Welcome to the 42nd 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!
Copy deadlines for the next issues have been fixed at the third Monday of every month. The deadline for the next issue is 18 February 2008.
|Register for Bacelona is Now Open!
Join hundreds of your colleagues and peers in Barcelona for ASIS’ 7th European Security Conference. Developed by and for security professionals, high-quality presentations cover the entire spectrum of the most important security topics and emerging issues facing you today.
You willl share experiences, best practices, and ideas with people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. You’ll connect with leaders from around the globe and discover how they are confronting today’s critical challenges.
This year’s conference also will include sessions dedicated to the benefits of international standards and European Union (EU) security policy issues.
Registration is now open. Click here for more information.
|Announcing 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.
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.
|"Europe at Risk of Becoming 'Platform' for Terrorism", Says Chertoff
US homeland security chief Michael Chertoff has told the BBC’s World News America that the biggest security threat to his country may now come from within Europe. Mr Chertoff said he had seen "home-grown terrorism begin to rise in Europe".
Citing the deadly bomb attacks in Madrid in 2004 and in London in 2005, Chertoff said that the US would likely step up security checks on travellers from Europe. The Associated Press reports that the US has no plans to scrap the visa waiver scheme but that it may require passengers to register online before travelling.
Chertoff said that most people can now enter the US without being screened and therefore wants tighter security measures to be imposed. The BBC quotes Chertoff as saying that militant attacks and plots in Europe over recent years had made the US aware of the "real risk that Europe will become a platform for terrorists".
EU security commissioner Franco Frattini has said he shares concerns recently expressed in Washington that Europe could become a platform for terrorist threats against the United States.
"We are in a war situation - as in the United States," Mr Frattini told the BBC, referring to the phenomenon of home-grown terrorism in Europe. "Day after day, we discover cells of terrorists," he added.
According to the commissioner, 50 terror attacks were foiled in the EU bloc last year, but the terrorist profile is changing.
The would-be attackers appear to increasingly have been born in the union's territory, be well educated, well integrated, but still willing to become suicide bombers.
Washington is understandably concerned, the Italian commissioner concluded.
Sources: EUObserver.com, BBCnews.com
|An EU Equivalent to the US Department of Homeland Security?
Not so far-fetched, given the new Lisbon Treaty’s implications
Content provided by SECURITY EUROPE
BRUSSELS – Is the time ripe to think about rationalising how civil security and justice/home affairs (JHA) policy within the EU is generated? According to some EU insiders, industry sources and diplomats, the answer is: yes. And it could mean reorganising how the European Commission tackles civil security policy, either by streamlining the number of directorates-general (DGs) involved or even designating a single DG with overall responsibility.
“I would say there are a number of things simmering at this point,” one industry executive with good access to key EU civil security officials, told SECURITY EUROPE, “including the idea of a one-stop shop for civil security policy within the Commission. It would make sense, wouldn’t it?”
EU decision-making rules for security and defence policy will see a dramatic transformation once the reforms of the new Lisbon Treaty, finalised in December, enter into force in 2009. Essentially, the treaty will shift most JHA decisions away from unanimous approval within the Council to majority vote, thus vastly expanding and accelerating collective policy in these areas.
It will also change and expand the role within the Council of the EU’s current High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy by giving its holder two hats to wear at once: vice-president of the European Commission for external affairs, and ‘super-minister’ when national foreign ministers meet. This cross-institutional arrangement is where things get potentially interesting for the future of EU security.
“I expect to see from 2009 onward not only the super foreign minister but also a deputy who would have the portfolio for security and defence,” said the industry executive, adding that the impact on the Commission itself “could lead to the creation of a security DG, or at least an important ‘sub-DG’ responsible for security and maybe even certain aspects of defence.”
The upshot: Logic dictates that a single DG or EU official responsible for civil security in all its aspects would provide a more effective coordinating link to the Council and thus to national civil security operational and investment decisions, not to mention a one-stop shop for European industry and the international political community. It would also help reconcile the gap between the EU’s externally oriented defence policy and its internally oriented civil security agenda, at least in terms of risk-assessment, operational planning and research priorities.
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|Be a Sponsor in Barcelona!
ASIS is proud to present the exclusive Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities at the 7th European Security Conference taking place in Barcelona, Spain on 13-16 April 2008.
The theme of the conference will be “Security: The Essential Corporate Asset” and will feature more than 33 high-level educational sessions from international security experts on subjects ranging from intelligence gathering and travel security , to international standards and IPR issues in China.
