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ASIS Europe 2012 Draws Record Attendance

 

ASIS 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits - 10-13 September 2012 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

How Secure Are Your Premises? - Manage Your Organisation's Security Risks and Keep Ahead of Criminals - New Security Management Education at IFSEC International 2012  

 

 Develop Your Business Acumen at the ASIS/IE Business School Executive Education Programme - 4-7 June 2012 - Madrid, Spain

 

Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!

 

Chapter News: ASIS Austrian Chapter Meeting

 

Register to Attend ASIS Certification Reviews Prior to Seminar

 

EU Rubber-Stamps Airline Passenger Data Transfers to the US

 

Police Largely Exempt From Data Protection Directive

 

Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2012, ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!

 

EU Authorities Accused of Blindness on 'Counter-Jihad'

 

Gain Recognition for your Successful Public-Private Partnerships - Apply for the Simeone Award

 

Resilience Lead Auditor Certification - 17-21 December 2012 - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands

 

Young Professionals - Share Your Achievements

 

EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report: TE-SAT 2012

 

Get Engaged in ASIS Women in Security and Young Professionals Groups

 

Conflict With Iran? Don't Hold Your Breath

 

ACTA: EU Privacy Watchdog Warns of Internet Spying Threat

 

EU Auditor Used Public Funds to Hamper Anti-Fraud Inquiry

 

Parliament's 'Mafia' Committee Holds First Meeting

 

Digital Agenda: Commission Consults on Rules for Wirelessly Connected Devices - the "Internet of Things"

 

Greece Opens First Migrant Detention Centre

 

The Case for Convergence

 

EU Seeks US Help to Fight Cyber Criminals

 

Global Agenda

 

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a1ASIS Europe 2012 Draws Record Attendance

ASIS International has held its 11th European Security Conference & Exhibition on 15-17 April 2012 at the Hilton London Metropole in London, UK. The event gathered a record attendance of 502 senior security professionals from 46 countries.

 

Delegates were welcomed on 16 April by London Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM. The event continued with Adrian Kendry, Senior Defence Economist and Head of Defence and Security Economics, at NATO Headquarters who spoke about the changing balance of economic power in the world and risk management.

 

On the second day, Delegates were welcomed by Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and Patron of the ASIS UK Chapter. The first plenary session that day included the presentation of Professional Security Magazine's Women in Security Awards were presented by Baroness Ruth Henig Chairman of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). They went to Marva Jackson, of Birmingham-based guarding company Leon Security Services; Kathy Ridgard of Sodexo; and Sue Seaby of Aon. James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Crime and Security then gave a presentation on Cyber Security.

 

The closing ceremony featured two keynote speakers. Stephen Cooper, Head of Security for the Olympic Park and Village spoke about securing major events. He was followed by Sir Ian Andrews, Chairman of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) who predicted that soon all organised crime will occur over or be enabled by the internet. ASIS President Eduard Emde CPP the presented an award to Peter French CPP in recognition of his many years of dedicated volunteer service to ASIS International and the security profession. The evening closed with a spectacular reception at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Harris.

 

The conference featured 44 high-level educational sessions provided by speakers that included Mike Croll, Head of Field Security, European External Action Service European Union (Belgium) on Diplomatic Security - Exercising Duty of Care in a Strange New WorldGlenn Schoen, Executive Advisor, G4S Risk Advisory (Netherlands) on Olympic Terrorism Concerns - Past & PresentVolker Wagner, Senior Vice President Group Business Security, Deutsche Telekom AG (Germany); and Martin Smith, Chairman & Founder, The Security Company (International) Ltd (UK) on The Case for Converged SecurityProfessor Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (UK) on Security in the Future: the Positive Business Differentiator.

 

In addition, sessions designed especially for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) were organised by the CSO Roundtable, the ASIS forum for the most senior security professionals from the largest and most influential organizations in the world.

 

The event also featured an exhibition where 31 sponsors, exhibitors, media and supporting organisations presented their products and services to security professionals.

 

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a2ASIS 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits - 10-13 September 2012 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

 

Join 20,000 peers from around the globe for ASIS 2012, 10-13 September in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - register early and save!

