February 2015, No. 120

In This Issue 


  ASIS Switzerland Chapter's Bright New Year




Tyson Takes the Stage as ASIS President  


 Survey to Study How Security Bolsters Business 




EU Data Protection Supervisor Calls for Rapid Reform

EU Wants Internet Firms' Encryption Keys

EU Focuses on Counterterrorist Response


EU Flight Data Bill Set for Possible Overhaul

Latvia Attempts Another Compromise on Cybersecurity

Merkel Urges New EU Law on Data Tracking


 Belgian Counterterror Raid Leaves Two Dead


Shining a Light on the Dark Net 


Man with Fake Gun Disrupts Dutch Broadcaster NOS 


Retail Crime in UK at 10-Year High 




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Top Stories: ASIS Switzerland's Bright New Year; Tyson Takes the Stage as ASIS President; Survey to Study to How Security Bolsters Business; EU Data Protection Supervisor Calls for Rapid Reform; EU Wants Internet Firms' Encryption Keys; EU Focuses on Counterterrorist Response; EU Flight Data Bill Set for Possible Overhaul; Latvia Attempts Another Compromise on Cybersecurity;  Merkel Urges New EU Law on Data Tracking; Belgian Counterterror Raid Leaves Two Dead; Shining a Light on the Dark Net; Man with Fake Gun Disrupts Dutch Broadcaster NOS; and Retail Crime in UK at 10-Year High.


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ASIS Switzerland Chapter's Bright New YearChapter160

 The new ASIS Switzerland Chapter board (L to R): Stéphane Vuille, Pierre Kupferschmid, Ruben Jimenez, Rolf Sigg and Anton Dörig. (Felix Juhl not present).


In 2015, under the leadership of its new chair, Pierre Kupferschmid, the ASIS Switzerland Chapter will offer its members a rich program of educational activities that focus on the theme of safe, secure, and resilient smart cities. Freshly elected Vice Chair for Region West (the French speaking area of Switzerland) Ruben Jimenez, will coordinate the organisation of events in Geneva. Following last year's successful program, Anton Dörig, vice chair for Region East, will continue to efficiently ensure the running of events in Zürich.


This year will start with two introductory presentations, one on 24 February in Zürich and the other on 25 February in Geneva. In spring, Jürgen Kempf will discuss supply chain security (April 24) and Patrick Koch will share his experience transforming from law enforcement to politics as mayor of the city of Pfungstadt (12 May). The full program of the chapter's educational activities is available on its website.


Ducrot Retires


The Chapter's General Assembly was marked by the announcement of Chair Arnaud Ducrot that he had to leave the board for personal reasons. During the General Assembly, the board warmly thanked Ducrot for his dedicated contributions and presented him a farewell gift.


Arnaud Ducrot (left) receives a farewell gift from Rolf Sigg.


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Tyson Takes the Stage as ASIS President Tyson 

ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP, reviewed the past year's accomplishments, outlined challenges facing the industry today, and provided a glimpse ahead in his remarks to the volunteer leaders at the Annual Meeting of the Membership held in Arlington, Virginia, United States, in mid-January. 


Tyson is a highly accomplished chief information security officer (CISO) and senior executive with a track record of success in complex, multistakeholder environments such as eBay, Inc., Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and his current employer, S. C. Johnson & Son of Racine, Wisconsin, where he serves as senior director of global information security and CISO.


In the January issue of Security Management, as part of an article profiling Tyson titled "Tyson Takes the Stage," it is noted, "As for his term of office, he says that as president he and the Board will 'watch and always be connected to what our members' needs are, and we will continue to survey the members about what they are working on, what capabilities they need, and as that continues to drive our understanding, we'll modify as we need to.'"  


Watch the video here, download the PDF of his remarks or read "Tyson Takes the Stage."

Survey to Study How Security Bolsters Business survey

Most organisations agree that security is needed in the workplace to prevent and respond to crime, but what, if any, are the wider benefits to other corporate departments such as human resources, sales and marketing, finance, legal, procurement, and operations? Does good security help organisations care for staff and increase their productivity? Does it provide a competitive edge? Does it help make a profit? Perpetuity Research is conducting a survey as part of the Security Research Initiative to understand how security does help, and could be helping, other areas of a business. 


