December 2009 
The official newsletter of ASIS International in Europe
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Welcome to the 62nd edition of Eurodynamics! The ASIS International European Bureau would like to encourage members to submit updates or articles you wish to share with the ASIS International members in Europe!

Copy deadlines for the next issues have been fixed at the third Monday of every month. The deadline for the next issue is 18 January 2010.

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Register Now to the ASIS International European Information Assets Protection Conference

The ASIS International European Information Assets Protection Conference will take place at Nomura House in Central London, on 25-26 January 2010.

This conference is organised by and for security professionals (both from the physical and information security functions) who seek to deepen their understanding of a wide range issues related to the protection of intangible assets such as: data protection and privacy, the convergence of information and physical security, the protection of proprietary information, corporate espionage, online identity theft, and cloud computing and remote access, among others.

Speakers who already confirmed their presence include Martin Smith from The Security Company, Giles Hogben from ENISA, Geoff Harris and Dr David King from ISSA, Sarb Sembhi from ISACA, Alex Dunstan-Lee from KPMG, John Smith from Prudential, and Chris Oldknow from Microsoft, among others.

Moreover, Michael Bowron QPM, Commissioner of the City of London Police will give a welcome address and Rt Hon Alun Michael MP will be a keynote speaker.

Please click here for more information on this event.

Organisations that want to benefit from this tremendous opportunity to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of their brand, products, or services in Europe and the UK can click here to download the Sponsorship and Exhibit Menu.

For additional information on participation and sponsorship, please contact:

ASIS International
European Bureau
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CSO Roundtable Lunch

The CSO Roundtable of ASIS International, a members-only forum of senior security executives from the world's largest organisations, will hold a lunch for Roundtable members and those eligible to join, on Tuesday, January 26.

Amanda Chandler, Global Privacy Manager, Privacy Security and Content Standards at Vodafone Group Services Limited, UK will give a presentation on the information security and privacy challenges faced by a global company. The session will be moderated by Richard Knowlton, Head of Group Fraud, Risk and Security, Vodafone Group Services Ltd.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event and requires special credentials to attend. For more information on eligibility, visit the CSO Roundtable Web site or contact Peter Piazza.

Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM): How Great Risks Become Great Deeds 

By Peter Piazza, Strategic Operations Director, ASIS International

"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks," wrote the Greek historian Herodotus. For modern organisations, those great deeds will be rare events unless the risks involved are fully considered, prioritised, and understood. Enterprise risk management (ERM) takes on this task to look at the universe of risks—financial, strategic, accidental, and so on—that the organisation faces. However, ERM does not always fully take into account the risks that are traditionally associated with security. Enterprise security risk management (ESRM) exists to ensure that these risks are properly considered and accepted.

ASIS International recognises that ESRM is key among the opportunities and challenges in security and has included ESRM in its annual strategic plan, with goals of advancing the understanding of ESRM among members and developing networking and educational opportunities that will assist security executives in deploying ESRM initiatives. To reach those ends it was important to first benchmark the membership’s understanding of ESRM by creating a membership-wide survey.

In October 2009, the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International, a membership group of the senior-most executives from the world’s largest organisations, launched a comprehensive ESRM survey to its members and then to the membership of ASIS. The survey asked for information about what risks were the most challenging; where organisational support for ESRM initiatives came from; which business elements were included; what security’s role is; who has ultimate responsibility for risk; and other benchmarking questions. More than 80 chief security officers, and over 200 ASIS non-CSO members, responded to the survey.

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ASIS International Delivers 1st ASIS International Middle East Security Conference

Mike Llewellyn-Jones (Chair of the Program Committee) and his Excellency Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim

The 1st ASIS International Middle East Security Conference took place on 6-8 December 2009 in Dubai at the Inter-Continental Dubai Festival City.

Around 300 security professionals, corporate executives, consultants and government officials from 27 countries attended 33 high-level educational sessions on issues ranging from hotel security and organised crime to maritime piracy and terrorism.