 

Featuring unmatched education, innovative technology from 700+ exhibitors, and the industry's best networking- ASIS 2012 is the epicenter for security education and solutions.

 

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Twenty nine airlines serve Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with more than 1,400 daily flights, including 120 international flights. Attendees can connect to Center City on the Airport Line, which stops at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and hotels, for just $7 one way. Special offer: Take advantage of discounted travel with Lufthansa.

 

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a25How Secure Are Your Premises? - Manage Your Organisation's Security Risks and Keep Ahead of Criminals - New Security Management Education at IFSEC International 2012  

Understand and protect your business from ever evolving security risks by attending IFSEC International's brand new education programme this May. The brand new Security Management Education Theatre will host a free-to-attend, CPD points-earning programme with speakers from the Security Institute and ASIS which takes place throughout the world's largest annual security and fire event (14 - 17 May 2012, NEC Birmingham, UK).   

 

Supporting industry research conducted by IFSEC International, which reveals that 94 percent of those responsible for managing their organisation's security, believe it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest security knowledge at least every 6 to 12 months, the new education programme will provide technology updates, improved solutions to protect inside and outside threats, delivering ROI and personal development. 

 

"Dealing with the Insider Threat", to be led by Martin Smith MBE, Chairman and Founder of the Security Company, will discuss the recognition and how to tackle the human aspects of security and fraud prevention.  

 

With 68 percent of security managers citing either a board position or a direct reporting line into their company's board to influence security,  "The CSO and the Board" will help security managers understanding how the CSO can interface with the Board and influence business decisions based on perceived risk and compliance. 

 

Other sessions to note for this area include Mike O'Neil, MD of Optimal Risk Management, who will cover "Procuring Security Services - Some thoughts on why and how to change", whilst the directors of CornerStone will take a look at "How to ensure your Security Technology Investment delivers the result you expect". 

 

Project ARGUS, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office initiative is another not to be missed educational session, which will explore ways to aid delegates in preventing, handling and recovering from a terrorist attack.  

 

Nottinghamshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Paul Broadbent, will lead a discussion alongside Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, on the pertinent subject of "Integration not Isolation - the public/private response to business crime".  

 

'Organisational Resilience' will be tackled by Plan B Consulting who will cover the role of a business continuity manager and the questions you need to ask to focus on the most vulnerable security risks. 

 

Other highlights of note include IFSEC International Centre Stage, a brand new Lone Worker Protection seminar and product area, Next Generation CCTV & Surveillance Theatre, ipAssured Education Zone in association with Anixter and over 650 world leading exhibitors providing free expert advice.   

 

Visit IFSEC International 2012, 14 - 17 May at the NEC, Birmingham, by registering for free entry at www.ifsec.co.uk and download the official show app via your app store.  

 

a3Develop Your Business Acumen at the ASIS/IE Business School Executive Education Programme - 4-7 June 2012 - Madrid, Spain

  

ASIS and the IE Business School will present Effective Management for the Security Professional in Madrid, Spain, June 4-7, 2012. The programme, developed specifically for middle to upper-level security managers, focuses on business fundamentals and the business challenges today's organisations are facing. Participants gain a strategic understanding of the role of security management as an enabler of business success.

 

Visit www.asisonline.org for a programme overview and registration details.

a4Be a Speaker at ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!

Take advantage of these opportunities to help shape the programme by sharing your knowledge and expertise with security professionals from  around the globe.

Presentation slots are 50 minutes and should include time for Q&A. Only English-language presentations will be accepted.

 

Abstracts on all security related topics are welcome. Particular topics of interest are: oil and gas security, offshore security, critical infrastructure protection, supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security and soft targets protection, intellectual property, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues. 

 

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a5Chapter News: ASIS Austrian Chapter Meeting

The second meeting of the ASIS Austrian Chapter took place on 12 April 2012 at the premises of Messrs Securitas in Vienna on the invitation of our member Mr. Johann Laub, proxy of Securitas.  This meeting was attended by 13 members and 3 visitors.

 

Before the 2 presentations that were on our agenda, the following information was shared with the members and guests present: 

 

ASIS 11th European Security Conference & Exhibition in London: our member Bernhard Maier presented the Austrian Chapter during the pre-seminar activities on 15 April.  

