Welcome to the 43rd edition of Eurodynamics! The ASIS International European Bureau would like to encourage you to submit any updates or articles you wish to share with the ASIS International members in Europe!
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Former EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gijs de Vries to Keynote in Barcelona
Former EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gijs de Vries, one of the formost figures in European Union security policy, will be a keynote speaker at the ASIS International 7th European Secuirty conference held in Barcelona on 13-16 April 2008.
During this tenure he co-founded the Trans-Atlantic Policy Network, was Chairman of the Atlantic Association of the Netherlands from 1991-1997 and also served as Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Canada between 1989 and 1992. He then became leader of the Liberal and Democratic Group in the Parliament before becoming in 1998, Deputy Minister of the Interior for the Netherlands in The Hague. He left his post in 2002 to serve as Representative of the Government of the Netherlands at the Convention on the Future of the European Union. Prior to becoming Counter Terrorism Coordinator of the EU, he served as Ambassador of the Netherlands with the special assignment of creating a European Foreign Service.
||Mr. De Vries is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Clingendael and Chairman of the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF). Prior to this position he was the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator for the European Union. Following his education he became a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leiden (Netherlands), a position he held from 1981-84. In 1984 he became a member of the European Parliament and remained in this post for the subsequent decade.
|Register now for the Barcelona Pre-Conference Programme
At the 7th European Security Conference , ASIS will offer an extensive pre-conference programme. Three parallel sessions will take place on Sunday 13 April from 15.00-18.00. Registration is required for participation in these sessions and is offered for only EUR 55. To register, please click here. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to participate in one of these sessions, please send an e-mail to Barcelona@asisonline.org
Security Standards Training Session
Dr. Marc Siegel, Roger Warwick CPP
During this three-hour training session members of the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and the ASIS International European Standards Group will show how ISO and CEN standards are evolving by combining both security and quality management principles and procedures.
The session will include:
- the concept of quality management systems
- an overview of internationally recognised standards such as ISO 27001 (Information Security) and ISO28000 (Supply Chain Security) plus an introduction to standards that are being developed, including the ASIS International standard “All Hazards Risk Management” and Societal Security.
- security auditing procedures
Managing Technology Workshop
Mike Tennent, Jon Laws, Phill Boskett and Philip Edwards
The hectic schedule of the modern executive allows little time to absorb and understand today's rapidly evolving technology. This educational workshop provides them with a rare chance to identify, investigate and manually evaluate equipment and services which could determine the success of their business.
This workshop is provided by Tavcom Training. Tavcom Training has no affiliation with any individual manufacturer or supplier, allowing independent presenters to demonstrate and discuss the benefits and limitations of a range of equipment without any bias.
Tavcom’s Director of Training Mr Mike Tennent will be joined by senior tutor and security consultant Eur.Ing. Jon Laws and Mr Phil Boskett, CPP, PSP, a long-standing security practitioner with 25 years of policing and security experience -nationally and internationally.
Although essentially a ‘hands-on’ event, Mike Tennent will give an overview of some of the new technologies arriving on the international scene and will review the night trials recently conducted with 14 major manufacturers at the Tavcom test site. Jon Laws will look at megapixel technology, issues surrounding CCTV digital recording and storage and networking limitations. Phil Boskett will use case studies to comment on some of the operational and management issues arising from the preparation for, use, control and governance of physical security systems.
A ‘Question and Answer’ session will be chaired by Mr Philip Edwards, retired Board Director of the Dixon's Group. This will provide the opportunity to question our panel of experts on matters arising from the presentations and workshop activities. Following the workshop, the equipment will be available for Conference delegates to observe and use for the remainder of the evening.
CPP/PSP/CPI Review Course
Joop Verdonk CPP
As the emphasis on protecting people, property, and information increases, it has made the demand for professional security practitioners even more urgent. To meet these needs, ASIS International administers the following certification programs:
- Certified Protection Professional (CPP™)
This certification designates individuals who have
demonstrated competency in all areas constituting security
- Professional Certified Investigator (PCI™)
Holders of the PCI™ certification have demonstrated
education and/or experience in the fields of case
management, evidence collection, and case presentation.
- Physical Security Professional (PSP™)
The PSP™ designation is the certification for those whose
primary responsibility is to conduct threat surveys, design
integrated security systems that include equipment,
procedures and people, or install, operate and maintain
This short review course will introduce you to the context of certification exams and familiarise you with the type of questions that may be adressed.
|COMMENTARY: Protected Urban Enclaves and Security Control Zones
Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA
CONSULTING ARCHITECT, PARIS
In the aftermath of bombings in London and Madrid, and faced with ongoing threats to civil order, many institutions have conducted security reviews with a view to toughening security-related design and construction standards. Organizations have reviewed and improved emergency procedures. They have updated alarm and notification systems, evacuation plans, chains of command, preparedness, and other aspects of disaster response. These steps should help to improve conditions in future emergencies.
