow comes with a medium increase of attention while red requires the maximum attention.


In case of a major emergency a good crisis management system provides provisions for additional teams, how to free up rooms, how to establish emergency treatment areas, how to transfer IMC patients. Provisions are also available for a CHS (Casualty Handling System).


A further vital point is a multi-functional call center. Some sectors mentioned here include family assistance, basic training for personnel, training for crisis team members, special training for communications with the media.


The presentation was a very well received by the members and triggered an intensive Q & A section.


By Werner Preining, CPP, Chairman, ASIS Austria Chapter.

a3Register Now for ASIS Middle East 2013!

The ASIS 4th Middle East Security Conference Exhibition, will take place on 17-19 February 2013 in Dubai, UAE at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.


Register now and get access to 33 high-level educational sessions delivered by industry leaders.

The event will take place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Speakers will include:  


Keynote Speaker - Amin H. Nasser, Senior Vice President, Upstrean, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)


Amin H. Nasser was appointed Senior Vice President, Upstream, Saudi Aramco in May, 2008, with responsibilities that include exploration, petroleum engineering, oil and gas production and processing activities. He was elected to the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors in August 2010.


Mr. Nasser graduated from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He has held several management positions during his 31 years with the company, the most recent being Vice President of Petroleum Engineering and Development.


Mr. Nasser is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE Industry Advisory Council, KAUST International Advisory Council and the Dhahran Techno-Valley Advisory Board.


Keynote speaker - Narayanan Srinivasan, Professor of Security and Risk, Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia) and Director Emirates-ECU Centre (Dubai) - Topic: Professionalising security professionals in the current environment:global experiences and the way forward



Nara Srinivasan is Professor of Security and Risk at Edith Cowan University,  Perth Western Australia and Director of the Emirates-ECU Centre in Dubai. He completed his studies at the University of Malaya and Cambridge University, UK in areas of Criminology

and Public Administration. Nara also completed programmes at Cornell and Harvard Universities in the areas of security management, international security and current trends in security profiling. Nara is engaged in many research projects in the area of aviation and maritime security in Australia, UK, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and works as a consultant to airlines and governments in these regions. He is credited with professionalising the security industry through education programmes globally. Nara is also part of the UN expert group on Civilian Private Security and a member of several professional groups looking at the professionalisation of security including the Australasian Council of Security Professionals. 


Speaker - Steve Chupa, CPP
Director, Global Security, Johnson & Johnson (USA) - Topic: Supply Chain Security - Protecting the Essence of a Company


We live in a global world. Materials for finished products are sourced from all corners of the globe, are assembled and manufactured often by contract manufacturers and are sent through a convoluted supply chain of other outside companies to the final consumer for consumption. This presentation will discuss the trends, risks and efforts made today to protect the Supply Chain so that consumers can enjoy these products with assurance and that the good name of the company whose name is on the carton is also protected.  


6 Reasons why you should be at ASIS Middle East:

  1. Industry leaders from important companies and organisations such as Saudi Aramco, Zurich Insurance Group, McAfee, Johnson & Johnson, TDIC, and TNO will speak about the latest developments, trends and innovations in security.
  2. Apply lessons learnt from other industries to your own sector. Original content will be shared on stage, including discussion on oil and gas security, maritime security, soft targets security, and security engineering and management.
  3. Connect with high-level security professionals from all over the Middle East and beyond.
  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

In addition to the educational sessions delegates will get access to networking events and to the exhibition. Early bird discounts end on 14 January 2013!

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a4Chapter News: ASIS Benelux Chapter Fall Meeting as a Roadmap


Security & Education is a trending topic in Europe. In the Benelux the first initiatives have been transformed into fact by constructing a bachelor and a master study. The bachelor in Security Management started in 2010 and the master in Safety & Security Science in 2011. Besides the public education initiatives there are several market oriented training and certification programmess. But what will the future of education bring in the Benelux? ASIS Benelux collected the core of education providers in a congress focused on education.


The meeting was attended by 123 visitors, which means that this subject is on top of the minds of   most security professionals. Besides traditional speakers there was also a security education information market with several education providers. With for example the European Security Academy (ASIS Board certification), TopTech Delft with a Master in Safety & Security Management and Saxion University of Applied Science. The event culminated in a panel discussion with security professionals from the field and education providers.


