June 2015, No. 124

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New Council White Paper: Global Asset Protection

Young Professionals: Want to Win a Seminar Experience?




  Top Eurocop Says People OK with Phone Snooping

EU Policymaker Warns Manufacturers about Surveillance Tech Transactions

EU Policy Shift on Weak States' Security Forces

Just Say No To Encryption Back Doors

Russian Hackers Suspected in French TV Cyberattack

Austrian Boy Sentenced on Terrorism Charges

EU Agrees on Unified Data Security Laws




 ASIS Europe 2016: Be a Speaker in London    


ASIS China 2015: Registration Opens in August 


 ASIS Middle East 2016: Deadline for Presentations is Approaching   



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ASIS EuropeAsisEurope

Spain Chapter Holds Expatriate and Traveller Seminar Spainchapter     

On 21 May, the Spain Chapter held its Second Expatriate and Frequent Traveller Security Seminar in Madrid. The seminar brought together more than 100 attendees.

The programme included sessions such as Al-Qaeda versus the Islamic State, communication tools in times of crisis; computer management systems for risk management; OSAC, the security manager and the expatriates; evacuation plans; the future of corporate security; and discussion about Algeria, Colombia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, which are countries with large Spanish company operations. It was noted that last year, an average of 70 percent of the revenue of the Ibex35 largest Spanish companies came from abroad.

Some of the main seminar speakers were from the Intelligence Service of the Guardia Civil and the intelligence Branch of the National Police. One of the most well received presentations was about duty of care, which was jointly delivered by International SOS and Garrigues law firm. 

Austria Chapter Meets in Vienna austriachapter     

The Austria Chapter met on 23 April in Vienna at the premises of Andritz Group. Thirteen members and three guests attended the meeting, which was hosted by David Zrost, chief security officer of Andritz, and Chapter Chair Werner Preining, CPP. The chair welcomed the visiting regional vice president of the Austria region, Dr. Christoph Rojahn.

Rojahn discussed the latest news from the region and reported on the successful ASIS 14th Annual European Conference & Exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. Among other topics was a German initiative to collect all meeting dates from the European chapters and integrate the data into a single calendar. The dates will be available to all European ASIS members as well as visiting ASIS members from the rest of the world. It is hoped that this will enhance and encourage cross-chapter communication.

After Rojahn's presentation, the chapter chair made an abbreviated report on the chapter's activities and other subjects including:
  • The ASIS 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits to be held 28 September to 1October in Anaheim, California.
  • The activities of the CMBCC and the ITSC councils.
  • The activities of the Critical Infrastructure Working Group.
  • The Hagenberger Kreis Conference in Upper Austria -- an IT-related security conference where Preining gave a keynote address. He also reported about the European Committee for Standardization meeting in Prague, which he attended as part of the Austrian delegation.
After this, guest speaker David Zrost presented an overview of Andritz, followed by two speakers from The Result Group, a global risk and crisis management organisation. The presenters spoke about how complex and difficult it can be to evacuate resident expatriates from countries were civil unrest or war erupts. They said that special skills, excellent contacts, and reliable intelligence were needed to successfully handle these dangerous situations. The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

ASIS and Spain Chapter Hold IE Management  CourseIECourse      

Back row, left to right: Havard Walla; Neil Thompson; Jere Peltonen, CPP, PSP, PCI; Arne Nordbo; Roberto Baratta; Karan Bura; Eduard Emde, CPP; and Juan Muñoz CPP, ASIS Spain chair and codirector of the course.Front row, seated, left to right: Rowena Fell, CPP; Chris Walker,director of the course; and José María Gonzalez Souto.

IE Business School in Madrid, one of the most prestigious European international business schools, has recently held the 5th iteration of the Effective Management for Security Professionals course, a four-day executive education programme developed in collaboration by ASIS and the Spain Chapter.   


The course, which ran from 8 to 11 June, is designed to assist mid-level security managers in developing their business acumen to become more effective managers and leaders within their organization. The programme focuses on business fundamentals and helps participants develop a salient voice in business matters. It covers the areas of leadership, strategy, executive negotiation, and corporate finance in eighteen 90-minutes sessions.     


