March 2010 
The official newsletter of ASIS International in Europe
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Welcome to the 65th edition of Eurodynamics! The ASIS International European Bureau would like to encourage members to submit updates or articles you wish to share with the ASIS International members in Europe!

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ASIS European Security Conference to Focus on the Human Factor in Security

ASIS International has announced that Martin Smith, CEO of The Security Company and founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group, will be a keynote speaker and will provide a presentation on the human factor in security at the 9th ASIS International European Security Conference which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on 18-21 April 2010.

Martin Smith has had a fascinating and varied career in the world of espionage. His unique knowledge of counter-terrorism, counter-fraud and computer security is in enormous demand from commercial corporations around the world.

Martin gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending nearly 15 years as a commissioned officer in the UK Royal Air Force, mainly assigned to counter-espionage and counter-terrorism duties throughout East and West Europe. After being awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for this work, he left the Service to carve out a second career in the commercial sector. He joined Touche Ross Management Consultants before becoming the Senior Director of Corporate Security for Kroll Associates. He then joined the Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information Security before (in 1997) forming The Security Company (International)

Martin is a Fellow of The Security Institute. He is also the Chairman/Founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group ( and an active member of the Information Security Awareness Forum (

Talking on the 9th European Conference, Martin Smith said: “I believe that the human aspects of security and fraud prevention must be promoted to their rightful place alongside the technical solutions. Despite the vast sums of money invested in physical and IT systems security, many organisations remain inherently vulnerable to even the most basic of security weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The carelessness underlying the frauds and security breaches that are occurring more and more often, the lack of any apparent knowledge or concern shown by employees about the potential threats to themselves and their companies, and the continuing ease with which criminals can still overcome the hurdles placed in their way should prompt us to look again at what we are doing.

We all know that there can never be a guarantee of perfect security. But I believe it is our lack of focus on the people issues that is at the heart of our current vulnerability. I believe that for most organisations it is possible to significantly reduce the overall level of risk through simple and relatively inexpensive initiatives to get their people back on their side. To put it bluntly, we must stop focusing on brain surgery whilst the patient is dying of the common cold!”

The conference will feature more than 36 high-level educational sessions for and by international security experts that will cover the entire spectrum of security topics ranging from cyber crime, energy security, piracy, terrorism, intellectual property rights, hotel and building security, and more.

Participants can register on the event website:

Opportunities for organisations that want to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of their brand, products, or services among key decision makers in the security sector in Europe are still available.

Special Event – CSO Sessions
The CSO Roundtable of ASIS International, the members-only forum of senior security executives from the world’s largest organisations, will hold a full day of Chief Security Officers-only sessions at the 9th ASIS International European Security Conference in Lisbon, beginning with a keynote address from Michael Evanoff, NATO Director of Security. The programme will be held on Sunday 18 April 2010. The sessions, led by CSOs, will cover developing and working with global teams, protecting corporate targets of extremism and corporate espionage during the economic downturn.

The CSO Sessions will be complimentary for attendees of the ASIS Conference who are members of or eligible for the CSO Roundtable. More details are available on 

Barroso Gives Tentative Backing to Airport Body Scanners

The use of body scanners at European airports has won the provisional backing of commission president José Manuel Barroso.

Addressing deputies in parliament on 09 March, Barroso said he favoured the idea "as long as member states agree to it".

So far, he said that while some member states, such as the UK and the Netherlands, had introduced the new technology at their airports, others had not done so.

He said this raised some concern because it risked the emergence of a "kind of discrimination" in airport security throughout the EU.

The use of scanners has split parliament with many MEPs concerned about the possible privacy issues involved.

His comments come the day after Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer at the US homeland security department, spoke about the issue during a visit to Brussels.


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Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Does your organisation's strategic plan call for growth in Europe? If so, sponsorship of the ASIS European Security Conference offers you a great opportunity to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of your brand, products, and services among key decision makers in this region.

Review and select from an extensive list of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities. Identify the one that is most inline with your marketing strategy and budget, or contact us to shape a tailored package that suits the best your company’s needs.

