June 2007
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Welcome to the 35th 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 16 July 2007.


First-time Executive Protection Professional Development  Programme held in Brussels

Joop F. Verdonk CPP
Chairman of the European Educational Subcommittee
Managing Director Security College BV

Around 75 participants from 16 different countries (even an Australian representative was present) gathered early in the morning on June 21 2007 at the auditorium of Belgacom in Brussels to attend the first European Professional Development Programme of ASIS International in Europe on Executive Protection.

Rene Schwarzenbach & Joop Verdonk

Chairman of the European Educational Subcommittee Joop F.Verdonk CPP opened the session by introducing the Experts who would highlight the topics on ‘the modern Art of Executive Protection’.

As the day enrolled lively discussions between the experts and the audience came into existence. According to the evaluations this first ‘try- out’ turned out to be a great success and proved that this formula should be repeated next year.

For more information on the programme and more photographs of the day, click here

Compliance to anti-terrorism measure Authorised Economic Operator can provide logistic benefits 

Michel de Jong, MSc, CPP, CFE, FIISec.
Senior Manager 
Ernst & Young Security Advisory Services 
The Hague, The Netherlands

Supply chain security has been developing since 9/11. C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is operational since November 2001 to prevent that means are smuggled into the United States that can be used for large-scale attacks. Europe is now launching its own initiative.

Prompted by repeated threats of terrorism, the European Commission has agreed with major trading partners that EU supervision on flows of goods must be significantly improved. This has resulted in the launch of an ‘eCustoms offensive’, aimed at building safer, interactive and accessible electronic customs systems, which should result in:
1. customs procedures becoming more efficient;
2. lower administrative expenses;
3. trade support;
4. better security and safety;
5. improved safeguarding of the environment and consumers.

In the near future, the European customs administrations will exercise their supervisory duties in a completely different manner. Their supervision will be based primarily on the use of computerized systems. All enterprises operating in the links of the European supply chain will have to submit to this system. For this reason, it is important for entities to qualify as an Authorised Economic Operator, as AEO status brings significant benefits.

Changes in customs supervision
With effect from 1 July 2009, the European Commission will introduce customs controls on the basis of a sophisticated and computerized risk assessment system, termed the Common Risk Management System. In anticipation of this, the European Commission is taking the following measures:
- With effect from 1 July 2007, EU-based exporters are obliged to use the Export Control System (ECS), which enables various customs offices to share information electronically.
- The European Commission is developing a pre-arrival and pre-departure notification system, which communicates goods information with customs offices before arrival and before departure. This electronic data flow enables the customs authorities to perform a risk assessment in good time.
- As at 1 January 2008, the Community Customs Code will contain rules requiring economic operators’ computerized systems to be in line with the customs authorities’ computerized risk assessment system by 1 July 2009.
- To safeguard data integrity in the Common Risk Management System, economic operators must provide reliable data. For this purpose, the European Commission will set AEO guidelines in the Community Customs Code.

AEO status
All EU-based economic operators will be able to opt for AEO status with effect from 1 January 2008. Eligibility for AEO status will be open to all the links in the supply chain, i.e. manufacturers, exporters, forwarding agents, bonded-warehousing companies and importers.

Three categories of AEO status will be available, which are:
1. AEO Customs Simplifications;
2. AEO Security and Safety;
3. a combination of these two categories.

The exact details of these categories are currently under development. In general terms, however, it would seem that the first category will be similar to the criteria that currently apply to customs authorizations (such as segregation of duties and sound record-keeping). For the second category, criteria will be developed in the area of control and security.

AEO impact
According to recent estimates, some 6,000 enterprises in the Netherlands will be eligible for AEO status. In large European countries, such as the United Kingdom and Germany, some 30,000 and 65,000 trade partners, respectively, will be eligible.
AEO status will have a significant impact both on the supply chain and on individual economic operators. Published guidelines indicate interaction with business processes related to logistics, security and safety, internal financial control and IT systems.

Enterprises wishing to qualify for AEO status must demonstrate they satisfy a large number of criteria, which include requirements in the following areas:
• historical tax compliance;
• internal control systems;
• solvency;
• security and safety track record.