The opening keynote speaker on 7 December was his Excellency Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police. General Tamim spoke about the strategic plan of Dubai Police and their achievements in curbing crimes on all levels. Regarding Dubai’s economical situation he said: "The recent rumours are a security threat to the country, which is affecting Dubai's reputation globally. It is building up so as to prevent Dubai from becoming a place that is lucrative and industrious to western standards".

With regards to politics in the Middle East, he said "there are no safety and security indications in politics but only interests. Conflicts of interest in the political arena always find their way among nations and their people, which affect the stability of the region."

On 8 December Mohammad G. Al-Zahrani, Executive Director, Safety & Industrial Security at Saudi Aramco was a keynote speaker and the Conference was closed by Dr. Raymond H. Hamden, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Human Relations Institute.

Other speakers included Lieutenant Colonel Abdulrahim Mohammed Sahfee and Younis Yousuf Al Mualim of the Dubai Police Force on organised crime, Simon Hoyle from Majid Al Futtaim Group LLC on business continuity and Russell Busby from Saudi Aramco on serial theft in oil fields.

Activists Mock Security Checks During EU Summit

The large security apparatus deployed to protect EU leaders during summits was ridiculed by Greenpeace activists on 10 December as they managed to access the heavily protected VIP entrance of the European Council building and stage a demonstration in front of journalists and diplomats.

A Greenpeace motorcade carrying 11 activists managed to pass security checks and reach the VIP entrance of the EU Council building among official government delegations just a few minutes after the arrival of Swedish Prime Minister and current EU President Fredrik Reinfeldt.

In front of the entrance, the activists left their cars and staged a demonstration with banners reading 'EU: Save Copenhagen'. One protester read from a prepared statement before being pushed away by security guards. The activists attempted to hand over a blueprint for a strong global climate treaty. All have been arrested and are still in police custody, Greenpeace said.


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ASIS International Brings Webinars to You 

ASIS International organises new webinars in January and February.

Webinars—fully interactive online education programs—bring the latest information on hot topics, critical issues, best practices, and special interests to your home, chapter meeting, desktop, or conference room and offer one of the best educational values you'll find. Industry experts host live events that are short—only 90 minutes—engaging, and to the point. Staying current while saving time and money could not be easier. Participate by yourself or with a group, ask questions, make comments, provide insight.

Please click on the links below for more details:

• January 27, 2010: Understanding the Violent Mind in the Workplace

• February 17, 2010: Web 2.0 Investigations That Move Beyond Google

$99.00 ASIS Members
$129.00 Non-Members


One of the ways ASIS delivers the latest information on relevant, newsworthy topics is with Webinars. Each live program is recorded and offered for sale through the eLibrary. Here’s a sampling of our best sellers this year:

Workplace Violence - What do I do?
Conduct Your Best Video Site System Survey
Guns at Work: When Security Policies Collide with the 2nd Amendment
Mastering Internet Searching and Analysis for Investigations and Security
Understanding Body Language: Recognizing the Hidden Meaning of the Unspoken Dialogue
Lightening Strikes: Surviving an Active Shooter-Hostage Event in the Workplace or Academic Environment

Click here to access a complete list of recent recordings.

Europe Moves Toward Single Area on Justice and Home Affairs 

EU leaders on 11 December adopted a five-year plan giving a greater role to community bodies in the area of justice and home affairs, establishing an "internal security strategy" and pointing toward a common asylum system by 2012.

The so-called Stockholm programme tries to combine a Swedish EU presidency focus on civil rights with more security-driven provisions, including a tougher stance on illegal immigration - something called for by Italy and other Mediterranean countries.

Training and exchange programmes for policemen and judges to facilitate co-operation at a personal level are also part of the scheme.

"The challenge is to ensure respect for fundamental rights and freedoms and integrity while guaranteeing security in Europe," European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said after the meeting of the bloc's leaders.

Under the provisions of the new EU treaty, which came into force on 1 December, Brussels gains more powers in the area of justice and home affairs, through the strengthening of agencies such as Frontex, the border management agency and Europol, the police co-operation body.