The following sponsors have already been confirmed for this year; ADT / Tyco, Diebold, Entelec, HID, Nedap AEOS, Metodo3, Vance, etc, as well as numerous exhibitors.
Several high-visibility sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please click here to download the sponsorship and exhibition package and contact the ASIS International European Bureau at Barcelona@asisonline.org for package availability. Please note that tailor-made sponsorship solutions are also possible.
ASIS International’s 7th European Security Conference Highlight’s.
- 500-700 Management level delegates
- Unrivalled networking opportunities with industry peers.
- “Who is who” of the European security industry.
- Up-to-date information, incl., best practices, new technologies, standards and emerging trends.
- 33 High level educational sessions
- 4 keynote speakers
- World largest professional society for security professionals
|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.
|The Austrian Chapter's One-day Meeting in November 2007
By Werner Preining, CPP
Chair Austrian Chapter 107
The Austrian Chapter 107 met on November 26th 2007 at the head-office of the OMV enterprise, Austria’s Oil Industry conglomerate in Vienna, for a full day meeting.
With members and invited guest a total number of 16 was reached.
The day was covered with several high-calibre presentations. One of the high-lights was a very well prepared introduction into the exploration- and production business of OMV in several countries around the globe. To guarantee a successful overall operation in places were different state-forms than the western type of democracy are present, security measurements need not only to carefully consider different cultures but also to involve local communities into well planned activities to avoid for example a huge shrinkage. Mutual respect for negotiated “treaties with tribes”, a good knowledge of local customs, a.s.o., is as important as a thorough briefing for expatriate personnel about the does and don’t within the guest country. Paul Reither, responsible for corporate OMV security outside Austria, was able to draw a vivid picture about successful security operations under difficult conditions. Those present were thankful for this important in-sight.
Werner Preining gave a brief presentation about the benefits of ASIS. It was followed by a short ASIS business meeting were all necessary tasks for 2008 were presented and voted. Thanks to the good advance-work and well prepared topics by the executive committee (Michael Mater, Paul Reither and Stefan Berlin), the business part was completed within the allocated time-frame.
After a delicious lunch buffet and the opportunity for the important task of networking, Mr. Langer from the FH (Fachhochschule) Campus Wien gave a general layout of his institution. The presentation culminated in the introduction of a new course called “integrated security management”. An interest for a cooperation with ASIS was mentioned.
Finally, upon several request from the group, Werner Preining gave a presentation about actual methods of eavesdropping and how to safeguard within an office environment against it. He used a PowerPoint presentation with about 125 slides from a recently completed project, but duly sanitized.
All attendees agreed that the event was one of the best meetings with a very high educational value they had lately attended. Werner Preining once again thanked all for coming, the OMV for hosting us at their facility and his executive committee for their dedicated work in 2007.
|Information Security: Much More than Passwords and Firewalls
By Ofer Bar
Classified information, in the wrong hands, can create irreparable damage to an organization's operations, reputation and financial status. When the stakes are high, competitors are willing to go to great lengths to obtain privileged information concerning, for example, participation in large-scale tenders, development plans, new products, advertising campaigns, security arrangements protecting dignitaries, etc. To do so, they employ a variety of industrial espionage methods and utilize diverse means and measures – from the most technologically sophisticated, to the most mundane.
Technological advancements and groundbreaking electronic miniaturization present a complex challenge to organizations endeavoring to protect their assets. Devices that were once massive and exceedingly expensive, and were therefore accessible to only a limited few, have become not only minute and affordable, but more effective in penetrating existing defenses; they are now utilized by an increasing number of adversaries to collect confidential information. These new developments require the implementation of diverse security means and measures to counteract attempts to gain access to classified data. While some of these are extremely costly and essential, they do not necessarily close all the security gaps and prevent information leakage.
Information security systems
Security systems designed to protect organizations' information assets encompass a wide range of means and measures, including:
• Physical security means
• Security manpower
• Security for senior executives and key personnel
• Work procedures dealing with security issues
• Data security: computers, telephony, debugging, etc.
• Employee reliability checks
• Loss prevention
• And more
The type and precise mix of security measures and means is determined after conducting a comprehensive threat and risk assessment, which serve to identify each organization's specific needs.