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EU Data Protection Supervisor Calls for Rapid ReformReform



On 28 January, newly-appointed European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli urged the European Council and members of the European Parliament to reach an agreement on data protection rules as soon as possible. Buttarelli is tasked with protecting EU citizens' right to privacy when European Union institutions process their personal data.


The reform in question would replace 28 sets of national rules with a single regulation throughout the EU. This would make it easier for companies to comply and for citizens to defend their rights. Offending companies would face significant fines for data breaches.


The main upcoming challenges for Buttarelli's office are the transatlantic dialogue, big data, and the development of new technologies. Once the directive is adopted, the agency intends to become a key player on data protection in the EU.


Source: EuropeanVoice

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EU Wants Internet Firms' Encryption Keys InternetFirms


A top European Union official wants Internet and telecommunication companies to hand over encryption keys to police and spy agencies as part of a wider crackdown on terrorism.


The EU's Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, in a document leaked by London-based civil liberties group Statewatch, says the European Commission should come up with rules that require the firms to help national governments snoop on possible suspects.


"Since the Snowden revelations, Internet and telecommunications companies have started to use often decentralised encryption that increasingly makes lawful interception by the relevant national authorities technically difficult or even impossible," notes de Kerchove in the document.

Source: euobserver

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EU Focuses on Counterterrorist Response  response



Following terrorist attacks in France and counterterrorist police operations in Belgium, the European Commission is now determined to move forward on the issue of terrorism. After years of slow improvements, it seems EU officials are going to discuss this further. A EU high-level meeting will take place on 12 and 13 February with security topping the agenda. However, security remains one of the bastions of Member States' sovereignty which limits the power of the Commission.


In order to ease the work, the focus must be brought on implementing security arrangements that member states have already agreed to. As a matter of fact, the commission considers there is no need to establish new tools and a better use of existing ones should be sufficient. A number of initiatives will be discussed by heads of state next month, including an EU-wide definition of a 'foreign terrorist fighter'.


Source: EuropeanVoice

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EU Flight Data Bill Set for Possible OverhaulDataBill 



After three years of negotiations on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive, the European Commission declared it will review its proposal in order to accommodate issues encountered in the European Parliament and Council. 

The bill requires EU airlines to hand over the personal details of their customers to the police where it can be kept for up to five years. Several committees from the Parliament have been asking for better safeguards. 

The new proposal should also take into account the European Court of Justice ruling which invalidated the Data Retention Directive. The directive would create an EU-wide legal basis for the data sharing for all 28 member states. Around 15 countries are already putting in place their own national PNR systems, cofinanced by the commission while debates continue in the European institutions.  

Source: euobserver

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Latvia Attempts Another Compromise on CybersecurityLatvia 



The European Parliament, Council, and Commission are discussing a directive on network security to identify cyberattacks that could be "vital" threats to the EU.


The objective of the Latvian presidency is to secure a negotiating mandate in late February. Two major issues have stalled negotiations: arrangements for cooperation between member states for information exchange and the directive's scope. While Parliament is willing to make concessions on cooperation arrangements, members of European Parliament expect something in return on the scope.


Parliament deleted from the text the "Internet facilitators" and digital service platforms included by the commission. The question arises in particular for services like domain name management, search engines, and cloud services. The problem is that certain services are considered critical in some countries but not in others. Arguing national security reasons, Member States want to keep decision-making power as to the entities that will be required to report incidents.


Source: Europolitics

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Merkel Urges New EU Law on Data TrackingMerkel 

 Chancellor Angela Markel has warned against intrusive data monitoring.


An EU directive on data retention was made invalid by a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling last April. That 2006 directive opened up private communications data to police, but message content was still protected. Merkel's statement contrasts with the uproar in Germany last year over U.S. mass surveillance of internet traffic. She was speaking in the lower house of parliament (Bundestag) about measures to prevent attacks like the killing of 17 people in Paris by Islamist gunmen.


Besides the ECJ ruling, Germany's constitutional court also set out strict legal guidelines in 2010 on data retention. The revelations by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden - now a fugitive in Russia - triggered fresh privacy concerns in Germany last year, when the scale of U.S. eavesdropping on communications became clear. Merkel, leader of the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), said German regional interior ministers had agreed on the need for a legal "minimum period" of data retention, so that suspects' data records could be accessed in police investigations.

To read the entire article click here.