 

As usually, the important work of the Councils was addressed:

a. The possible creation of an IT-dictionary by the IT-Council was announced. As this is a very complex issue, a lot of work needs to be done.   

b. As regards the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council, the Chicago workshop was mentioned with the possibility to register until the last minute.  

c. Finally, the Reach Out Programme was mentioned. 

 

We have informed our attendees who did not look at the February edition of Euro Dynamics, that our February 2012 meeting had an excellent coverage.   

 

Finally, our next meeting that will take place on 19 June 2012 will be hosted by Messrs SIM-Guard at their HQ in Vienna. The topic of this meeting will be:  Crisis Management in Hospital Environments.  

 

After this information has been shared, the first speaker was our host, Mr. Johann Laub. Mr. Laub gave a vivid presentation about the structure and the services offered by Securitas in Austria. He presented a modern entity with a lean management and a customer orientated structure. In his presentation Mr. Laub showed a motivated multi-tasking team. Finally, some airport-security operations as well as an armored car transport were presented. After some questions from the audience, the chairman thanked Mr. Laub for the brilliant presentation and for hosting this meeting.   

 

The main topic of this evening was presented by Michael Krausz. The session  was entitled: Case Studies of Information Security Breaches. Mr. Krausz described in a short but very competent manner 5 items that were the main reasons for Information Security Breaches. He then explained 2 modified scenarios where data thefts had occurred. Both examples were modified in such a way for not exposing the client or to give any hints into certain directions. In the first example, the perpetrator was only 14 ½ years old, while in the second case the person was 19 ½ years old. After these two scenarios, 2 other cases were presented, called the internal perpetrator 1 and the internal perpetrator 2. Several questions were asked on the occasion of this presentation. Indeed, all the attendees had learned several things following this extraordinary presentation.

 

By Werner Preining

ASIS Austria Chapter, Chapter Chairman

 

 

a7Register to Attend ASIS Certification Reviews Prior to Seminar

ASIS will deliver CPP, PCI, and PSP certification classroom reviews in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 7-8 September 2012. If you plan to achieve ASIS board certification later in 2012, make plans to attend one of these programmes in preparation for your examination. These one and a half-day programmes offer step-by-step reviews of the relevant body of knowledge. Attendees leave the review programme understanding areas of strength and weakness, thereby better able to identify and pinpoint specific areas of concentration for further study.

 

Classroom reviews also offer the added benefit of face-to-face interaction and exchange with subject matter experts and industry peers.

 

For details, visit the ASIS website.

a9EU Rubber-Stamps Airline Passenger Data Transfers to the US

European Union lawmakers approved an agreement on 19 April allowing US authorities to obtain and store data on passengers flying to the United States from Europe, ending years of resistance to a deal on handing over such information.

 

A majority of members in the European Parliament approved a revised agreement on sharing flight passengers' data with the US authorities, who have agreed to mask out passengers' names and contact details after six months.

 

The data will then be kept for up to five years, after which point it will move to a 'dormant' database for 10 years more.

 

The Parliament vote cleared the last hurdle for the data sharing deal after Member States and the Parliament's Civil Liberties committee had previously approved an amended version of the bill.

 

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said the agreement provides stronger protection for the right to citizens' privacy as well as more legal certainty for airlines.

 

"At the same time, it fully meets the security needs of the United States of America and the EU. Under the new agreement, data of passengers travelling to the United States of America will be used to fight serious transnational crime and terrorism," she said in a statement.


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Source: Euractiv

a10Police Largely Exempt From Data Protection Directive

The European Commission's draft law on personal data protection has too many loopholes, say critics, with special privileges for police a major concern.

 

"You need some kind of flexibility because police and security agencies do not function in the same way in all our countries yet," EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told press in Brussels on 23 April.

 

The Commissioner in January proposed an overhaul of the 1995 Data Protection Directive, with the new proposals widely heralded as a vast improvement.

 

But while the new law strengthens data protection of individuals on commercial matters, a compromise with European Interior Ministers essentially excludes law enforcement investigations. Unless there is an unspecified but compelling reason not to, or if an investigation is ongoing, police do not have to inform individuals their data are being probed.