For further information, please contact: ASIS International European Bureau - Tel: +32 2 645 26 74 - Fax: +32 2 645 26 71 -

UK Chapter News: Spring UK Chapter Meeting

Iran Pandoor and Mike Alexander, UK Chapter Chairman

The UK Chapter of ASIS international held it’s Spring Members’ event on 18th March, hosted by The Bank of America in Canary Wharf.

During the event, Iran Pandoor was presented with the 2009 ASIS International Student Writing competition, by Chapter Chairman Mike Alexander. Irfan, a student at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, won for his paper "Leveraging Low Cost Solutions". Irfan is studying for a master's degree in international business.

Baroness Harris is our new Chapter Patron and is a deputy speaker of the House of Lords.

This event was also the chance for the members to meet the new Chapter Patron, Baroness
Angela Harris of Richmond.

Following the event, Rt. Hon. Alun Michael MP hosted a reception for the Chapter at the House of Commons.

IFSEC2010 to Take Place on 10-13 May 2010

IFSEC, the world’s largest annual security event, returns from 10 – 13 May 2010 to the NEC Birmingham. The event will provide security installers, manufacturers, distributors, IT integrators, end-users and consultants with a platform to keep up to date with the ever-changing developments of the global security industry.

IFSEC 2010 will expand on its recent success with its extensive exhibition, unparalleled educational content and exciting features.

Visitors to IFSEC 2010 will be able to explore the latest security products and services available both in the UK and worldwide. The extensive exhibition will be organised into the following categories:

• Integrated Security: IP & Network Solutions
• Access Control
• Intruder Alarms
• Counter Terror & Physical Security
• Security Solutions
• Fire Solutions

Axis, Dallmeier, Genie CCTV, HIK Vision, IndigoVision, JVC, Norbain, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Tyco are amongst those exhibiting. Within the exhibition there will be a number of international pavilions in which visitors may seek the latest products and services from all over the globe.

Free-of-charge seminars will be running in the New Products & Technology Showcase Seminar Theatres (one in hall 4, the other in hall 5) so visitors are able to hear about the latest developments in this evolving industry.

Also within the exhibition, the new Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) Red Book Pavilion will house seminars and presentations based on all aspects of LPCB third party approvals, training schemes and research relating to physical security.

The IFSEC Conference forms part of the high level educational content on offer at the show. Returning for 2010, the Conference promises to deliver an unparalleled educational programme packed with carefully researched high-level content aimed at senior security professionals. The content will take a fresh and unique look at the key issues facing the security industry, including countering terror, protecting critical national infrastructure, preparing for London Olympics 2012, corporate security issues, security guarding and recent technological developments.

For more information on the event and to register for free entry, please visit Companies interested in exhibiting at IFSEC 2010 should contact Charlie Cracknell on +44 (0)20 7921 8069 or at

Further details on IFSEC 2010 will be announced in the coming weeks. Please keep visiting the website, follow us on and join our LinkedIn group for the latest information.

EU to Tackle Cyber-Crime

Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs presented on 25 February a new internal security strategy intended to guide the Union's work in countering transnational security threats.

They also approved a new standing committee to oversee co-operation by Member States on internal security.

The strategy will now go to EU leaders for their endorsement at the spring European Council, which is scheduled to take place on 25-26 March. The European Commission will then be asked to translate the document into concrete tasks.

Like the external security strategy that the EU updated in 2008, the internal security strategy takes a broad view of the concept of security. It identifies six significant common threats: terrorism, serious and organised crime, cyber-crime, cross-border crime, violence, and natural and man-made disasters. The strategy also includes a seventh, catch-all category of “common phenomena which pose safety and security threats to people across Europe”, such as road traffic accidents.


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Danish Chapter News: ASIS Educations – A Time to Listen, Learn and Respond with a Clear Plan

By Tanya Spencer, Board member, Danish chapter

What are the pluses and minuses of ASIS educations/ certifications? What do people expect to gain and does ASIS educations/ certifications meet those expectations? In what ways can ASIS improve?