Erik de Vries, CPP, Chairman of ASIS Benelux Chapter was the host for the day. The first speaker was Katrien van Geystelen from the Antwerpen University. This university develops a master in Safety & Security Science. The focus of this programme is an integral approach in an international context. Due to the specific topic the university focuses on small groups and high quality education. The first class will start next year. The next speaker, Lector Wilbert Rodenhuis, came from Saxion University of Applied Science (Master in Security Management). He explained the need for scientific research in the security field. Monica Tecklenburg of ECABO concluded the morning session by explaining several lessons learned in the IT education field.


After lunch, a panel discussion took place under the directions and (humorous) twists of Eduard Emde, CPP, President of ASIS International. With Monica Tecklenburg, Katrien van Geystelen and Wilbert Rodenhuis representing the education side and Ludo de Vries, CSO at KPN, Bram de Bruijn, Product Manager Finance at Securitas and Alda Kroneman of ROC Mondriaan representing the operational field.


The discussion mostly circled around the exact definition of role of the Security Manager in the Benelux and the specific needs of the (operational) sector. In fact all participants agreed that there is a higher need for business administration skills in combination with security to translate the security needs to the boardroom. Next to that there was plenty of interaction with the audience regarding how education providers stay on a state-of- the-art level due to the fast (technologic) developments. The education providers agreed that education is changing rapidly in this information era.


Eduard Emde also gave a quick overview of the many things happening in ASIS international and the vast opportunities that can be recognised.


By Bram de Bruijn

ASIS Benelux Chapter

a5Workplace IT: ENISA Sees Opportunities and Risks in "Bring Your Own Device" Trend

The developing trend of people using their own computers, phones, social networks or smart devices and applications for work offers benefits, but also brings risks. That's the message from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) in its latest report, Consumerisation of IT: Top Risks and Opportunities.


In today's high-pressure work environment, mobility and networked knowledge are two key factors shaping the future of professional life. These factors, combined with the consumerisation of all kinds of IT components, make it imperative to consider the role of private IT in corporate IT strategies. The "Bring Your Own Device" option, where staff use their personal computers to perform tasks in the workplace or elsewhere, can bring a wide range of potential benefits.

Among the opportunities presented by this consumerisation of IT are:

  • employer and staff flexibility on hours and work locations
  • savings through lower infrastructure costs
  • increased productivity and staff satisfaction through developing their own skills
  • lower infrastructure costs from moving to flexible IT solutions, such as cloud computing

But with the potential benefits come risks, which must be foreseen, with proper policies and mitigation strategies. Among the top risks are:

  • confidential information being lost, stolen or made public, whether through poor IT security on personal devices, or through the theft of mobile devices or computers
  • potential issues over data ownership, unauthorised sharing, and legal governance over devices, programmes and content
  • increased opportunities for cyber-criminals to target corporate data

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Source: European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)

a6Student Writing Competition - 2012 International Call for Papers (Submission Due Date: 14 December 2012)

The ASIS Council on Academic Programmes' Writing Competitionrewards students who write an academic paper between 3,000 and 6,000 words on an issue relevant to the security and asset protection field. The competition is open to any associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree student enrolled in a college or university during the 2012 academic year.


*Select one of the following topics:


  • Improving the image and reputation of the security profession
  • Protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st Century
  • The challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine?
  • Leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges
  • The impact of globalisation on security, assets protection, and organisational resilience
  • The most promising technologies to meet tomorrow's security challenges


* visit www.asisfoundation.org for detailed topic descriptions.


Submissions must be written in English and follow accepted standards for academic papers.  





  • Between 3,000 and 6,000 words, not including appendices or attachments
  • Times New Roman, Book Antiqua, or Arial 12-point font (tables, charts & footnotes may use smaller font size)
  • Illustrations, charts, tables, and graphs that reinforce content are acceptable but don't apply towards word count requirements
  • 1½ or double-spaced
  • Use of recognised styles, such as APA, Chicago/Turabian, or MLA


Kevin Peterson, CPP
Phone: +1.703.318.7181
Email: asis-swc@mindspring.com. 

a7Monet and Picasso Among Works Stolen from Dutch Museum

BBC reported that paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam.


Police in the Netherlands said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum early on 16 October.


The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.


The paintings include Monet's Waterloo Bridge, Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed.


Museum spokeswoman Patricia Wessels told the AFP news agency that police were alerted during the night when the alarm went off but that the thief, or thieves, had left the premises by the time police arrived.


Roland Ekkers from Rotterdam Police said: "The alarm system in the Kunsthal is supposed to be state of the art. We've got no reason to believe that it's not but somehow the people responsible for this found a way in and a way out."