 

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Source: EU Observer

a11Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2012, ASIS Middle East 2013 and ASIS Europe 2013!

 

 

 

Does your organisation's strategic plan call for growth in Asia-Pacific, in the Middle East and Europe? If so, sponsorship of the ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition, of the ASIS Middle East Security Forum & Exhibition and of the ASIS European Security Conference & Exhibition offers you a great opportunity to gain exposure and to raise the visibility of your brand, products, and services among key decision makers in these regions.

Review and select from an extensive list of sponsorship and exhibit opportunities:

Identify the one that is most in line with your marketing strategy and budget, or contact us to shape a tailored package that best suits your company's needs.

For further information on the Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition and on the European Security Conference & Exhibition, please contact: ASIS International EMEA Bureau - Tel: +32 2 645 26 74 - Fax: +32 2 645 26 71 -
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For further information on the Asia-Pacific Conference & Exhibition, please contact: ASIS International Asia-Pacific Bureau - Tel: +61 2 8211 2712 - Fax: +61 2 8211 0555 -asiapacific@asisonline.org

a13EU Authorities Accused of Blindness on 'Counter-Jihad'

Security services in Europe have neglected the kind of right-wing extremism which inspired Norway's Anders Behring Breivik to commit mass murder, a UK-based rights group has warned.

 

"Post-911, all major authorities have themselves in the EU focused on the direct threat of Islamic terrorism while they took their eye off the ball on the radicalisation of Europeans," Daniel Hodges, a campaigner for Hope Not Hate, a London-based NGO, told EUobserver on 16 April.

 

"EU authorities have been lagging on radicalisation in Europe. They've been slow to grasp the power of the Internet and social media that encourages and helps co-ordinate the activities of the groups," he added.

 

Hope Not Hate in a report out on 15 April said the 'counter-jihad' movement has become the new face of the far right in Europe and North America. The survey identifies some 300 disparate groups and individuals behind the trend.


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Source: EU Observer

a14Gain Recognition for your Successful Public-Private Partnerships - Apply for the Simeone Award

The Matthew Simeone ASIS Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence recognises outstanding achievement by members of an ASIS chapter in the advocacy, development, implementation, and practice of public private cooperation for public safety. Commencing in 2011, the award showcases an ASIS chapter's law enforcement - private security partnership to address crime prevention, antiterrorism, public safety issues and other difficult challenges.

 

ASIS chapters that work with public private partnerships (P3s) are invited to apply. Sharing your success with the members of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC) extends the reach of your efforts, giving others an example to follow in tackling issues that can best be solved by private and public agencies working together.

 

Applications for the award will be accepted from April 20-May 18, 2012. Download an information presentation and learn more about the award on the ASIS Foundation's website.

a15Resilience Lead Auditor Certification - 17-21 December 2012 - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands

Managing the risks of disruptive events is critical to the survival and competitiveness of any organisation. The ASIS International Resilience Lead Auditor Certification will help you assess organisational and supply chain risks, maintain and improve resilience management systems, and successfully conduct resilience management system audits. The RABQSA certified training programme supports standards that address the management of risk related to events that may disrupt an organisation's operations. The RABQSA-RES Competency Unit covers the requirements of resilience standards (e.g., ANSI/ASIS.SPC.1: 2009; ISO 28002:2011; DS 3001:2009; or NEN 7131:2010), as well as discipline specific standards in business continuity management (e.g. ANSI/ASIS/BSI BCM.1:2010; BSI 25999:2007; or ISO/FDIS 22301), and security management (e.g. ISO 28000:2007, ASIS/WD.PAP.1). The course seamlessly integrates with the ISO 31000 Risk Management standard to allow organisations to develop a cost-effective, holistic approach to managing risk.