Source: BBC

Belgian Counterterror Raid Leaves Two DeadBelgian 

A third person has been arrested in the raid in Verviers and weapons are reported to have been recovered. Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told reporters police had targeted a group returning from Syria who had been about to launch attacks in a matter of hours. Suspects had opened fire on police, he said. There were also overnight searches in the Brussels area.

Speaking after the raids in Verviers, Van Der Sypt said: "The suspects immediately, and for several minutes, opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralised."

After the raid, four Kalashnikovs, bomb-making equipment and police clothing were found, according to local media. Security forces remain in the Verviers area.

To read the entire article click here.

Source: BBC

Shining a Light on the Dark NetShining 

Want a fake passport? How about an arsenal of guns? Or just click online and with anonymity assured you could be dealing in drugs. It's all there in a hidden black market called the Dark Net.

On the Frontline shines a light into the shadows of the Dark Net, a hidden part of the web that is only accessible with special software like the Tor browser. It is increasingly being used for crime and the potential for terrorism has raised many questions across the globe.


To read the entire article click here.

Source: Euronews

Man with Fake Gun Disrupts Dutch Broadcaster NOS NOS

A man wielding a fake gun has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled. Staff were evacuated from the building in the Media Park in the city of Hilversum.

The man, smartly dressed and carrying what appeared to be a long pistol, paced around a studio, reportedly demanding airtime. Armed police then stormed into the studio and overpowered him. Prosecutors later said that the man, aged 19 and from the town of Pijnacker near The Hague, was in police custody. He is being held on suspicion of making a threat, weapons possession and taking a hostage, officials added.


To read the entire article click here.

Source: BBC

Retail Crime in UK at 10-Year HighRetailCrime 

Crime cost the United Kingdom retail industry £603 million in the 2013-14 financial year, 18 percent  higher than the previous 12 months, according to new research. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said shoplifting, cybercrime, and fraud is now at its highest since its current recording system began in 2004.


The BRC report said that the "upward trend in the value of these offences is thought to be due to the continued impact of organised gangs stealing in volume and targeting higher value items to sell on," It said retailers surveyed "estimated that 40 percent of shop theft is carried out by organised gangs, with the majority of fraud also attributed to activity by organised groups."


To read the entire article click here.

Source: BBC

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Deadline: 16 February 

Register before 16 February for the  ASIS 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition (ASIS Europe 2015) and save up to €220 on the regular nonmember registration fees or €120 on the member registration fee for the full conference!


ASIS Europe 2015 will take place on 29-31 March, 2015, in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Centre.

ASIS Europe 2015 is a unique end-user focused business summit that is expected to attract more than 500 senior security professionals from all over Europe and beyond. To explore the conference programme click here
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New ASIS Middle East 2015 Keynote Speaker Announced ME


A New Approach to Negotiation
Professor Moray McLaren, IE Business School, Spain

Since the 1970s, humanity has been encouraged to move from conflict to more cooperative approaches to life and business. Despite this, it seems that conflict continues mostly unabated. In this plenary closing session at the ASIS 6th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, Moray McLaren will explore the personal and business impact of living within such challenging times, and posits whether, in a world with an increasing number of winners and losers, it is still appropriate to speak of "win-win"?


Moray McLaren is an Associate Professor at IE Business School in Madrid. In 2012 and 2014, the Financial Times ranked IE as the top business school in Europe. He is also an entrepreneur and business consultant.

Moray's interest in dispute resolution dates back two decades. Following the Dayton Agreement, he coordinated and led a UN-sponsored project in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hertzegovina, that brought together all parties of the Yugoslavian war to avoid future conflicts. He went on to train as a mediator and lecturer in dispute resolution.

In 2005, Moray cofounded Iberian Legal Group, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and in 2014 was a founding partner of Redstone Consultants, one of the world´s leading consultancies for professional businesses. Over the last 10 years, he has advised businesses across Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Asia.

Moray has a special interest in service-led businesses, including law firms. He is a trained lawyer and executive coach and a member of the Advisory Board of Law Without Walls, a global scholarship program for young lawyers.

He was formerly a member of the Expert Committee of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers' Report.


Dubai, UAE

15-17 February, 2015


The ASIS 6th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai on 15-17 February 2015. In a short time, this event has become the most prestigious and influential gathering of security professionals in the Middle East. The 2015 iteration of the event will take place under the patronage of his Excellency Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of Police and General Security (left).

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April 22-23 -- ASIS 25th New York Security Conference and Exhibition, New York City, New York, United States

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