The course brought together 10 participants from seven different countries: Finland, the United Kingdom, Norway, The Netherlands, India, and Bahrain. Students came from companies such as Shell, VFS Global, Mapfre, Statkraft, World Vision, Merck Sharp Dome, Abanca, Gulf Petrochemical, the Norwegian National Security Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. 

The submission deadline for the next issue is 29 June.

ASIS International NewsASISInternationalNews 

New Council White Paper: Global Asset Protectionwhitepaper   

The ASIS Leadership and Management Practices Council released "Global Security Strategic Planning," a white paper aimed at assisting senior management of international organizations in managing risk for its people and assets around the world. Download the free white paper (login required).

Young Professionals: Want to Win a Seminar Experience? YoungProfessionals   

ASIS Young Professionals, together with exclusive sponsor Securitas Security Services, USA, is offering young professionals (YP) the opportunity to win one of three Seminar Experiences.

Each winning YP will receive a full conference registration, travel voucher, housing, and networking event tickets.

APPLY now through 31 July.

EU OverviewEUOverview

 Top Eurocop Says People OK Phone Snooping eurocop    



In Early June during a conference in Brussels, Rob Wainwright, director of Europol - and thus the European Union's top cop -- declared that "the public accepts that private phone calls may be intercepted. Society accepts that this is a reasonable way to run a democracy."

Despite efforts by law enforcement across the globe to force companies to decrypt information on gadgets -- federal prosecutors in the United States went so far as to unearth and dust off a 1789 law to reach this end -- Wainwright says that in many ways "encryption is forcing the police and intelligence world to innovate and evolve."

Read more.   


Source: The Register  

 EU Policymaker Warns Manufacturers about Surveillance Tech Transactions MEP     


European manufacturers of surveillance equipment and software may think that as long as they're not breaking the law by selling items to blacklisted buyers, there's no price to pay. But any such belief would be misplaced says one member of the European Parliament.

"There's an illusion in Europe that we will always be faster than the criminal organisations -- that our technologies will outsmart terrorist organisations -- but I'm not at all convinced," said Marietje Schaake, a Dutch liberal and a key parliamentary watchdog over dual-use policies in the EU. She expressed her view on the subject as part of a panel debate during the Global Conference on Cybersecurity in The Hague.

Read more

Source: Security Europe

EU Policy Shift on Weak States' Security Forces futuresecurity     



Movement is afoot in EU policy circles to loosen the link between the EU's support for economic development in weak or failed states and its support for those states' security forces. While development-and-security together will continue to be the goal, EU policymakers want to pursue these objectives separately, if needed.

The EU's foreign policy wing -- the European External Action Service (EEAS) -- and the European Commission are working hand-in-hand to pull it off. The end goal is summarised, if obscurely, in a low-key statement that Federica Mogherini, head of the EEAS, presented to national foreign ministers on 18 May.


The 12-page statement, "Capacity Building in Support of Security and Development: Enabling Partners to Prevent and Manage Crises", aims to boost the EU's flexibility to pay for equipment and training for weak states' security forces.   


Read more.    


Source: Security Europe


Just Say No To Encryption Back Doors ECDigital      



As the United States debates security agency demands for compulsory workarounds for encryption on mobile devices, the European Commission has come out against any such move. "In the European Commission we never had, and we don't have, any kind of plans to create back doors," European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, told the European Parliament.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has floated a similar idea that could lead to banning encrypted online messaging services such as WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage in an effort to fight terrorism. While the White House's cybersecurity coordinator said in March that there are no plans to weaken encryption in the United States, President Barack Obama said in January that encryption should not lock out police and intelligence services.

Read more here.  


Source: Tech World    


Russian Hackers Suspected in French TV Cyberattackrussianhackers   



A cyberattack on French television network TV5 Monde may have been carried out by Russia-based hackers, investigators said. Jihadist propaganda was posted on the network's website last April by individuals claiming to represent the IS group.

The "CyberCaliphate" attack, which threatened French soldiers and shut down the Paris-based television network for hours was probably launched from computers in Russia, sources close to the investigation and TV5 Monde's president declared, confirming a report published by L'Express weekly.

The French magazine said clues pointed towards a group known as "Pawn Storm," a term also used to refer to a multipronged attack in the computer hacking world.

