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|EU endorses idea of collecting air passenger data
EU interior ministers have given their general backing to a proposal to collect, store and analyse air passengers' personal data enabling security agencies across Europe to identify high-risk travellers.
||"We reached an agreement on the principle of the European PNR," French interior minister Michele Alliot-Marie said after meeting her colleagues on Thursday 24 July, referring to a system for the collection and analysis of passenger name records suggested by the European Commission in November last year as part of its new anti-terrorism strategy.
People's personal details could form part of an EU-wide database if they fly in the future.
According to the ministerial deal, a number of working groups will be set up in order to look into different aspects of the proposal - including what exact information should be captured and whether the data should come only from foreigners flying to Europe or all passengers.
The duration of retention of personal data and how best to protect them also need to be studies by national experts in consultation with the European Parliament as well as transport sector, the French minister said.
EU home affairs commissioner Jacques Barrot wants the union's air passenger name recording scheme - similar to the controversial US database on European air travellers - to be up and running by the end of 2009.
The Netherlands and the UK have already been testing their own pilot projects.
|USB flash drives: small device, major headache?
EU Agency ENISA advises companies on 12 threats from accidental loss or theft of confidential corporate data on unsecured USB flash drives
In a report issued on 19 June, ENISA, the EU Agency for European Network and Information Security, highlights the potential misuse of USB flash drives to breach security of corporate data or introduce malicious code. The Agency shares good practice in minimising the risk of uncontrolled use of such devices which can cost business anything from €65,000 to €1.6 million per security violation.
Today’s trend of being “always on”, fully mobile and connected has led to the significantly increased use of mobile devices such as notebooks and personal digital assistants. Personal storage devices such as flash drives have become universal business tools in an effort to maintain productivity when out of the office. First marketed in 2000, 85 million USB flash drives were sold in 2007.
And yet these mobile devices often lack security control - 80-90% of USB flash drives sold to business last year were not encrypted – are not stored in a secure location and used without limitation. Despite the fact that they might contain private data, financial information, business plans or other confidential records, ENISA warns that USB flash drives are usually overlooked by corporate policies on audits, back-ups, encryption and asset management.
Often devices are inadvertently lost such as when the UK Revenue and Customs misplaced an unencrypted CD-ROM with the personal details of 25 million taxpayers. In a Datamonitor survey of 1,400 ICT professionals, 60% revealed they had experienced a ‘data leak’, 61% of which believed it to be the work of insiders. More often than not, criminals seek out flash drives as their theft usually goes unreported due to their small size and low cost.
The Executive Director of ENISA, Mr Andrea Pirotti, commented:
“The cost of a USB flash drive may be insignificant but the value of the data it might contain can be priceless. ENISA strongly encourages companies with highly regulated or sensitive data to better manage the use of ‘plug-and-play’ devices. But equally all organisations should establish a first line of defence by increasing awareness of the risks and available safeguards. Data loss is not just a security concern for the IT department but a strategic issue with far-reaching implications for a firm’s future.”
Among its 19 recommendations, the Agency specifically highlights the importance of a risk assessment to understand the costs of data leakage and the controls needed to offset this threat. Companies also need to introduce security policies for these devices and consider authentication and encryption tools.
The full ‘Secure USB Flash Drives’ report is available here.
2008 Trophées de la Securité Privée
Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA
Secretary, ASIS International Chapter 249
Paris - June 2008 — On 16 June some 900 senior professionals from the French private security industry gathered at the historic Théâtre Mogador in Paris for a gala evening to congratulate recipients of the third annual Trophées de la Securité Privée, France’s top private industry awards for distinguished achievements in private security.
The Trophées recognize technological innovations, enlightened human resource policies, effective marketing campaigns, and progressive management practices. The program is sponsored by a half-dozen organizations and companies, including ASIS International. The program was organized and hosted by Patrick Haas, editor of the biweekly industry newsletter En Toute Securité.
The Trophées awards jury – which was headed this year by honorary chairman David Douillet, the French Olympic Gold Medalist – is composed of distinguished senior security industry executives. This year’s jury included ASIS International French Chapter members Léon Jankowski (DHL Logistics) and Yann Prod’homme (Microsoft France).
|Fire Safety Month - A Note from the Fire & Life Safety Council
State-side, October is Fire Safety Month. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor the firefighters in our community and concentrate on emergency evacuation planning, talking to your family about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire in your home.
There is evidence that organized fire fighting dates back to Ancient Egypt. However, the first organized municipal fire brigade in the world was established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1824.
I got to wondering if our friends in Europe have a “Fire Safety Month” to promote fire safety and honor the modern heroes we call, “Firemen.”
Do ASIS Chapters around the world set aside one meeting a year to discuss fire safety, develop evacuation strategies, and honor the fire fighting profession?
Some of the ways that this could be done are:
1. Chapter can set up a meeting dedicated to Fire Safety. Have a fire safety workshop before the meeting, get the Fire Chief in your community be the speaker at a meeting, or recognize a firefighter or two who have performed some outstanding heroic act during the past year.