 
Date: 17-21 December 2012

Location: Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, Netherlands

Instructor: Dr. Marc Siegel, Global Standards Commissioner, ASIS International

Fees: $2,500 ASIS-members $3,000 Non ASIS-members (certification evaluation, study material included)
 

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a16Young Professionals - Share Your Achievements

Have you recently achieve ASIS certification, been appointed to a new position, or been recognised for a special professional achievement? Please visit the ASIS Young Professionals Web page to share your news with other young professionals around the globe. A new area of the Young Professionals website - YPs On The Move - is dedicated to communicating special achievements of you professionals. Visit www.asisonline.org/yp to learn more about this new feature and how you can get involved in the group.

a17EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report: TE-SAT 2012

2011 presented a highly diverse terrorism picture in which the most notable trend was the increasing prominence of lone and solo actor plots.Source: Europol

 

"In 2011, the total number of terrorist attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the EU continued to decrease. This is a welcome development, but terrorism and violent extremism still represent a significant threat, and we must remain vigilant. Sadly 77 people in Norway and another 2 in Germany were killed in 2011 by 'lone actors'. Looking ahead, lone actors will continue to pose a threat, whether inspired by political or religious extremism. Organised underground groups also have the capability and intention to carry out attacks," says Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.

 

"Radicalisation into violent extremism and lone wolf attacks represents a significant threat for European citizens and have led to many tragedies, such as in Norway. We must reinforce our efforts to prevent violent extremism by becoming better at identifying individuals at risk of radicalisation. The Radicalisation Awareness Network launched by the European Commission last September is an important tool to help us in this work and I am looking forward to the presentation of its first results after the summer. The most important thing is to stand up against extremist views and propaganda across the spectrum, from online forums to the global political debate," says Cecilia Malmström European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs.

 

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a18Get Engaged in ASIS Women in Security and Young Professionals Groups

Go online to catch-up on the latest education programmes and networking opportunities offered by the ASIS Women in Security and Young Professionals groups.

a19Conflict With Iran? Don't Hold Your Breath

International pressure over Iran's nuclear programme intensified in late 2011 though tensions have reduced somewhat in recent weeks with the resumption of the P5+1 dialogue. Until these talks opened, there was widespread speculation that Israel might be preparing to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

 

The rapid and unprecedented intensification of US and EU sanctions against Iran, which began in the autumn, coincided with fierce Israeli rhetoric directed against Tehran. This was prompted by revelations of a conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the US allegedly linked to Iran, despite there being numerous inconsistencies associated with the case.

 

The plot had the effect of moving the issue of Iran's nuclear programme back to the top of the international agenda. The centrality of the issue was reinforced in November when the IAEA published a routine report on Iran's nuclear activities, providing the most comprehensive information so far released by the Agency about the programme's possible military aspects.

 

While talks have since restarted there remains only a very limited prospect of a negotiated settlement to the Iranian nuclear issue. There is, therefore, a risk that tensions associated with Iran's nuclear programme may once again escalate rapidly. However, if this does occur, we believe a military strike on Iran remains unlikely for three key reasons.

 

Iran's key nuclear sites are geographically dispersed, while the regime's missile sites - which would also need to be destroyed to preclude an overwhelming retaliatory attack on Israel - are also spread across a wide area. We believe Israel lacks sufficient airframes and, more importantly, refuelling capacity to successfully target all these sites in a near simultaneous operation. Consequently Tel Aviv cannot act without substantial US military support and there is no indication the Obama administration will provide such backing.

 

Secondly, the long term capabilities of the Iranian nuclear programme consist of its human resources and the knowledge and expertise developed by its scientists. These capabilities would not be destroyed by a military strike on nuclear installations - something Israel understands.

 

And finally, Iran will hold Presidential elections next year and neither Ayatollah Khamenei nor the clerical establishment will support the President's favoured successor. Other candidates are likely to employ less confrontational rhetoric towards the West than that used by Ahmadinejad, which may help to alleviate tensions between Iran and the US.

 

Nonetheless, Iranian nuclear activities are likely to remain an intractable problem and the possibility of a military strike cannot be entirely ruled out. If an attack were to occur the consequences for the region would be profound. As well as conflict in Lebanon, Bahrain would likely experience significant fallout with Western, Saudi and government targets most at risk of attack by domestic Shia militants while Tehran could strike the Bahrain with missiles.

 

Events in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province since 2011 have demonstrated Iran's potential capability in the region and oil installations could be targeted if there were Shia attacks following any strike on Iran. Meanwhile, sectarian tensions would increase across the region, particularly in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

 

By Tim Williams; Director, Political & Security Risk; Stirling Assynt

a20ACTA: EU Privacy Watchdog Warns of Internet Spying Threat

A global trade deal to stop copyright theft could give internet providers the right to spy on users, breaching European Union law, the EU's data privacy chief said on 24 April.