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ENISA Position Paper: Security Risks, Online Banking and eID Cards

The European Network and Information Security Agency presents its new Position Paper on 26 November. The paper is focusing on authentication risks with European eID Cards. It analyses 7 vulnerabilities, identifies 15 threats and gives security recommendations.

Major European eID interoperability projects, such as STORK and its successor ELSA are aiming at a European-wide take-up of new technologies. In this context, ENISA takes an independent look at the security risks related to online banking authentication by comparing smart eID cards with other authentication means in its latest Position Paper.

Online banking in one of the most widely-used electronic services by European consumers. It is a strategic service for financial institutions and users. With 24 hour service availability, it is extremely convenient. It is often without any extra costs; or even at reduced costs compared to traditional banking processes. However, online banking fraud is on the rise. Thus, security is a major concern both for online banking, e.g. tax declarations. The report also includes a case study on privacy issues when authenticating with smart cards to online social networks.


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Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Does your organization's strategic plan call for growth in Europe? If so, sponsorship of the ASIS European Security Conference offers you a great opportunity to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of your brand, products, and services among key decision makers in this region.

Review and select from an extensive list of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. Identify the one that is most inline with your marketing strategy and budget, or contact us to shape a tailored package that suits the best your company’s needs.

For further information, please contact: ASIS International European Bureau - Tel: +32 2 645 26 74 - Fax: +32 2 645 26 71 -

Sweden Claims Breakthrough on EU Patent Impasse

Business groups hailed a landmark political deal in Brussels on 4 December, as EU industry ministers agreed a package of measures which could pave the way for a European Community patent. However, there are concerns that the thorny issue of translation costs has merely been set aside and will be dealt with separately.

Sweden, which holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency, pulled off a major political coup by securing unanimous backing for its plan to establish a single EU patent and a European patent court.

Patent reform has been on the Brussels agenda for several years but attempts to streamline a complex system have failed repeatedly.

The deal should help slash the cost of protecting new innovations in Europe, something small businesses have been particularly vexed by in recent years.


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2nd Lead Auditor Course to be Held in Netherlands on 12-17 April 2010 

Globalisation, outsourcing, and zero-inventory manufacturing have brought security of the supply chain to the forefront. Security management has also become increasingly complex as logistics, operations and supply chain partners are often both nationwide and worldwide with varying regulations and business processes.

The ASIS ISO 28000 Lead Auditor Certification Course is designed for professionals involved with the development of security management systems and managers responsible for improvement outcomes. The program, which meets the requirements of ISO 28000:2007 “Specification for security management systems for the supply chain", provides a thorough understanding of the ISO 28000 series of standards.

Date: 12-17 April 2010.
Location: Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
Prices: € 2.300 ASIS-members
€ 2.650 Non ASIS-members
(certificate, study material included)

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Bank Data Transfer Deal With US Reached 

EU justice ministers approved a provisional bank data transfer deal with the United States, allowing American anti-terrorist investigators to access European financial transaction data for another nine months.

The interim agreement had sparked controversy among European Greens and Liberals, who cited data privacy concerns and slammed member states for "rushing" to get the deal done before the European Parliament acquires more powers in this field. A day later, with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the legislature would have had a bigger say on the agreement.

Germany and Austria also threatened to veto the deal, but abstained in the end. Their primary concern was that personal information could be transferred to US authorities and handed on to other governments.


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Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives Enters Sixth Year

  ASIS International in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is offering a two-week certificate course for security executives. The Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives presents business knowledge taught by many of the same faculty who have made Wharton's MBA program one of the top-ranked in the world.

The Wharton/ASIS program, offered Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2009 and Feb. 1-5, 2010, will cover the core concepts of business to broaden the chief security officer's managerial and strategic perspectives, enhance business instincts and sharpen abilities to tackle management challenges. Both sessions must be completed to earn the certificate.
Wharton faculty draw upon extensive business expertise and research to address unique management challenges faced by security practitioners. Specific case studies in security management illustrate strategic concepts and key business skills in finance, marketing, management and leadership. To bring lessons on leadership to life, for example, one of the sessions examines critical strategies and decisions made during the Battle of Gettysburg.