The benefits of AEO will be noticeable as soon as the computerized import and export systems become operational. Computerized risk profiles will make it less likely that goods flows of AEO-certified enterprises are selected for control. Furthermore, the EU is expected to enter into bilateral agreements with other countries, which means AEO status will become a quality mark in the global supply chain.

Customs authorities will be able to devote their attention to risky freight and questionable parties in the supply chain. This will undoubtedly improve the effectiveness of their operations. Companies can use the AEO Programme to become really ‘in control’ of security. This will decrease the chance of victimization of criminal or even terrorist acts.

It remains to be seen if international terrorism is dealt a severe blow through the introduction of C-TPAT and AEO. Parties in the supply chain will however undoubtedly enjoy the ‘collateral benefits’ of greater efficiency and better security.

The Regulation of Manned Private Security: A Transnational Survey of Structure and Focus 

Jorma Hakala
Chairman of Securitas Oy (Finland)
Committee Member of ASIS Finland Chapter 210

The purpose of this article is to present a summary of transnational data on private secu-rity regulation and a profile of an average statutory regulation ‘package’. This data is to be used as reference and comparison material in future research and as basic knowledge in the ongoing debates concerning private security governance. The lack of reliable facts and figures has been and is typi-cal in any discussions of the industry. This has led to decision making without sufficient knowledge of the industry and the effects of statutory regulation on it. The lack of research has shown itself both in a shortcoming of methodologies to collect this kind of data and in the number of publica-tions. The survey in this study covers 40 regulatory regimes with a main focus on the EU states. The results include basic information of the administrative structures and contents of the statutory pri-vate security regulation of commercial manned services. The results indicate that there is in the ma-jority of countries included in this research study a government controlled regulatory system. The more detailed analysis of the data emphasise a strong law enforcement (policing) aspect in the ad-ministration of the existing statutory regulation. The significance of licensing as the method of con-trol is stressed by the results. They also show that there is a clear core group of elements regulated in a majority of the regulatory regimes included in this study. No striking differences between the statutory regulations of EU and other regulatory regimes could be noticed. Even so the EU states seem to have slightly more mature and comprehensive culture of regulation.

Click here to download the complete article.

Spanish Chapter Activities

Juan Amoros
Pyrenees SA
Spanish Chapter 143 Committee Member

On June, 14th, the Spanish Chapter organised a technical session about Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). We wanted inform our members and guests, about new technologies in closed circuit television and how that new technologies have an impact on privacy.For this last reason we invited to participate people with responsabilities and knowledge about privacy and personal data protection laws.

 D. Rafael Navarro García, Commissioner Spanish Police   D.Ignacio García Belenguer, Spanish  Privacy and Personal Data Protection Agency
 D. Antonio Troncoso (Spanish  Privacy and Personal Data Protection Agency) and Fernando Marinas (Spanish Chapter President) Logo and information showed in an area with CCTV

In Spain, new regulations about Privacy and personal data protection, require that private and public zones with cameras, must show information about this fact.

We were also looking for expert opinions from the legal sector. At the session we had a lawyer who explained how new Spanish regulations on closed circuit TV must be implemented.

Dª. Ana Marzo and D.Carlos Saiz, lawyers

At the session we had a security manager who explained how he uses his CCTV installations. He was an interesting speaker because, he is a security manager at one of the largest hospitals in Madrid.

D. Carlos Ruiz Vilumbrales, Security manager, 12h October hospital

At the end of the session, vendor companies AXIS, PELCO and Albatros Data Protection, showed us how their new technologies couls help us. About fourty people were present at the meeting.

Eurowatch: European Parliament backs biometrics visa database  

The European Parliament, on 7 June 2007, backed proposals to set up a European Visa Information System (VIS), set to be the world's largest biometric database, Euractiv.com reports.

The VIS, which will be the world's largest biometric database, with 70 million sets of fingerprints, aims principally to improve the management and security of EU visa-issuing procedures by allowing all relevant authorities in Schengen states to pool information, as well as fighting terrorism and other serious crime by allowing police and Europol to have supervised access. Despite the difficulties associated with such complex legislative measures, agreement has been reached between the Council and the Parliament in a single reading.