 

Several governments in the developed world have been pushing for multilateral agreements to ban trademark theft on consumer goods and medicines, and ban websites such as MegaUploads and PirateBay, which provide free film and music downloads.

 

But lawmakers say these agreements could give companies such as internet providers unprecedented access to subscribers' online activity, raising privacy concerns.

 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) - signed by 22 of the EU's 27 countries, the US and Japan among others but not ratified by any of them - is one of several, including the US-based draft copyright bills SOPA and PIPA, to fall foul of public opinion.

 

"ACTA measures to enforce Intellectual Property rights in the digital environment could threaten privacy and data protection if not properly implemented," European Data Protection Supervisors Peter Hustinx and Giovanni Buttarelli said in a statement.

 

Measures "could involve the large-scale monitoring of users' behaviour and of their electronic communications," they warned, saying this would go "beyond what is allowed under EU law".


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Source: Euractiv

The Secretary General of the European Court of Auditors used public funds to hire lawyers and to sue the EU's anti-fraud office (Olaf) over an inquiry into how he hired security guards. He lost the case, but no action was taken against him.  .

A ruling by the European Court of Justice dating back to 28 February dismissed Eduardo Ruiz Garcia's claim for Olaf to withhold publication of a report into alleged irregularities regarding the security tender he had overseen.

 

It also dismissed his claim for the EU Commission, which is the over-arching body Olaf is part of, to pay €6,000 in damages plus legal costs.

 

The Spanish auditor, in charge of administration at the Luxembourg-based EU body, earns over €16,000 a month. Still, his private legal action was paid for by his institution and he did not have to reimburse the money after losing the case.


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Source: EU Observer

a22Parliament's 'Mafia' Committee Holds First Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the European Parliament's new "mafia" committee took place on 17 April.

 

Sonia Alfano, a Liberal MEP from Italy, was elected Chair of the Parliament's special committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering during the body's first meeting in Strasbourg.

 

Committee members also elected four Vice-Chairs and nominated another Italian MEP, Salvatore Iacolino (European People's Party), as Rapporteur.

 

The committee elected as Vice-Chairs Crocetta (Socialists & Democrats, Italy), Rui Tavares (Greens/EFA, Portugal), Timothy Kirkhope (European Conservatives and Reformist, UK) and Søren Bo Sondergaard (European United Left/Nordic Green Left, Denmark).

 

The Strasbourg meeting brings to fruition an initiative by Crocetta. In 2008, a plot to kill him was uncovered by the Italian police. Since then, he has enjoyed protection similar to that accorded to the state's highest representatives.

 

Since his election as MEP in 2009, Crocetta has been pushing for an EU-wide response to mafia proliferation, which he sees no longer as a local issue, but a European problem.

 

After the meeting, Alfano said the special committee would make sure to deliver in the shortest time possible a comprehensive action plan to address organised crime and its businesses anywhere in the EU.

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Source: Euractiv

a23Digital Agenda: Commission Consults on Rules for Wirelessly Connected Devices - the "Internet of Things"

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is a future in which everyday objects such as phones, cars, household appliances, clothes and even food are wirelessly connected to the Internet through smart chips, and can collect and share data. The European Commission wants to know what framework is needed to unleash the potential economic and societal benefits of the IoT, whilst ensuring an adequate level of control of the devices gathering, processing and storing information. The information concerned includes users' behavioural patterns, location and preferences. The Commission wants to ensure that the rights of individuals are respected and is launching a public consultation inviting comments by 12th July 2012.

 

Today, an average person has at least 2 objects connected to the Internet and this is expected to grow to 7 by 2015 with 25 billion wirelessly connected devices globally. By 2020 that number could double to 50 billion.

 

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said: "An Internet of Things with intelligence embedded into everyday objects is the next big thing. I want to promote an Internet of Things that serves our economic and societal goals, whilst preserving security, privacy and the respect of ethical values."