The same group has previously targeted computer systems belonging to the White House, NATO members, Russian dissidents, and Ukrainian activists, according to L'Express.

Read more.

Source: France 24

Austrian Boy Sentenced on Terrorism ChargesAUSTRIANBOY      

A 14-year-old boy from Austria who downloaded bomb-making plans onto his Playstation games console was sentenced to a two-year jail term after pleading guilty to terrorism charges, a court spokeswoman said.

In addition to researching how to build a bomb, the boy made contact with militants supporting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, prosecutors said ahead of the trial.

Sixteen months of the sentence were suspended. The boy, a Turkish national, will serve what remains of the eight-month custodial term in a juvenile detention centre. 


Read more.
Source: France 24  

EU Agrees on Unified Data Security LawsEUAGREES 


European Union member states signed off on a broad restructuring of their data protection laws. The framework is a major step forward in the effort to unify the 28 member countries' data security rules and levy fines against companies that break those rules.

The single code is an attempt to better secure people's digital data and fight back against the rising tide of hackers and government-backed spies.

"Citizens and businesses deserve modern data protection rules that keep pace with the latest technological changes," said Věra Jourová, commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality. 


Source: The Hill

         ASIS Europe 2016: Be a Speaker in Londonlondon2016    


ASIS International will hold its 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition from 6 to 8 April, 2016, in London, United Kingdom.

Conference participants will share and learn effective strategies and solutions for securing their organisations' people, property, and information in today's challenging global security environment.

Subject matter experts are invited to participate in the conference programme by submitting a proposal for a presentation.

Proposals on all security-related topics are sought, including: supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cybersecurity and convergence, investigations, due diligence, and global business issues.

Deadline: 15 September.

For further information, please contact europe@asisonline.org

or visit the website


         ASIS China 2015: Registration Opens in Augustshanghai     

  The ASIS China Conference will be held 3 and 4 December in Shanghai. The event will provide two days of cutting-edge educational sessions on a range of security topics by senior security professionals sharing their experience and best practices. 

The event will have ample opportunities for networking, as a reception, two lunches and breaks are planned.

Who Should Attend
  • Security management professionals
  • Corporate executives in IT, supply chain management, strategic planning, and human resources
  • Representatives from companies providing security services and solutions
  • Law enforcement and fire protection professionals
  • Facility management professionals
  • Intelligence services and military personnel
  • Government officials (Justice and Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Defense)
  • Academics
  • Consultants, vendors, and architects
Benefits of Attending
  • Get the latest information on key security issues affecting your business.
  • Develop effective strategies and solutions for protecting your organization's people, property, and data.
  • See and compare innovative technologies, products, and services first-hand.
  • Network with security professionals and officials from around the globe.

Registration will open in August!  


For further information, please contact asiapacific@asisonline.org or visit the conference website.

         ASIS Middle East 2016: Deadline for Presentations is ApproachingME16 


ASIS International 7th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition will be held from 21 to 23 February, 2016, at the Events Centre of the InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Deadline for Presentations is Approaching!

Submit your presentations by 3 July :

The event will address a full spectrum of topics in security management such as: supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cybersecurity, investigations, due diligence, and global business issues.

For further information, please contact middleeast@asisonline.org

or visit the website




ASIS International invites members to submit articles to be published in future editions of EuroDynamics.


Whether the topic is a case study about a facility, an analysis of new legislation in your nation, an article about mitigating threats a look at fresh opportunities for the security profession, or other items that spread practitioner knowledge and best practices with other ASIS members, we would be glad to receive it.

Board certified professionals are entitled to claim up to 9 CPE credits per published article.

General writing guidelines:

  • Articles must be in English only.
  • Articles should not exceed 500 words.
  • If you would like to submit longer articles, please send a 500-word summary that will be published in the newsletter and on the ASIS European web site with a link to the full article.
  • Sales or marketing submissions will not be accepted.
Please contact the editor.

a34Global Agenda
27 September- 1 October, 2015 -- ASIS 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Anaheim, California, United States


3-4 December, 2015 -- ASIS China Conference, Shanghai, China 


21-23 February, 2016 -- ASIS 7th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  


6-8 April, 2016 -- ASIS 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition, London, United Kingdom 


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