The House also debated cross-border co-operation with a focus on the VIS. On behalf of the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP backed a regulation setting up a database allowing EU states to exchange data on short-stay visas and visa applications from non-EU citizens who wish to enter the EU's Schengen area.

The German EU Presidency wants the European Council to adopt the Prüm Treaty (a police co-operation deal signed in 2005 by seven member states (Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria and Belgium, with the UK government and Italy broadly supportive) into EU law.

Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP said: "The agreement I have reached with the German Presidency is sound and balanced...The Council must transform these words into deeds and deliver satisfactory agreement on these important measures. We cannot afford to take risks with big biometric schemes like this, as the potential consequences of misuse or abuse would deeply undermine civil liberties."

Ludford also insisted that "the VIS is a border-management system and its principle is not to combat terrorism and crime. Let us remember that 99.9% of visitors to the EU are legitimate travellers who do not have any connection with criminality whatsoever, nor indeed do illegal immigrants or unauthorised entrants."

Portuguese Socialist MEP Fausto Correia, who presented a report on data sharing between police forces, said: "We have tried to find a balance between the needs of efficient co-operation between EU police forces in the fight against terrorism and organised crime on the one hand while on the other guaranteeing the protection of people's fundamental rights. The inclusion of the Prüm Treaty in EU law, and its extension, must preserve the confidentiality of personal data. Information about ethnic origins, sexual orientation or health should be dealt with only in cases of absolute necessity."

UK Socialist MEP Michael Cashman agreed: "I welcome the adoption of this report after long and complex negotiations. I believe the final agreement represents a balanced and constructive approach. It will enable our member states to record and exchange information regarding visa applications in a more coherent way whilst at the same time ensuring applicants' rights are protected. On biometrics, it is essential for the EU to take a coherent position on this issue. Technologies such as biometrics can and will improve our security without infringing on our civil liberties if properly and appropriately used. We must embrace this technology rather than shy away from it."

British Conservatives, however, have condemned the reports as an invasion of privacy rights, and have called on UK government to opt out. Conservative Justice and Home Affairs Spokesman MEP Philip Bradbourn said: "The implications...are far-reaching and will affect all EU citizens. To give just one example, the provisions of this Treaty could mean that data be shared and exchanged on all EU citizens regardless of whether they are suspected or convicted of a crime.

Bradbourn added: "Overall this...is a classic example of where a few member states are trying to impose their system on all member states. The eight countries signed up to the Prum Treaty are now trying to foist it upon the rest."

European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx expressed his own concern: "The circle of data subjects that can be included in this system is not limited to data of persons suspected or convicted of specific crimes."

Useful links

European Parliament: EU visa information system to help prevent visa shopping

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

Source: Euractiv.com

Eurowatch: European Commission steps up fight against online crime

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on combatting various kinds of criminal activities committed using the internet.

The Communication "Towards a general policy on the fight against cyber crime", adopted by the 27 Commissioners on 22 May 2007, addresses different kinds of criminal activity taking place on the internet:

Child pornography and paedophilia
According to Commissioner Frattini, this criminal phenomenon has increased by 1500% percent between 1997 and 2005. At the same time, the internet grew by 2700%.

The construction of 'botnets'
Online thugs infect computers with malicious software that turns them into nodes of networks that are being used for sending out spam or covering up criminal activity. Frattini says that 750,000 computers a year are infected in Germany alone. He mentioned figures of German police authorities which seem to indicate that this kind of activity increased by 11% during the second semester of 2006. 93% of computers affected are those of home users, who are generally more vulnerable due to insufficent protection mechanisms such as firewalls and anti-virus software.

Online fraud
The practice of phishing, where spoofed emails and websites are used to trick consumers into giving away data that can be used for stealing their money online, is increasing. Frattini cited figures from the UK, which indicate that bank fraud in that country has increased by 8000% within the past 2 years. He said that two criminal groups involved in online fraud being investigated currently have made profits exceeding US$100 million.

Frattini said: "These figures show why we need a European common approach."