It is the biggest art theft in the Netherlands since 20 paintings were stolen from Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum in 1991.


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Source: bbc.co.uk

a8Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2012, ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!




Does your organisation's strategic plan call for growth in Asia-Pacific, in the Middle East and Europe? If so, sponsorship 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 -


For further information on the Asia-Pacific Conference & Exhibition, please contact: ASIS International Asia-Pacific Bureau - Tel: +61 2 8211 2712 - Fax: +61 2 8211 0555 -asiapacific@asisonline.org

a9US to EU: Data Laws Could "Cripple" Law Enforcement

EU data protection reforms could "cripple" international law enforcement said the Head of International Law of the US Department of Justice at a European Parliament hearing on 10 October.


The Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Bruce Swartz, told MEPs that European Commission proposals requiring the renegotiation of international treaties within five years as well as those on data transfer rules would "cripple international investigations."


The new Directive would make it "virtually impossible for EU Member States to enter into bilateral agreements on law enforcement," he added.


Chapter five of the Directive says personal data transfers to non-EU countries in relation to international crime prevention can only take place for countries deemed to have adequate data protection rules.


Although the US is among a handful of countries to pass the EU's test, Swartz said the system would paralyse work with the near 200 countries active in Interpol, the international police body based in Lyon.


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Source: EU Observer

a10Chapter News: ASIS Polish Chapter to Celebrate its Establishment at the 4th SASMA Business Security Conference - 25-26 October 2012 - Warsaw, Poland

Eduard J. Emde, CPP, the first non U.S. President of ASIS International with more than 20-years' experience in security and security risk management will participate to the 4th SASMA Business Security Conference - an international conference devoted to business security, which will take place on 25-26 October 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. Eduard Emde will deliver a speech on Shaping security's future and developments in the security management profession in accordance with ASIS International. Moreover, members of the ASIS Polish Chapter will officially celebrate their establishment.


The organisers have invited world-class experts who will discuss the latest trends in safety management and methods used to build an effective security system. Prof. Martin Gill, who studied the psychological aspects of crime, will be a keynote speaker. He will explain why people commit embezzlements, how crime victims are affected and how corporations confront dishonest employees. Glenn Schoen, Risk Advisor of G4S, will tell us about terrorism threats. Bartosz Tomaszewski of Baker & McKenzie will give a presentation on how to protect ourselves from data leakage while Bernard Maier of BM Investigations will show us the ideal concept of fraud. Finally, Mark Johnson, CEO of The Risk Management Group, will discuss the dangers that await us on the Internet in connection with the development of social media.


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a11UK to Turn Back the Clock on EU Police Co-Operation

British Defence Minister Philip Hammond has confirmed reports the UK will seek to end participation in dozens of EU-level crime-fighting structures.


Several British newspapers on 14 October predicted that Home Affairs Minister Theresa May will in Parliament on 15 October say the Goverment is "minded to" opt-out of some 130 EU Justice and Home Affairs programmes.


The list includes the European arrest warrant and the European criminal records information system, as well as future schemes to create an EU-level public prosecutor and a European investigation order, a protocol on EU countries' exchange of evidence in criminal cases.


Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, the UK has an option until 2014 to walk away from the laws but can subsequently ask Member States to opt back in to some of them.


The mass-circulation paper, the Daily Mail, on 14 October quoted Education Minister Michael Gove as saying: "We have to tell them [the EU] if they don't return some of the important powers they have snaffled from us, we will leave."


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Source: EU Observer

a12Highlights from ASIS 2012

Order a DVD recording of the education sessions


Read Press Coverage.


Visit the ASIS 2012 Hub to view photos and watch select education sessions.


Watch interviews on ASIS TV (Monday. Tuesday. Interview with Eduard Emde, CPP, and Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP,CAP).


Save the Dates for ASIS 2013, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois!

a13EU Health Commissioner Resigns Over Anti-Fraud Case

The European Union's top health official resigned on 16 October after an anti-fraud investigation connected him to an attempt to influence EU tobacco legislation, the European Commission said.


The EU's anti-fraud office OLAF found that a Maltese businessman had tried to use his contacts with Commissioner John Dalli, who is Maltese, for financial gain by offering to influence future EU legislation on tobacco products.


"The OLAF report did not find any conclusive evidence of the direct participation of Mr Dalli but did consider that he was aware of these events," the Commissions said in a statement, saying that Dalli had resigned with immediate effect.