Buildings at the limit?
However, when it comes to beefing up the blast-resistance of exterior walls and glazing systems, or taking other costly approaches to making buildings themselves more resistant, some skepticism is in order.
Even if we could afford to do so (and we probably cannot), is it practical to design buildings to withstand warlike assaults when they are intended to serve peacetime, civilian purposes? The state of the art in security-related design and construction, at least when applied to more or less ordinary buildings, has been pushed just about as far as it is reasonable to go. Threats on the scale of low-level warfare require responses by other means. Required measures may have something to do with building design and construction, insofar as airport access control and tighter restrictions on circulation are concerned. But architecture and design can do little to thwart military-style threats, and it is misguided to place too much stock in "target-hardening" as an approach suited to buildings in urban centers.
The role of urban design
Urban planning and design, however, have great potential to aid in the quest for improving civil security. We can engage directly such questions as how best to design protected urban enclaves and security control zones, or how best to organize and monitor mass transit facilities. Good urban design can also help to foster vigilance and can encourage citizens to take proprietary interest in both public and private spaces. These are essential qualities for secure environments.
Many organizations have found it fastest and easiest to implement procedural changes. Thus, gaining access to many types of buildings has become far more restricted than was once the case. But the "envelope of concern" now extends in many places to surrounding sidewalks, parking areas and streets. Airport-style identity checks and searches have become routine at many building entrances. In cities today, vehicle circulation and parking are tightly restricted—and even pedestrian movements are monitored and controlled.
Protected urban zones
Over time, larger "protected urban enclaves" and "urban security control zones" are likely to emerge. These are center-city areas in which all pedestrians and vehicles are monitored and possibly inspected before they enter. As in classical protected places, sentries may inspect persons before granting access. We already know the face of cities where acts of terror and low-level warfare are almost routine aspects of life: the entry points are few, waiting lines are long, inspections are tough and the uniformed sentries carry arms. Permits may be required for regular vehicular access to such zones, with passes granted only to those having legitimate business.
But think about it. Among many other European cities trying to reduce vehicle parking and congestion in central historic areas, Rome and Paris already employ approaches along these lines. These approaches could be adapted for elevated security purposes; it is not very difficult to envision larger urban districts—and more of them—where persons seeking to enter are required to show a laissez-passer, or to present identification and submit to search.
The perimeters and interiors of such urban control zones do facilitate patrol and policing methods, as well as the use of sophisticated surveillance and monitoring techniques. Special motion-triggered security cameras, for example, are now widely used in many controlled areas. An urban control zone is already in place around the White House in Washington DC. Similar measures are also in place around the Elyseés Palace in Paris, and near the adjacent embassies of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Security-conscious urban design
Urban control zones will probably continue to develop and expand in the world's major cities. Major government agencies, political bodies, police agencies, foreign embassies and public institutions are likely to be concentrated in larger urban control zones; many are already located in protected enclaves. Some private corporations may also wish to be located in such areas. If control zones seem to take on the characteristics of protected places from other cultures and from other eras in history—one thinks, of course, of the walled portions of medieval European cities—they will also need new design approaches and new techniques.
Security-conscious urban design must seek to maintain openness and freedom of movement, never foregoing amenity or visual appeal. Yet urban settings must also be made less vulnerable to attack, easier to monitor and, in a word, safer. Short of building fortifications or imposing martial law, few other means exist through which we can try to cope with—if not always deter—the serious security threats now facing civil society.
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|Policy: TransAtlantic Security
Security decisions cannot avoid economic impact but can EU and US avoid troubling each other? Policy experts are doubtful…
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BRUSSELS – The risk of economic disruption and eroding personal privacy rights will grow if the European Union and United States do not reconcile their different approaches to civil security, argue two EU and US experts well acquainted with the subject. The need for better coordination and consultation is strong, they said.
“Too many security decisions have been dealt with in an ad hoc way [by Brussels and Washington], in reaction to emergency situations,” said Henry Farrell, a professor who follows privacy and data-exchange issues at George Washington University, based in the US capital.
He and fellow panelist, Sophie in’t Veld, Dutch member of the European Parliament, analysed this unwieldy subject during an exchange of views here in late January, entitled “Regulation and national security: creating effective polices across the Atlantic.” The debate was organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a think-tank partially funded by the US government.