The Commission Communication proposes the following measures:

- Improved European law enforcement co-operation, in particular reinforcing the structures for operational law enforcement cooperation;
- increased European public-private cooperation, starting with "a major conference to consider how cooperation can be strengthened";
- International cooperation, building on international initiatives such as Interpol, the Council of Europe or the G 8 Roma-Lyon High-tech crime group, and;
- Legislation.  Frattini said: "We don't have a legal basis to take a legislative initiative. We do have a legal basis to propose a legislative intitiative on identity theft, and we will do so in 2008."

Useful Links

European Commission: Communication "Towards a general policy on the fight against cyber crime"

Commission (press release): Defining the Commission's global policy on the fight against cyber crime (22 May 2007)

Source: Euractiv.com

ENISA and ITU launching new portal: for the first time giving Europe a single access point for IT security standards

ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) and ITU (international Telecoms Union) are launching the ICT Security Standards Roadmap. The project was initiated by the ITU Telecommunication Standardisation Sector (ITU-T). From the beginning of this year, it became a collaborative effort between ENISA, ITU-T, and the Network and Information Security Steering Group (NISSG).

ENISA together with the ITU, is launching a new portal for IT security standards, for the first time giving Europe one, single access point for IT security standards.

“The Security Standards Roadmap is a repository for recent activities in Network and Information Security (NIS) standardisation”, Alain Esterle, Head of the Technical Department at ENISA commented. “It contains an extensive list of key standardisation organisations and their description, a list of standards published by those organizations (also available according to a topical categorisation). In a later version, we will also look at their on-going standardisation work.’ continues Elisabetta Carrara, Expert at ENISA

“Such a central information system on IT security standards did not exist before”, emphasises Mr. Andrea Pirotti, Executive Director of ENISA. “For the first time, IT security vendors, service providers, developers, researchers and the interested public have standards at their fingertips, with one common user interface”.

One of the objectives of this security standards portal is to provide a central tracking facility for NIS standards. It facilitates identification of standards and standardisation activities, as well as coordination among standardisation bodies, reduction of duplicate work and easier identification of existing gaps.

This security standards portal is now launched in a first version. It will be further updated and enlarged, with the ambition of making it a comprehensive tool to favour NIS standardisation.

The security standards portal is hosted by ITU-T at http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/studygroups/com17/ict/

For more information, please refer to http://www.enisa.europa.eu/pages/technologies

 Source: ENISA

Czech Chapter Organises Prevention and Internal Investigation of Employee Crime

Ing. Viktor Krištof
ASIS International - Czech Republic Chapter (252)

Within its life-long educational programs, the Police Academy of Czech Republic and the Czech Chapter of ASIS International introduced a new course named Prevention and Internal Investigation of Employee Crime. The course was held on 16th and 17th May 2007. Its 19 participants, security professionals and leaders from large International companies such as the Czech Arms Factory, Coca Cola Beverages Czech Republic s.r.o. , ASUS Czech s.r.o, DHL Express (Czech Republic) s.r.o., T-Mobile Czech Republic a.s. etc.) took part in lectures on various issues related to investigation and crime prevention.

The participants had the opportunity to visit a real criminalistic laboratory displaying the reconstructions of the most puzzling crimes.

Because of the success of the course and interest shown by other companies we are considering the possibility of running the course again. As requested by the course participants, we are preparing a more specific follow-up course.

Benelux Chapter Present at Seminar “Securing your Business in the US”

Jack Valk MSc, CPP, CFE
Security Development Director
DHL Worldwide Network NV

On May 3rd and 4th 2007 Kusters Engineering organized the “Securing your business in the US ” seminar for Dutch companies in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, US Embassy, General Dynamics and other American specialists about how to access the US Security, Intelligence and Defense market.

Jack Valk & Jeroen Kusters

This seminar was held in the Chateau de Holtmuhle in Tegelen, The Netherlands and was a great success. People from various companies attended this seminar. ASIS Europe Benelux was invited to attend and to have a stand at the seminar to promote ASIS, memberships and professional development. Cees van der Giessen CPP and Jack Valk MSc, CPP, CFE volunteered for this and both answered many questions from the attendees on ASIS activities, memberships and training and development. Both were enthousiastic about such an opportunity and felt this should be done more often to promote our organization.