The statement said it was up to Maltese judicial authorities to decide if they wanted to pursue the case.


Dalli has rejected OLAF's finding. "Even though the OLAF report states that there is no evidence of my direct participation in these events and that the decision making process of the Commission Services had not been influenced in any way, OLAF concluded that I was aware of these events basing themselves ONLY on circumstantial evidence," Dalli said in a statement, denying that he was in any way aware of any of these events.


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Source: Euractiv

a14Europe Joins Forces in Massive Cyber Attacks Simulation

On 4 October, more than 300 cyber security professionals across Europe join forces to counter a massive simulated cyber-attack in the 2nd pan-European Cyber Exercise, Cyber Europe 2012.


The exercise builds on and ties together extensive activities at both the national and European level to improve the resilience of critical information infrastructures. As such, Cyber Europe 2012 is a major milestone in the efforts to strengthen cyber crisis cooperation, preparedness and response across Europe.


Cyber Europe 2012 is a distributed table-top exercise organised by the Member States of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. It is facilitated by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and supported by the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Compared to the 2010 exercise, Cyber Europe 2012 has grown considerably in scope, scale and complexity.


Cyber Europe 2012 has three objectives: 

  1. Test effectiveness and scalability of existing mechanisms, procedures and information flow for public authorities' cooperation in Europe;
  2. Explore the cooperation between public and private stakeholders in Europe;
  3. Identify gaps and challenges on how large scale cyber incidents could be handled more effectively in Europe.

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Source: European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)


a15Google Privacy Policy Breaks Law, EU Data Chiefs Say

Search-engine Google has been ordered to re-write its data collection rules after EU regulators found that they were in breach of EU data protection laws.


A letter to Google CEO Larry Page signed by 24 of the EU's 27 National Data Protection Regulators said that the software-giant had "not demonstrated that your company endorses the key data protection principles of purpose limitation, data quality, data minimisation, proportionality and right to object."


The regulators, who collectively make up the Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection, also spelt out a 12-point plan for Google to comply with EU law on data protection and retention as well as the e-privacy directive.


These include requirements to get explicit consent from users to use and combine their data and create a simple opt-out mechanism for users. Google should also publish how it uses and processes personal data. However, they have steered clear of accusing the software-giant of intentionally breaking the law and of possible fines or other sanctions.


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Source: EU Observer

a16EU Holds Off China Telecoms Trade Probe Amid US 'Cyber-Espionage' Claims

The European Commission has delayed a trade case against two Chinese telecom equipment makers that are under scrutiny in the United States for posing a national security threat to the country's telecoms infrastructure.


A US congressional report said on 8 October that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp - the world's second- and fifth-largest makers of wireless telecoms gear - were potential security risks and should be shut out of the US market.


After a nearly year-long investigation, the US Committee's report concluded that the two companies had "potential ties" to the Chinese government, which they claimed is "already known to be a major perpetrator of cyber-espionage."


"China has the means, opportunity and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes," the US report states.


Huawei and ZTE have rejected the accusations and denounced cyber-security threats as an excuse for closing the US telecoms equipment market to Chinese investors.


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Source: Euractiv

a17Resilience Lead Auditor Certification - 17-21 December 2012 - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands

Managing the risks of disruptive events is critical to the survival and competitiveness of any organisation. The ASIS International Resilience Lead Auditor Certification will help you assess organisational and supply chain risks, maintain and improve resilience management systems, and successfully conduct resilience management system audits. The RABQSA certified training programme supports standards that address the management of risk related to events that may disrupt an organisation's operations. The RABQSA-RES Competency Unit covers the requirements of resilience standards (e.g., ANSI/ASIS.SPC.1: 2009; ISO 28002:2011; DS 3001:2009; or NEN 7131:2010), as well as discipline specific standards in business continuity management (e.g. ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.1:2010; BSI 25999:2007; or ISO/FDIS 22301), and security management (e.g. ISO 28000:2007, ASIS/WD.PAP.1). The course seamlessly integrates with the ISO 31000 Risk Management standard to allow organisations to develop a cost-effective, holistic approach to managing risk.

Date: 17-21 December 2012

Location: Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, Netherlands

Instructor: Dr. Marc Siegel, Global Standards Commissioner, ASIS International

Fees: $2,500 ASIS-members $3,000 Non ASIS-members (certification evaluation, study material included)  

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a18MEP Calls for "EU-Wide Approach" to Tackling Organised Crime

Italian MEP Salvatore Iacolino has spelt out how the EU plans to clamp down on "Mafia-style" organised crime.