This article will focus on only two elements – one that is, as yet, unknown to many; and another, whose importance is often underestimated
Innovative technological means
Organizations recognize the importance of securing offices and conference rooms, including communication lines serving key position holders, and often implement appropriate measures to do so. However, the increasingly prevalent use of cellular phones leaves many privileged conversations unprotected and vulnerable to information predators. Newly developed technologies and products, the existence of which remains unknown too many, have overcome previous drawbacks of prohibitive costs, use of specialized encryption devices, disconnected calls, low level of reliability and user unfriendliness. They are now widely available for purchase from select security providers, enabling to close this significant security gap and prevent the exposure of valuable data. They include:
• Highly effective, reliable and affordable encryption software developed specifically for cellular phones;
• Devices that disrupt and prevent RF transmission;
• Devices that prevent cellular transmission from the organization's facilities or specific zones (i.e., not affecting all the communications at the offices).
The recording means used for documenting calls and meetings, as well as for monitoring protected zones and contact persons (both intra- and extra-organizational) has also been significantly upgraded, and now include:
• Miniature cameras with optional audio recording; these even allow recording audio and video input using a vehicle's remote control;
• Recording of conversations (including on cellular phones) using a unique cellular device developed in Israel, with those present unable to detect that recording is in progress (the cellular phone continues to operate normally);
• Permanent installation of high quality, yet low cost audio and video equipment in conference rooms;
• Computerized, high capacity data storage systems with IP remote vision.
Additional technologies and devices that are now available on the market and are widely accessible also include means that prevent the removal of electronic media or the burning of privileged information by the organization's users, and software that protects specific databases, among others.
The author is a co-CEO and director of M.L.M. Protection Ltd., Israel.
|ASIS Presents Second Asia Pacific Conference
ASIS International will hold its second Asia Pacific conference in Singapore from 11 – 13 February 2008 at the Raffles City Convention Centre.
ASIS successfully held its inaugural Asia Pacific Conference on 5 – 7 February 2007 at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore. It was attended by some 350 delegates which included security professionals, corporate executives, consultants and law enforcement officials from more than 30 countries. The Guest of Honour was Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, and the keynote speakers were Mr Khoo Boon Hui, Singapore’s Police Commissioner, and Ms Claire Chiang, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd.
Following this success, the second ASIS International Security Conference, themed “Dynamic Solutions for Emerging Challenges”, is expected to be attended by some 500 delegates. The conference will feature 27 high-level educational sessions.
The upcoming conference will feature keynote speakers including Guest of Honour, Mr S. Iswaran, Minister of State for Trade and Industry; Mr Jack Chang, Senior IP Counsel, Asia, General Electric Company and Chairman of the Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC), China; and Dr Rohan Gunaratna, Founder and Head of Singapore’s International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
For further information or registration, visit www.asisonline.org
|ASIS International Turkey Chapter Wins Another Honourable Mention for their Website
Timothy L . Williams CPP, the President of ASIS International announced during the Annual Meeting of the Membership in Alexandria on January 17th that the Turkish Chapter was again awarded a honourable mention for their website which can be visited at: www.asistr.org
Congratulations to all who have contributed to the Turkish website!
5-7 February 2008 - ASIS International Security Conference - Risks and Opportunities in the Asia-Pacific Region - Singapore. Click here for more information.
26-26 February 2008 - SICUR - Internationa Security, Safety and Fire Exhibition, Madrid Spain. Click here for more information. The Spanish chapter will be presenta with a booth
19-21 February 2008 - East-West Institute's 5th Global Security Conference - Brussels, Belgium. Click here for more information. (attendance is free of charge) ASIS Board Member Eduard Emde CPP will be speaking and the European Bureau will be present with a booth.
26-27 February 2008 - Internal Loss Prevention Europe 2008 - London, UK. Click here for more information.
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.
|Chapter and Certification Events
For the latest details visit the European agenda
4 February 2008 in Vienna (2 ½ hours meeting)
2 June 2008 in Vienna (2 ½ hours meeting)
17 November in Vienna (a full day event)
15 February 2008 - Coaching CPP- 11, Corsendonk (Belgium)
11 March 2008 - Business meeting (afternoon) with Crime Control in Corsendonk, B
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.
5 February 2008 - General assembly and members meeting; fraud and money laundring Casino, Copenhagen - contact email@example.com
1 April 2008 - Networking, Stevns Forte - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12 June 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
26 August 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9 October 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
26 November 2008 - Members meeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
5 February 2009 - General assembly and members meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
13 February 2008
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2008 - Chapter meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
November 2008 - Chaptermeeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
19 February 2008 - Annual meeting, Stockholm - contact email@example.com
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