Finnish Chapter Meeting

The Finnish chapter seminar took place as planned on 23 May in Kerava. The event was hosted by the Eastern Regional Alarm Control Centre that was located underground.

Simon Scales, Deputy Director Global Security & Compliance for the TNT Express and a member of the ASIS UK Chapter gave a presentation about fraud in general and how it is managed by TNT Express.

Chapter Chairman Timo Sankari presented membership certificates to our newest member. After the seminar a get together was organised in the only Finnish Ice bar. On the photo we can see TNT Finnish security team of whom all are also members of ASIS Finland chapter. From the left to right is mr.Thomas Schmiedeke, mr.Simon Scales, mr.Petri Kelo and mr.Tapani Ahlqvist.

Eurowatch: EU's Counter-terror group to face scrutiny  

The EU is exploring ways to increase the accountability of an obscure "working group" called "Clearing House," which sees EU member state secret service agents meet regularly in Brussels to share counter-terrorism intelligence, EUObserver.com writes.

The group - which was set up in reaction to the 9/11 attacks in the US - is part of the EU's common foreign and security policy branch, with a December 2001 EU "common position" mandating that "information shall be exchanged between member states" to help curb terrorist financing.

Clearing House does not appear on any official EU listings of "working groups" - standard meetings of mid-ranking EU diplomats, which pre-agree EU decisions before they are adopted by EU ambassadors and, later down the line, rubber-stamped by EU ministers.

The group's main job is to decide, every six months or so, who should be on the EU's terrorist register and have their financial assets frozen, with the group meeting sometime this week to finalise contents of the next terror list before its formal adoption in early July.

Clearing House's internal decision-making is not open to any political scrutiny: when the secret service delegates write a new list of names, it is passed - without any accompanying evidence or reasoning - to a meeting of EU ambassadors, who automatically adopt it as an "A point" (an agenda item with no discussion).

The terrorist register hit the headlines last winter, when Iran opposition group PMOI claimed EU states are in violation of an EU court ruling to take it off the list. The court ruling found fault with lack of evidence and right to appeal on the original PMOI decision.

Following the verdict, EU states sent "statements of reasoning" to all the entities on the register, but in the case of PMOI the "statement" dealt only with pre-2001 activity. When challenged, EU officials said that "other documents" exist but cannot be revealed for security reasons.

The case is causing controversy in Denmark, where foreign minister Per Stig Moller will this Friday again be dragged in for parliamentary questions on whether Clearing House is open to manipulation: PMOI says there is no secret evidence and that the UK is using the EU terror brand to barter with Tehran.

The Danish idea
A May resolution signed by a majority of Danish MPs suggests there "should be made an independent body that can somehow control Clearing House and handle complaints [arising from people or groups who feel they have been unfairly treated]."

The resolution is set to politically dog Mr Moller but it does not legally oblige him to do anything. When asked by EUobserver if he might suggest the oversight committee idea to other EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Sunday, his spokesman said "I doubt that very much."

"Unofficially, I've heard that all the other 26 member states are against this idea of an independent body," a Danish parliamentary official said. "But this kind of resolution is not normal - it only happens once or twice a year. I don't think it will go away so easily."

Meanwhile, away from the PMOI case or the radical Danish "oversight" idea, the German EU presidency is quietly working on a set of Clearing House reform proposals that was originally put on paper by the Finnish EU presidency last year.

Some of the ideas on the table include: forcing Clearing House to give EU ambassadors more information; making limited parts of the group's internal deliberations public and creating a new code of conduct for Clearing House delegates.

The open-ended reform process is not working to any deadline, but could see a flurry of activity when the new terrorist list is published in July. "I believe there will be some progress on transparency and due process. It's not just the Danes who want more transparency. But it can never be fully open," an EU official said.

Spy city
In general, when it comes to Brussels information security, a culture of tactical leaks by EU states who feel they are not being listened to behind closed doors often brings to light sensitive information, such as draft conflict resolution plans debated by the Political and Security Committee.