Speaking in Parliament on 15 October, the EPP Deputy told MEPs that such illegal activities were "structural and here to stay".

He said, "Serious crime has diversified and criminals have muscled their way into all kinds of economic activity."

The MEP was detailing a report on the issue he has drafted for Parliament's Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.

The Special Committee was set up to look at the spread of cross-border criminal organisations, including mafias.

It was tasked with the job of investigating the misuse of public funds by criminal organisations, their infiltration of the public sector and their "contamination of legal economy and financial system".


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Source: theparliament.com

a19Olaf Chief Condemned for "Failing to Fight" EU Fraud

The Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (Olaf) has come under fire for "failing" to address fraud in the EU institutions.

The attack comes after Giovanni Kessler, who heads the Brussels-based European anti-fraud office, addressed the budgetary control committee on 15 October.

Kessler, appointed to the post 18 months ago, once again argued the case for the creation of a European public prosecutor's office (EPPO).

Such a post has been criticised by some, including eurosceptic MEPs, as a Brussels "power grab".

But Kessler said, "National concepts such as jurisdiction do not provide the appropriate framework to combat complex cases which by their nature are European." He said the creation of an EPPO would make the investigation, prosecution and bringing to justice of offences against the EU budget "much more speedy and effective". He added, "This is especially needed at a time of economic and fiscal crisis in Europe when every euro counts."

Speaking at the same debate, Jana Mittermaier, Head of the Brussels office of Transparency International, called on Parliament to "actively promote" the creation of an EPPO. She also called for more action to safeguard EU funds against fraud and corruption.


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Source: theparliament.com

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a21Winter SASIG Meeting: "Security - Why Should Anyone Listen to Us?" - 30th October 2012

One of the toughest challenges faced by the CSO and CISO is building the case for investment in security and fraud prevention. According to PwC's 2012 Information Security Breaches Survey:

  • The average cost of a large organisation's worst security breach is £110k - £250k
  • 80% of large organisations don't evaluate ROI on their security expenditure
  • 20% of large organisations spend less than 1% of IT budget on information security

Meanwhile in a period of austerity the search is always on for ways to cut costs. Security and fraud prevention are often seen as an easy target at the very time when companies are particularly vulnerable to the whole range of traditional and emerging internal and external security threats, and when the need for our services is even greater. The C-Suite cannot afford to ignore the threats to the business but it is often difficult to get their attention. For them a thorough business case for investment in security is an essential rather than an optional extra.


At the Winter SASIG we will be exploring:

  • The importance of a long-term strategic, business focussed approach to security
  • How to get the attention of our C-Suite colleagues over the noise of the many other urgent business challenges, and achieve their buy-in
  • How to show that effective security risk management can be both a business enabler and a contributor to profits/the bottom line
  • How to demonstrate return on investment for our security programmes through effective measurement


Keep updated by visiting the SASIG website.


Where and when?

This free one-day meeting is being hosted by PwC, 7 More London Riverside, London SE1 2RT on Tuesday 30th October 2012. Registration will commence at 8.45am with closing remarks scheduled for 3.30pm. Please note that meetings are not generally open to suppliers and contractors.


Register to attend

Numbers for this event are limited to 100 delegates. Please register using the new registration form by clicking here or calling +44 (0)1234 708456. In the case of oversubscription for the meeting, names will be drawn from a ballot and attendance will be confirmed within 2 weeks of the event.

a22Global Agenda

3-5 December 2012 - ASIS 6th Asia Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition- Hong Kong, China

14 December 2012: Student Writing Competition - 2012 International Call for Papers (Submission Due Date)

17-21 December 2012 -Resilience Management Lead Auditor - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands


17-19 February 2013 - ASIS 4th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition- Dubai, UAE


14-16 April 2013 - ASIS 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition - Gothenburg, Sweden (Call for presentations is now open. Deadline: 30 September 2012)

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

a23Professional Development

Upcoming Webinars  

7 November: Tag You're It! Providing Flawless Customer Service in the Healthcare Security Environment


14 November: Excellence in High-Impact Security Education Training



15 November: Achieving ASIS Board Certification - The PSP Journey


Additional Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Archive

This month highlighting: Open Source Intelligence: How to Use Open Source

Information as Intelligence

Available as streaming media and on CD - 90 minutes


Additional titles




This month highlighting: Electricity and Biometric Technology


Additional e-Learning opportunities


Classroom Programmes


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a25Chapter and Certification Events
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