2. As a Security Manager, take the Fire Chief, Fire Marshall and Section Chief to lunch.
3. Many companies have a daycare facility as a part of their campus. As a security manager you can arrange to have a local fire station visit the daycare so the kids can see a fire truck up close. Also, see if one of the firefighters can dress in full bunker gear and let the kid see what it looks like. In case there is a fire, a firefighter’s entrance into a smoky bedroom wearing their face-mask can be scary to a child who has never seen the gear. A frightened child might hide instead of being rescued by the fireman when surprised by such an apparition.
The Fire & Life Safety Council will have a booth at the Annual Seminar & Exhibits in Atlanta. I would like for members from the International Community to visit our booth and let us know if your country has a month or week dedicated to “Fire Safety.” If you can’t make it to Atlanta, send me an e-mail.
E. Floyd Phelps
Fire & Life Safety Council
|C•CURE® Independent User Group Launched
We often hear about end user groups established by manufacturers, and without doubt they serve a purpose, but are they really independent or are they just a forum for manufacturers? There is a new and growing band of people who are truly independent of the manufacturer and are managing to not only prove their value to the manufacturer but also integrators and of course other end users.
The C•CURE User Group is a new entity that purposely relates to Tyco International’s Software House® product, the C•CURE 800 Access Control & Security Management System, and is aimed at the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) end user base. It has been developed expressly to provide a conduit for the all too often-understated "voice of the customer" and augment the C•CURE community.
The User Group is run by professionals whose companies are willing to allow their time to be given as they recognize the benefits to their own businesses and the help it will bring to all C•CURE® users.
If you are a C•CURE user and would like to find out more about this free group, then either go to their web site at www.ccureusergroup.com or contact their Chairperson, Bob Martin via e-mail CCURE@RFMSolutions.co.uk.
|ASIS International in the news in Europe
Security Oracle: ASIS International European Security Conference
CCTVInfo.com: ASIS International Announces Call for Presentations for its 8th European Security Conference
Security Info Watch: ASIS seeks presentations for European security conference
Security World Hotel: ASIS is accepting submissions for presentations for European security conference
Security Management Today and Info4Security: ASIS calls for 2009 Swiss Conference papers
Zabezpieczenia: ASIS International przyjmuje zgoszenia prezentacji na 8. Europejsk Konferencjê Zabezpieczeñ
|Be a Speaker in Montreux 2009!
You are invited to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation at the ASIS International 8th European Security Conference in Montreux. This is your opportunity to shape the programme by sharing your knowledge and expertise with other security professionals from around the globe. The Cconference will cover the entire spectrum of security topics ranging from supply chain security, loss prevention, and piracy to terrorism, executive protection, intellectual property rights, and more. To submit an abstract, please visit: http://asis.confex.com/asis/2009/cfp.cgi.
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 October 2008.
On the shore of Lake Geneva only one hour from the airport, Montreux is the ideal resort location for leisure and business travelers. The region is called the "Swiss Riviera" thanks to its mild microclimate and tropical vegetation. The outstanding Belle Epoque architecture includes deluxe and first-class hotels situated in a breathtaking environment enhanced by the lake, palm trees, vineyards, mountains, and glacier. The famous Casino Barrière de Montreux, fun theme parks, international festivals, wellness centers, and worldwide reputation make Montreux the perfect location for the ASIS European Security Conference.
For further information, please contact:
ASIS International European Bureau
Tel: +32 2 645 26 74
Fax: +32 2 645 26 71
15-18 September 2008 - ASIS 2008, 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits - Atlanta GA, USA. Click here for more information.
30 September - 3 October 2008 - SKYDD 08 - Stockholm, Sweden
4-7 October 2008 - 4th Annual Retail Loss Prevention Europe - Central London, UK. Click here for more information
|Chapter and Certification Events
For the latest details visit the European agenda
17 November 2008 - Vienna (a full day event)
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.
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
5 September 2008 - chapter meeting
31 October 2008 - chapter meeting
1 November 2008 - CPP, PSP exams - Paris (unique site in front of the Eiffel Tower! Contact Sylvan Ravinet, PSP, certifications VP: email@example.com)
19 December 2008 - chapter meeting
To attend a chapter meeting and meet us when visiting Paris: contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (both French and English presentations are given) All meetings take place in the Paris region
July 2008 - Chapter meeting, location tbd - contact email@example.com
November 2008 - Chaptermeeting, location tbd - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
24 September 2008 - Education Day, three education sessions followed by lunch and a afternoon event (location TBA as we awaiting confirmation)
30 October 2008 - Chapter meeting / educational sessions
1 November 2008 - we intend to facilitate CPP and PCI Examinations. We also intend to hold two study days to assist candidates with examination preparation - candidates are welcome please contact John Mulligan CPP
28 November 2008 - AGM followed by lunch
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
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
3 September 2008 - Celebrating 25 years of chapter 160 with Pius Segmüller, Head of Security at FIFA - FIFA Convention Centre, Restaurant Sonnenberg, Zurich www.asisonline.ch
5 November 2008 - Fachmeeting V/08, Zug- www.asisonline.ch
3 December 2008 - European Advisory Council Meeting - Montreux (by invitation only)
4 Decemner 2008 - Montreux Programme Committee meeting - Montreux (by invitation only)
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 November 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