 

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Source: European Commission - Directorate-General for the Information Society

a26Greece Opens First Migrant Detention Centre

Greece on 29 April set up its first detention centre for undocumented migrants, composed of box homes, surrounded by high wire, and meant to house some 1,200 people.

 

Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said the centre - situated in Amygdaleza, northwest of Athens - will help the country to deal with immigration. Athens expects to build another 50 similar centres between now and mid-2013.

 

Athens has been struggling to contain and process some estimated 130,000 migrants who cross into the country by sea or along the porous Turkish border every year.

 

"We are sending a message in every direction that the country is not unfenced anymore," Chrysohoidis said at a rally in Athens.


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Source: EU Observer

a27The Case for Convergence

Organisations today face a multiplicity and interdependence of a variety of security risks. These risks may converge or overlap at specific points during the risk lifecycle, and as such, could become a blind spot to the organisation or individuals responsible for risk management. Looking at risks in isolation will increase the probability of those risk materialising. Our response must be to bring together all those dedicated to the security of the organisation. To protect our people, our businesses and our assets, we need to keep ahead of those who attack us and work with business leaders to identify and understand those risks that will cause the business most damage.

 

Unfortunately, the genesis of our industry lies in various camps - most obviously the IT world on the one hand and the military/police/security services on the other.  Our world remains fundamentally riven between the work of the CSO and the CISO.  Because we are blinkered by our own specialisations, and because we have focused almost entirely on the technology available to each of us, we continue to develop increasingly complex solutions for arguably increasingly obscure problems.  The accusation could be that we are focusing on brain surgery whilst the patient is dying of the common cold. 

At the same time, we are operating in silos - with different budgets, headcounts, agendas and priorities. Inevitably this leads to duplication of effort, inefficiency and things "falling between the cracks". None of it does us any credit in the eyes of the business.

 

But our previous lack of focus on convergence presents us with an enormous opportunity. For most organisations it presents a chance to quickly and significantly reduce the resultant residual level of risk through simple and relatively inexpensive initiatives. Effort in this area will produce rapid improvements of value far in excess of any extra investment and that will enhance and support all our other activities from the perimeter fence and beyond right down into the source code. 

 

It takes only a gallon of oil to make the engine run smoothly. The missing piece in the jigsaw is small, but vital. There is a need for a focus and leadership in the security industry that is lacking at the moment. We must work as a team - our industry remains completely fragmented and there are deep gulfs between our various specialisations. We need to develop a variety of approaches that will better monitor, supervise and educate our security specialists, and encourage them to behave in the ways we want them to behave and support these 'new' behaviours. But perhaps most importantly of all we will need to get under the skins of our organisations and understand how we can persuade our business masters and our internal customers to care about what we do. These opportunities can be encapsulated in a single word - convergence.  

 

By Martin Smith MBE

Chairman and Founder

The Security Company (International) Ltd 

The Security Awareness Special Interest Group

 

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a28EU Seeks US Help to Fight Cyber Criminals

The EU wants to work closer with the United States' department of Homeland Security and the FBI to help plug gaps on protection against cyber crime - a sector worth €388 billion a year in illegal revenue worldwide.

 

"To overcome this growing global threat, EU-US cooperation is not a choice, but a necessity," EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told US officials and policy experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington on 2 May.

 

"I am convinced that in the coming months and years we will be able to report back to our citizens on many more successful joint operations between FBI and Europol," she added, citing an EU-US working group, launched in November 2010, on cyber-security and cyber crime as an example.

 

The working group is headed by Malmstrom and includes the US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Both intend to launch an EU-US cyber exercise in 2014.


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Source: EU Observer

a32Global Agenda

10-13 September 2012 -ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar & Exhibits

- Philadelphia, USA

 

3-5 December 2012 - ASIS 6th Asia Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition- Hong Kong, China

17-21 December 2012 -Resilience Management Lead Auditor - Castle Oud-Poelgeest, Leiden, The Netherlands
 

 

17-19 February 2013 - ASIS 4th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition- Dubai, UAE (Call for presentations is now open. Deadline: 11 June 2012)

 
14-16 April 2013 - ASIS 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition - Gothenburg, Sweden (Call for presentations is now open. Deadline: 6 September 2012)

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