The legal uncertainty created by these kinds of decisions and the costs for business “are exploding,” said in’t Veld. “In my own country alone – and we’re a small country – the banking sector said the cost of transferring data to public authorities was EUR 320 million in 2007. That’s a lot of money. European business has been consulted on economic policy issues across the EU but not on security ones. And they should be.”
The European Commission is aware of the problem and is expanding its public-private consultations to the field of civil security policy. However, it only began the process in the last year or so and only for selected topics such as security of conventional explosives sites or critical infrastructure protection. As for US institutions “these will be more difficult to change that those of the EU,” said Farrell. “Congress is very resistant to suggestions it should consult with US partners precisely due to fears about international security.”
The upshot: Public-private forums will surely grow as the consultative norm for setting the right level of security standards on either side of the Atlantic. The EU and US have stepped up consultations in the last year or so to better coordinate homeland security policy, but the talks are subject-specific and do not represent much of an attempt to reconcile divergent views about the economic-vs-security aspects of homeland security policy.
Meanwhile, there is a rising risk that data privacy rights will be undermined inadvertently by bureaucratic momentum and pressure from intelligence agencies in both the EU and US. This means that privacy-enhancing technologies will become more important. Companies capable of delivering secure and discretionary fire-walled data delivery systems should get involved in these public-private consultations or in research projects funded by EU or US public sources.
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|The Privacy and Personnel Information Management Council
Privacy Privacy Privacy
That is what our Council is all about! The protection of information and the rights and responsibilities of the people, businesses and other entities charged with maintaining the confidentiality of that information.
In today’s economy, information has become one of the foremost resources as well as risk areas for businesses, governments and individuals alike. Vast amounts of digital information are being compiled, but are often managed badly. This was illustrated recently by the loss of the personal details of 25m individuals and 7m families by the UK Government. Businesses do not have a better track record. More than 216 million customer records have been exposed or lost in data breaches since 2005.
The Privacy and Personnel Information Management Council (PPIMC) was originally chartered with a focus on the popular topic of preemployment background screening. The onslaught of legislation in the U.S., in particular the Fair Credit Reporting Act as well as state restrictions on the gathering and dissemination of personal information, really precipitated interest in such a Council. And, over the past twenty years, laws which dictate limitations and responsibilities for handling information privacy matters have dramatically grown and evolved in countries around the world. It is truly an international issue with implications for companies who both maintain and use that information
The PPIMC initially focused on employment screening only. Therefore, the term “Personnel Management” grew into being in the Council’s title. However, with the growth of privacy issues in general and the often compromised repositories of information which are the responsibility of companies to guard, the focus has changed….broadened. The PPIMC now has three targeted areas of interest – Preemployment Background Screening, Identity Theft, and Data Privacy Management. The focus is still information privacy but with specific emphasis on the responsibility component of keeping information contained. With the exponential growth of the Internet came the exponential risks and challenges related to managing that privacy. The PPIMC has spearheaded such things as the development of the Guideline for Background Screening and sessions designed to educate ASIS professionals in the issues surrounding information privacy.
In today's flat world, businesses have to operate in an increasingly complex regulatory environment and multiple jurisdictions, especially with regard to privacy and data protection in view of the divergent legislative approaches between the EU and the US. The Council is therefore currently seeking qualified and interested parties from around the globe who will add to that body of information privacy knowledge and broaden its scope. If this is an area of focus aligned with your professional interests, you are encouraged to apply for membership to the PPIMC. Application information can be found at http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dd63vdwz_24d8cbt3tv or you may contact Tim Best, Chairman of the Council directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Help Promote the European Conference in Barcelona - Use the Banners on your website!
ASIS needs your help to make the 7th ASIS International European Conference which will take place in Barcelona on 13-16 April 2008 a succes. Please place the Barcelona banner on your chapter or corporate website and link it to http://www.asisonline.org/education/programs/barcelona/default.htm. Banners can be downloaded here.
Sponsorship packages are still available. Should you wish to sponsor the conference or do you know someone elso who could be interested, please send an email to Barcelona@asisonline.com.
|“Virtual Forum” Is a Big Hit with France Chapter 249
Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA, Secretary, Chapter 249
An international “virtual forum”—a real-time audio-video conference linking security professionals from Mexico City to Paris and from Phoenix to Washington DC—was a real success for about twenty-five members of ASIS International Chapter 249 (France) meeting in Paris.