The most highly-guarded information is on operational details of EU police or peacekeeping missions in places such as the Western Balkans or Congo, with Brussels involved in triggering actions such as dawn raids on the hideouts of war crimes fugitives in Bosnia.

But EU diplomats have a sense of humour when it comes to Brussels' ability to control information, at the same time as sharing it between 27 member states, various European Commission departments and EU embassies around the world.

"How many spies are there in Brussels?" one EU diplomat asked rhetorically. "It's hard to say - how many diplomats are there in the American and Russian embassies?"

"After Washington, Brussels is the number two city in the world for spies. But they are either young ones or old ones because the information is so easy to get, you have to be either in training or in retirement," another EU official quipped.

Source: EUOberver.com

French Chapter Meeting

Thomas Vonier FAIA RIBA
Secretary, ASIS International Chapter 249 France

Members and guests of ASIS International Chapter 249 (France) gathered outside of Paris at the offices of DHL Logistics on 25 May 2007 to receive excellent presentations from three seasoned professionals specializing in business continuity planning:

François Faure and Pascal Germain, co-founders and partners in Sernoptès Conseil, went into extensive detail about the factors and issues involved in preparing for a wide range of industrial incidents, ranging from accidents to deliberate attacks. Drawing on their prior experience with Crédit Lyonnais, Crédit Agricole, Geodis and Calberson, the two discussed the need to assess as many aspects of risk as possible in developing a PCA (plan de continuité d'activité) for operations and customer relations.

Sylvan Ravinet, senior consultant with Adenium, stressed a systematic approach to developing vulnerability assessments and detailed "risk maps" as the basis for continuity planning. Ravinet discussed examples of risks - varying in severity and in frequency - that face global business corporations today, identifying steps that can be taken to plan for a wide variety of contingencies.

Chapter president Léon Jankowski CFE CASE announced that a slate of candidates would be prepared during summer 2007 for election of the next Chapter board in September, noting that he would not be a candidate after having served as Chapter founder and for extended term as its president.

Among guests at the Chapter meeting was Colonel Drollet, recently retired from the Gendarmerie Nationale. The Chapter expressed gratitude for hosting the meeting to DHL Logistics, the worldwide company for which Mr. Jankowksi now serves as global security director. The Chapter expressed sympathy to ASIS International Region 25 Vice President, Godfried Hendriks MBA CPP RSE, who was unable to attend the meeting due to a death in his family.

The next Chapter program will be held in Paris on 6 July 2007, with two more to follow in 2007 on 28 September and 7 December.

German Chapter Elects New Chapter Committee

Dr Christoph Rojahn
ARVP Region 28

The ASIS German Chapter met in Düsseldorf on 31 May for the first annual chapter meeting. The well-attended meeting was hosted and sponsored by Henkel KGaA, one of the leading German consumer goods manufacturers whose CSO, Thomas K. Tidiks, is currently serving as Regional Vice President – Region 28. The Chapter elected a new chapter committee, voting unanimously for Frank Ewald of John Deere to be the new Chapter Chairman. The new Chapter Secretary is Teresa Gleeson of Signum Consult, Berlin, Chapter Communications will be managed by Marieluise Henneberg of Haverkamp.

Teresa Gleeson, Frank Ewald and Marieluise Henneberg

The previous Chapter Secretary, Dr. Christoph Rojahn, has been appointed as Assistant Regional Vice President - Region 28 in order to support RVP Thomas Tidiks in his work with several European chapters.

Following the members-only part of the meeting, guests were admitted to the second part of the day which was started by Thomas Tidiks giving a presentation on the corporate security structure of Henkel, followed by several other of the company’s security specialists discussing various aspects of safety and security. The day closed with an informal dinner in a local restaurant, providing members and guests with a chance for further discussion as well as for sampling the local beer.

PSP Study Group Launched at ICC in The Hague

Phil Boskett CPP PSP CFE
Chief of Security & Safety
International Criminal Court (ICC)
The Hague, The Netherlands

The Security & Safety Section of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has embarked on an in-house training programme to assist interested personnel achieve the ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) qualification. The ICC operates an extensive physical and information security programme, including a small dedicated security training unit ably led by Security Sergeant Tom McKean. Tom, a former RAF Policeman and qualified firearms instructor, is already well known in ASIS circles having previously contributed to other ASIS training initiatives in the Benelux.