"This is a challenging and relevant experience for senior security leaders," says program graduate Vincent Jarvie, vice president of corporate security at L-3 Communications Corp. "The insight to align security objectives with key business drivers results in a significant competitive advantage."

The program will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Go to for more program information or registration details.

Organisational Resilience: Is Your Organisation Prepared for the Unexpected?

As a security practitioner, the security of your organisation and supply chain are top priorities, but how can you effectively prepare for the unexpected? Organisational Resilience: Implementing and Auditing the ASIS American National Standard will prepare you to recognise potential threats, assess risks, and implement measures to improve your organisation’s resiliency. In addition, learn how to establish an internal auditing program and perform audits of management system standards using the ISO 19011 approach.

2010 course dates include: February 24-26, Tampa, FL; May 17-19, Philadelphia, PA; July 14-16, Chicago, IL; and September 13-15, San Diego, CA.  

2010 Walsh Award Applications Accepted Starting December 7

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take the March 8-11, 2010 APC I course in San Francisco, CA—free of charge! The ASIS Foundation Walsh Award pays for transportation, lodging, and course fees for the APC I course, the cornerstone of ASIS educational programming. Applications accepted starting December 7, 2009.

Global Agenda

25-26 January 2010 - ASIS International Information Assets Protection Conference - London, UK (postponed from 23-24 November 2009)
Registration is now open.

1-3 February 2010 - 4th ASIS International Asia Pacific Conference - Sydney, Australia
More info on
Registration is now open.

12-17 April 2010 - ISO 28000 Lead Auditor Course - Kasteel Oud-Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
18-21 April 2010 - 9th ASIS International European Security Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
More info on
Registration is now open.

12-15 October 2010 - ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits - Dallas, Texas

Chapter and Certification Events

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Be a sponsor of the 1st Middle East Security Conference, of  the 4th Asia Pacific Conference and the 9th European Security Conference

Download the sponsorship prospectus for Sydney and Lisbon or contact the European Office for more information.

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ASIS International European Bureau 

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- Unrivalled networking opportunities with more than 37,000 of your industry peers.
- Up-to-date information, including industry best practices, new technologies, and emerging trends.
- Complimentary subscription to Security Management magazine, the leading security industry publication.
- Opportunities to build a professional reputation and credentials.
- Tailored professional development programs to fit your specific career goals.
- Advocacy of the security industry to the government and business communities.
- Board-certified, professional designations.
- Members-only access to new career opportunities in security management.
- Access to more than 300 peer-reviewed, security-related publications.
- Discounts on program and Seminar registration, merchandise, and certification programs.

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New Chapters: Call for Volunteers

 ASIS International is looking for volunteers to help form new chapters in Romania, the Baltic States, Western Balkans and other European countries where no chapter presently exists.

For more information, please contact the European Bureau or click here to download the procedures on forming a new chapter.
 ASIS Bookstore

You can now purchase ASIS-published books for Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device, from the Kindle Store on Kindle’s revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. The books may be purchased wirelessly right from your device, allowing you to click, buy, and start reading within a minute. Kindle holds hundreds of titles and every book you purchase is backed up online in Your Media Library in case you ever need to download it again. The Kindle Store offers these ASIS titles: Career Opportunities in Security for 99 cents; Casino Surveillance and Security: 150 Things You Should Know for $65.; Emergency Planning Handbook for $43.; Protecting Schools and Universities from Terrorism for $43.; and Implementing Physical Protection Systems for $43. Other ASIS title coming soon: Detecting Forgery in Fraud Investigations and Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship.


 In 2010, your ASIS membership will be more important than ever before. Renew now!
Connections + Networking + Information + Professional Development + Industry Credentials + Advocacy = ASIS membership. This is the formula for success in 2010.



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