Getting answers to questions like these is part of the Danish Board’s efforts to listen and learn from our members so that we can serve them better. As the insights gained may also be interesting to the other European chapters, this is the second of a series of articles following four core areas of ASIS: General membership, networking, conferences, and educations/ courses. The first article on general membership can be found here.

Writing this article proofed two things to me:
• The CPP in Denmark has a damaged reputation.
• Listening to our members, learning from other ASIS chapters, and responding with a clear plan is the way forward.

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EU to Launch Anti-Terror Finance Tracking Plan

To resolve the internal strife in Brussels on sharing financial data with the US, the European Commission announced on 24 March it would seek to create an EU 'Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme' (TFTP), based on the one in the USA, which was created after the 9/11 attacks.

The TFTP would be part of upcoming negotiations between the European Commission and the US administration to resurrect the interim SWIFT agreement on sharing financial data, which was blocked by the European Parliament in February.

The collapsed SWIFT agreement will likely be negotiated by EU Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and Viviane Reding (respectively the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and the EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship) if the 27 member states' leaders and the European Parliament agree that the two are the right people for the job.

A summit of EU leaders on 22 April is expected to discuss the appointment of the two commissioners as chief EU negotiators on SWIFT.

The agreement was blocked by MEPs in February who, by a large majority, argued that it gave the US authorities too much wiggle room to play around with large swathes of EU citizens' financial data.

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ASIS Launches Non-dues Revenue Program for Chapters

ASIS is pleased to announce the introduction of a new incentive program designed to provide chapters with opportunities to earn non-dues revenue. Under the terms of this program, entitled, Professional Development Incentive Program for ASIS Chapters, all ASIS Chapters in good standing can earn revenue by promoting ASIS educational classroom programs, and through the registration of their individual members. These combined activities will generate credits on a quarterly basis, which may be redeemed annually by chapter leadership for the purchase of ASIS education programs, merchandise, or ASIS-published books.

Go online for detailed program documents, including an extensive list of FAQs. You may begin earning credits as soon as you are prepared to do so – there is still time to earn your first credits for programs within the first quarter of 2010.

Contact ASIS Director of Education John Lechner ( or +1.703.518.1429) with additional questions or comments.

EU Anti-Fraud Office Under Fire 

The EU's anti-fraud office's failure to follow correct procedure for nominating its new chief could nullify its current investigations, risking million of euros in EU funds, MEPs have warned.

The situation has arisen following the death in February of Franz-Hermann Bruener, the head of the office (known as Olaf), set up 11 years ago to keep an eye on how EU money is being spent.

To keep the investigative body from remaining headless, Mr Bruener's deputy, Nicholas Ilett, was appointed by the European Commission to take over until a permanent replacement could be found.

But the interim solution has caused an inter-institutional ruckus: The parliament's legal service says the temporary Ilet appointment goes against procedural rules, which, they note, require the assent of both MEPs and Member States.

"This person has to be appointed inter-institutionally because he has to be independent," German centre-right MEP Ingeborg Graessle told. "He opens the investigation, he closes it, he gives information to the member states."

According to the German deputy, this means that all of the anti-fraud work that Olaf does from the moment of Mr Ilett's appointment until a permanent replacement is found may be challenged before the European Court of Justice on the basis of this legal technicality.


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ASIS International Brings Webinars to You

ASIS International organises new webinars April.

Webinars—fully interactive online education programs—bring the latest information on hot topics, critical issues, best practices, and special interests to your home, chapter meeting, desktop, or conference room and offer one of the best educational values you'll find. Industry experts host live events that are short—only 90 minutes—engaging, and to the point. Staying current while saving time and money could not be easier. Participate by yourself or with a group, ask questions, make comments, provide insight.

Please click on the link below for more details:

• April 21, 2010: Recruiting and Hiring Liabilities: Protecting Your Organization from the Harmful Effects of Web 2.0

$99.00 ASIS Members
$129.00 Non-Members

Passenger Data Deal Key to Catching Terrorists, Says US

A provisional deal allowing American authorities to tap into the data of EU air passengers crossing the Atlantic helped find a third of the "hundreds" of terrorism suspects identified last year, a US official has said, in a bid to convince wary euro-deputies to approve the agreement.