The group gathered on an evening in February 2008 at the Paris offices of the insurance company Generali to participate in the training forum, which was run from locations in the US and in Mexico. The session went into detail on various approaches to security tracking and metrics at Navistar International, an international manufacturer of trucks and truck equipment. The illustrated, interactive session lasted one hour and forty minutes. Participants in every location submitted both written and oral questions.
The equipment and communications links used for the program—essentially a duplex speakerphone apparatus and a large-format computer projection screen—worked flawlessly, making a real impression on the participants. “It was as if we were all in the same room,” said Gaël Marchand of the Gendarmerie Nationale.
The Chapter 249 president, Antoine Minot of the Maersk shipping company, said the chapter would probably be eager to participate in other “virtual forum” offerings, noting that substantial cost savings could be achieved by pooling resources.
The Chapter also received a live, firsthand preview of the presentation to be delivered in Barcelona next April at the ASIS International European Conference by Chapter vice president Sylvan Ravinet of ORSYP Consulting on the subject of ‘Building Awareness through Security Audits, summing up his firm’s experience with conducting some twenty corporate security evaluations throughout Europe.
The group also heard a presentation on training by Pierre-Antoine Mailfait, commissaire divisionnaire with INHES, the French national security training academy for the Department of Interior. His presentation occasioned lively debate and exchange on the role of government in regulating the private security industry.
|Announcing 2008 Reach Out! Program
Based on the success and excitement generated by ASIS’ Reach Out! Member-Get-a-Member campaign, we’re pleased to announce the continuation of the program in 2008—with even more rewards available!
But first, our sincere thanks to all who participated in the 2007 campaign and congratulations to all those individuals and chapters who earned valuable awards!
We want to encourage you to Reach Out! even more in 2008, and ASIS will reward you for your efforts. The campaign will run from January 1, 2008 through November 30, 2008.
You and your chapter have the potential to earn valuable awards, including:
-Free registration to the 2009 Annual Seminar and Exhibits
- A free Protection of Assets (POA) Manual
- Credits toward ASIS professional development programs’ registration fees or on ASIS-published books
- Cash awards and more
The award structure for individuals and chapters has been updated, and offers even more awards for both, but rewards retention as well as recruitment efforts by chapters. Chapters are encouraged to Reach Out! and Hold On! to the ones you’ve got.
Individual awards are based on the number of new members recruited through November 2008.
Chapter awards are based on NET gain of members through November 2008.
Be sure to review the new award levels here and the updated rules and regulations here.
And remember, as you Reach Out! to colleagues, be sure to ask them to put your name and phone number or employer on the line in the Membership Application that asks: Who introduced you to ASIS? We will do the rest!
View all the Reach Out! program details and Recruiter Kit support materials you can use. Additional materials will be added soon.
Then, start recruiting today!
|Czech Chapter to Co-organise 5th International Security Management Conference
The Czech ASIS International Chapter will again become a professional guarantee of the 5th year of the international Security Management Conference, that has been subtitled “Personnel Security” for this year (www.securitymanagement.cz).
The Conference will be held at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague between 8 and 9 April 2008 under the auspices of the Czech Interior Minister, Mr. MUDr. Mgr. Ivan Langer.
In past years the Security Management Conference has with no doubt become the biggest event of its sort in the Czech Republic – in 2007 around 60 both Czech and foreign professionals contributed with their speeches and were attended by more than 500 participants from security forces, government authorities as well as self-government local bodies, but also from the private sector. This was one of the reasons why the Czech Chapter decided to split the agenda into two days, in between of which an evening social event will take place. At this evening party there will be exclusive opportunities not only to network with other security professionals but you will also see the announcement of winners of the 2nd year of Security Manager 2007 and Security Project 2007 Competition.
The essential function of the Competition is to enhance the security profession by means of appraising personalities and projects that contributed to the refinement of the security industry and security studies in the Czech Republic.
The winner of the last year´s competition was Mr. Petr Lédl, the Security Director of Raiffeisenbank, a.s. and we again expect prestigious nominations for this year. Evaluation of the competition and the winner selection is done by the ASIS International Czech Chapter membership base. The competition prestige and transparency will be guaranteed since the Management Confederation will take part in both the selection of winners and the organisation of the competition. (The Confederation has been in charge of announcing the Manager of the Year competition for 15 years already).
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26-29 February 2008 - SICUR - International Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition, Madrid Spain. Click here for more information. The Spanish Chapter will be present with a booth
2-5 March 2008 - Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals Conference, Lucern - Switzerland. Click here for more information.