Tom McKean with his study materials

Tom has experience in physical security surveying and planning and is PSP certified. His commitment to teaching is matched only by the voracious desire of many personnel within the ICC Security & Safety to achieve the PSP designation. PSP certification is a natural choice as a professional qualification given not only the core duties of the Section but the previous experience of the personnel, as all ICC Security Officers must have previous police or military service prior to appointment.

ICC Building in The Hague

The PSP certification study initiative is purely voluntary and is very much partnership based. Tom and the 8 interested ICC students are giving their free time to come together and form a self-supporting study group. The group will meet formally once per month with Tom providing some formal instruction as well as insight into possible questions and guiding the students in their study efforts. The students are responsible for providing their own study materials and examination fees. The ICC supports the study group through provision of evening study/meeting facilities as well as being able to assist in the verification of student credentials, as required by ASIS membership and the exam application procedure.

Taken together with a similar initiative also running at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), it is hoped to see a substantial increase in the number of Benelux based applicants for the November 2007 international exam. Likewise, discussions have already taken place with the ASIS Benelux Committee on further strengthening the local Chapter through increased interaction with the security departments of the international organisations based in The Hague. 


24-27 September 2007 - Solutions Start Here: 53rd Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibit, Las Vegas, USA. For more information, click here

9-10 October - 3rd Annual Loss Prevention Summit, London. For more information, click here

29 October 2007 - European Advisory Council meeting, Barcelona

30 October 2007 - Programme Committee Meeting, Barcelona

13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference - Security: The Essential Corporate Asset - Barcelona. Click here for more information on how to submit a presentation. 

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Chapter Events 

17 September 2007 - Chapter meeting
26 November 2007 - Chapter meeting

11 September 2007 - Afternoon meeting and company visit in The Netherlands
13 and 14 September 2007: CPP en PSP Review course and Coaching in Corsendonck (B)
2 November 2007: Exam training CPP and PSP in Corsendonck (B)
3 November 2007: CPP and PSP Exam in Corsendonck (B)
16 November 2007 - Autumn conference in Belgium (entire day)

Czech Republic
27 June 2007 - meeting
29 August 2007
26 September 2007 - meeting
31 October 2007
28 November 2007-Meeting, elections

23 August 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
24-27 September 2007 - Odense Fair (Safety & Security). ASIS DK exhibition
26 September 2007 - Half day meeting in connection with the fair - networking
29 November 2007 - Whole day meeting - no subject yet
December 2007 Half day meeting - networking - Christmas Lunch

6 July 2007
28 September 2007
7 December 2007

5 September 2007 - Racism, Logistics
7 November 2007 - Human Resources / Security, Update from the Private Security Authority (PSA), Dublin City University (DCU) – CCTV developments
7 December 2007 - AGM

September 2007 - Security conference and chapter meeting
October 2007 - 2nd National security meeting Barcelona
29 October 2007 - European Advisory Council meeting, Barcelona (by invitation only)
30 October 2007 - Programme Committee Meeting, Barcelona (by invitation only)
November 2007 - CPP exam.
November 2007 - Chapter meeting, elections Board of Directors of ASIS, Spanish Chapter
13-16 April 2008 - 7th European Security Conference, Barcelona

5 September 2007
7 November 2007

United Kingdom
27 June 2007 - Pre-Seminar Dinner
28 June 2007 - Summer Seminar, BAT, London
September 2007 - T.B.A. Golf Day and Dinner Dance
19 September 2007 - Pre-Seminar Dinner
20 September 2007 - Autumn Seminar, Tate Modern
15 November 2007 - Pre-Seminar Dinner
16 November 2007 - AGM and Seminar, Reuters, London

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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 and other European countries where no chapter exists.

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

 Be a speaker in Barcelona

Click here to submit an abstract. Deadline: 28 September 2007

 Be a speaker in Singapore

Click here to submit an abstract. Deadline extended to 8 July 2007

 Las Vegas

ASIS 2007



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