The so-called Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement has been provisionally in force since 2007, but now requires ratification by the European Parliament, whose powers were enhanced in December with the entering into force of a new EU legal framework, the Lisbon Treaty.

An early version of the deal, signed in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, was struck down in 2006 by the European Court of Justice because of a faulty legal base.

"It's not my job to tell the European Parliament what to do. What I can say is that the US is very supportive of the PNR agreement and we think it's been very successful in countering both terrorism as well as serious transnational crimes," Mary Ellen Callahan, dealing with data protection within the US department of homeland security told Brussels journalists on 08 March.


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ASIS Foundation CRISP Report on Security for Tall Buildings

This report written by Dennis Challinger examines security threats, building vulnerabilities, and the variety of current responses to the challenge of tall building security. The author also reports on research relating to physical design and crime in tall buildings, including risks in car parks. This report will help security practitioners think in a more informed way about protecting occupants, visitors, and others who use tall buildings, as well as protecting the buildings and their contents.

About the CRISP Series of Reports

Connecting Research in Security to Practice (CRISP) reports provide insights into how different types of security issues can be effectively tackled. Drawing on research and evidence from around the world, each report summarises the prevailing knowledge about a specific aspect of security, and then recommends proven approaches to counter the threat. Connecting scientific research with existing security actions helps form good practices.

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EU Passports Not That Safe, Says Expert

The biometric, or "e-passport," was supposed to offer a previously unrivalled level of security and protection against forgery. It was "fool-proof," some said, even "impossible" to counterfeit.

In the years that followed the attacks on New York and Washington, the European Union, as with many international powers, was eager to embrace the technology. In 2004, the European Commission proposed technical specifications for a harmonised e-passport system, first requiring digital facial image as a mandatory biometric identifier for passports and later requiring fingerprint data.

But in the wake of the Dubai targetted killing of a Hamas commander, in which a team of some 27 assassins used fake EU and Australian passports in the course of their cloak and dagger escapade, the security of the passport has been placed under the microscope.

Beyond the Dubai murder, Europol has warned that despite the biometric changes to passports, counterfeiting still remains a major problem for criminals or others "who are determined to do so," with the provision of documents for irregular immigrants being the main driver of the activity.

In 2008, the latest year for which data is available, some 16.7 million passports were on an Interpol database of stolen or disappeared passports.

Magnus Svenningson, the CEO of Speed Identity, the company that provides the biometric data capture platform to the Swedish, Luxembourg and Lithuanian governments, in an interview with EUobserver reveals how passports can be forged.


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Mali, a New Haven for Al Qaeda? 

By Olivier Guitta, security and geopolitical consultant

If Mali doesn't get its act together and combat terrorism, years of good governance could give way to a hotbed of extremism

The Sahel, this vast semi-arid region of North Africa south of the Sahara desert, is viewed by some experts as a “second Afghanistan”. This might be a stretch, but it is true that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is very active in the area, especially in Mali.

Mali enjoys a very good reputation around the world. It boasts a vibrant democracy with a multi-party system, a market economy and a tradition of a moderate Islam. But things might be changing: Since 2001, worrying signs have emerged; like, for example, the proliferation of Osama bin Laden's photo in stalls at the Bamako market and the exponential increase of radio stations preaching radical Islam.

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Olivier Guitta is a security and geopolitical consultant based in Europe. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. You can view his latest work at

Europe Lacks Resources to Tackle Cross-Border Crime, Says Eurojust 

Fighting cross-border crime in the EU still faces "practical difficulties" due to scarce resources in Member States and the ability of criminals to move freely from one country to another, Eurojust's new chief Aled Williams told MEPs on 17 March.

Tasked with ensuring co-operation of prosecutors and police when faced with cross-border criminal cases, Eurojust is grappling with 27 different legal systems while skilled criminals are easily able to take advantage of the confusion.