13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference - Security: The Essential Corporate Asset - Barcelona, Spain. Click here for more information.
12-15 May 2008 - IFSEC 2008 - NEC, Birmingham UK. The ASIS European Bureau will be exhibiting.
|Chapter and Certification Events
For the latest details visit the European agenda
2 June 2008 in Vienna (2 ½ hours meeting)
17 November in Vienna (a full day event)
11 March 2008 - Business meeting (afternoon) with Crime Control in Het Godshuis, Leemweg 11, B-9980 Sint-Laureins, Belgium
10 & 11 April 2008 - Review CPP & PSP Corsendonk (Belgium)
2 May 2008 - Exam training CPP- 11, Corsendonk (Belgium)
3 May 2008 - Exam CPP/PSP/ PCI, Corsendonk (Belgium)
May 15: Spring meeting (full day) at ICC, The Hague, NL
13 June 2008 - Coaching CPP & PSP, Corsendonk (Belgium)
11 & 12 September 2008 - Review CPP/PSP/PCI, Corsendonk (Belgium)
9 September 2008 - Business meeting (afternoon) at MacTwin, Heteren, NL
12 September 2008 - Coaching CPP & PSP, Corsendonk (Belgium)
31 October 2008 - Exam training CPP & PSP, Corsendonk (Belgium)
31 October 2008 - Coaching CPP & PSP, Corsendonk (Belgium)
1 November 2008 - Exam CPP/PSP/ PCI, Corsendonk (Belgium)
20/21 November 2008 - Fall meeting (full day) at Corsendonk, B
All ASIS Benelux certification events take place at the Priory of Corsendonk, Oud Turnhout, Belgium. Training sessions are organised by the Security College, contact: Mr Joop Verdonk CPP.
1 April 2008 - Networking, Stevns Forte - contact email@example.com
12 June 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
26 August 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
9 October 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
26 November 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
5 February 2009 - General assembly and members meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4 April 2008
16 May 2008
4 July 2008
5 September 2008
31 October 2008
19 December 2008
All meetings take place in the Paris region
April 2008 - Chapter meeting, Halle/Westfalen, Germany - contact email@example.com
July 2008 - Chapter meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2008 - Chaptermeeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
28 February 2008 - Annual meeting -StatoilHydro, Vækerø, Oslo - www.asis.no
28 May 2008 - ASIS Action, Location TBD - www.asis.no
1 September 2008 - ASIS dagene, location TBD - www.asis.no
2 September 2008 - ASIS dagene, Location TBD - www.asis.no
27 November 2008 - Christmas meeting with Lutefisk, Location TBD - www.asis.no
26-29 February 2008 - SICUR International Security, Safety & Fire Exhibition, Madrid
13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference, Barcelona
25 March 2008 - Security technic in the law, Stockholm - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
24 April 2008 - CPTED, Stockholm - contact email@example.com
3 May 2008 - CPP,PSP,PCI Exam, Stockholm - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
22 May 2008 - Weapons and bombs used by terrorists and criminals, Stockholm - contact email@example.com
12 June 2008 - Club evening networking, Stockholm - contact firstname.lastname@example.org 1 and 2 September 2008 - ASIS days Norway
2 October 2008 - Recruiting security, Stockholm - contact email@example.com
23 October 2008 - Transport security, Gothenburg
1 November 2008 - CPP,PSP,PCI Exam, Stockholm - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
22 November 2008 - Investigation, skills and tools, Stockholm - contact email@example.com
4 December 2008 - Pub evening networking, Stockholm - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Exams will take place at the Företagsuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden. For more information, please contact Mr Klas Nilsson CPP PSP PCI email@example.com
18 March 2008 - Certification Dinner, HMS Belfast, London - Contact Donna.Alexander@advancesecurity.co.uk
19 March 2008 - Spring Seminar, Nomura HQ, London - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3 May 2008 - CPP Certification Exam, Streatley, Berks - email@example.com
mid June 2008 - CPP/PSP Study Programmes Begin (Distance Learning) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
26 June 2008 - Summer Seminar, Barings Bank, London - Contact email@example.com
24 September 2008 - Autumn Seminar, Linklater, Silk St, London - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1 November 2008 - CPP and PSP Certification Exams, Streatley, Berks - Contact email@example.com
20 December 2008 - Winter Seminar and AGM, BAT HQ, London - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 UK certification events take place at The Swan at Streatley Hotel, Streatley on Thames, Berkshire. Training sessions are organised by ARC Training International Ltd. For more information contact Mr David Cresswell CPP or Ms Janet Ward