"The first set of difficulties in judicial co-operation between Member States is very practical – lack of resources and the fact that criminals are able to take advantage of the freedom of movement all other law-abiding citizens enjoy," Mr Williams said during a hearing in the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee.


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Attack Leads to Call for Special Security Zone 

Jerzy Buzek, the president of the European Parliament, wants Belgian police to take charge as MEP is mugged in park near Parliament building.

The mugging of an MEP in Brussels has prompted Jerzy Buzek to urge the Belgian authorities to provide additional security for staff working in EU institutions.

Buzek wants a special security zone to be set up around the EU's Brussels buildings.
Estonian Liberal Democrat MEP Vilja Savisaar was robbed by a lone thief on 2 March in Parc Léopold, next to the assembly's main buildings in Brussels, while on her way home.

The attack follows a similar assault on German centre-right MEP Angelika Niebler last October. The Parliament was also the victim of a robbery last year, at a branch of the ING bank in the Paul-Henri Spaak building.


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2nd Lead Auditor Course to be Held in Netherlands on 12-17 April 2010 

Globalisation, outsourcing, and zero-inventory manufacturing have brought security of the supply chain to the forefront. Security management has also become increasingly complex as logistics, operations and supply chain partners are often both nationwide and worldwide with varying regulations and business processes.

The ASIS ISO 28000 Lead Auditor Certification Course is designed for professionals involved with the development of security management systems and managers responsible for improvement outcomes. The program, which meets the requirements of ISO 28000:2007 “Specification for security management systems for the supply chain", provides a thorough understanding of the ISO 28000 series of standards.

Date: 12-17 April 2010.
Location: Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
Prices: € 2.300 ASIS-members
€ 2.650 Non ASIS-members
(certificate, study material included)

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Organisational Resilience: Is Your Organisation Prepared for the Unexpected?

As a security practitioner, the security of your organisation and supply chain are top priorities, but how can you effectively prepare for the unexpected? Organisational Resilience: Implementing and Auditing the ASIS American National Standard will prepare you to recognise potential threats, assess risks, and implement measures to improve your organisation’s resiliency. In addition, learn how to establish an internal auditing program and perform audits of management system standards using the ISO 19011 approach.

2010 course dates include: May 17-19, Philadelphia, PA; July 14-16, Chicago, IL; and September 13-15, San Diego, CA.  

Global Agenda

12-17 April 2010 - ISO 28000 Lead Auditor Course - Kasteel Oud-Poelgeest, Oegstgeest, Netherlands

18-21 April 2010 - 9th ASIS International European Security Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
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12-15 October 2010 - ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits - Dallas, Texas

20-22 February 2011 - 2nd ASIS International Middle East Security Conference - Manama, Bahrain

Chapter and Certification Events

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- Unrivalled networking opportunities with more than 37,000 of your industry peers.
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- Opportunities to build a professional reputation and credentials.
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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, Western Balkans and other European countries where no chapter presently exists.

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

You can now purchase ASIS-published books for Kindle, Amazon’s wireless reading device, from the Kindle Store on Kindle’s revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. The books may be purchased wirelessly right from your device, allowing you to click, buy, and start reading within a minute. Kindle holds hundreds of titles and every book you purchase is backed up online in Your Media Library in case you ever need to download it again. The Kindle Store offers these ASIS titles: Career Opportunities in Security for 99 cents; Casino Surveillance and Security: 150 Things You Should Know for $65.; Emergency Planning Handbook for $43.; Protecting Schools and Universities from Terrorism for $43.; and Implementing Physical Protection Systems for $43. Other ASIS title coming soon: Detecting Forgery in Fraud Investigations and Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship.


 In 2010, your ASIS membership will be more important than ever before. Renew now!
Connections + Networking + Information + Professional Development + Industry Credentials + Advocacy = ASIS membership. This is the formula for success in 2010.

Schedule Your 2010 Professional Development Now!

 A comprehensive calendar of programs has been established for this year. Plan ahead to get ahead.

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