March 2015, No. 121

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Effective Management for Security Professionals Course 




  Cyber Europe 2014 Completed

EU Nations Urged to Cooperate Against Terrorism


Cyber Homes Vulnerable to Cyberattacks


Impact of Art Trafficking on International Security


Counterterrorism Experts in EU Delegations


Italy Warns that ISIS in Libya is a Threat to Europe


Sim Card Firm Links GCHQ and NSA to Hack Attacks


Paris Night Drone Mystery deepens


Cameron Defends Security Services Over 'Jihadi John'  




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Stories in this issue:


Ireland Chapter Celebrates 21st Anniversary; Aegean Chapter Annual Congress; Switzerland Chapter Focuses on Smart Cities; France Chapter Information and Security Conference; ASIS Nordic Days, Spain Chapter Hosts Negotiation Seminar; Muñoz Named Top New Recruiter; Austria Chapter Meets in Vienna; Effective Management for Security Professionals Course; Cyber Europe 2014 completed; EU Nations Urged to Cooperate Against Terrorism; Smart Homes Vulnerable to Cyberattacks; Impact of Art Trafficking on International Security;  Italy Warns that ISIS in Libya is a Threat to Europe; Sim Card Firm Links GCHQ and NSA to Hacks; Paris night Drone Mystery Deepens; and Cameron Defends Security Services Over Jihadi John.

ASIS EuropeAsisEurope

Ireland Chapter Celebrates 21st AnniversaryIreland  

By John Murphy

The ASIS Ireland Chapter will celebrate its 21st anniversary on March 27 at an event hosted by the Facebook headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. 
The event will be attended by Dave Tyson, CPP, ASIS International president; Godfried Hendriks, CPP, ASIS board member; Nicolas Le Saux, CPP, regional vice president, Region 9-A; and Mike Hurst, vice chair, strategy, United Kingdom Chapter.

The event will begin with an educational session, followed by a networking reception. The educational sessions will include presentations from: 

  • David Snow, head of Special Investigations Zurich, on identity theft.
  • Mike Croll, head of Field Security, European External Action Service who will discuss the management of international security risks.
  • And Jim Coursey, global security, intelligence, and investigation manager at Facebook, who will discuss security and intelligence in the digital age.

The event announcement has generated much interest and the chapter is looking forward to welcoming ASIS President Dave N. Tyson, CPP, who will be the second ASIS International President to attend an Ireland Chapter event.   


Further details can be found at or obtained by e-mail at 


John Murphy is vice chair of the Ireland Chapter  


ASIS Aegean Chapter Annual CongressAegean 

Aegan Chapter Chair Angelos Agrafiotis

The ASIS Aegean Chapter held its 6th Annual Congress on January 20 at the President Hotel in Athens, Greece.

Among the large number of attendees were chapter members, security experts, embassy workers, and representatives from security and safety magazines, who gathered for keynote presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities.

Keynote speakers included former Major General of the Hellenic Police Apostolos Alamanas, who is also the past director of the Financial Police Department and head of the Greek Mission to the European Police. Alamanas gave a presentation on European Operational programs EMPACT and Operation ΑRCHIMEDES.

Aaron Richman, CEO of TAM-C Solution, made a presentation titled "Integrating Intelligence into Private-Sector Risk Management Programs." Dr. Αndreas G. Koutoupis, head of internal audit services, Mazars Greece, spoke on the role of internal auditing in the enhancing of physical safety of the enterprises. And Journalist Maria Psarra gave a presentation titled "Police and the Media: Relationships of Love or Hatred?"

After the presentations, attendees and speakers had the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and to enjoy a buffet meal. The speakers also received honorary plaques (pictured below) for assisting the Aegean Chapter in staging another successful congress.



For more information about the Aegean Chapter visit  


Switzerland Chapter Focuses on Smart Cities smartcities  



On February 24 and 25, the Switzerland Chapter organised two educational events-one in in Zurich and one in Geneva. Thirty members attended both events, which introduced the chapter's 2015 theme of "Safe, Secure, and Resilient Smart Cities."

With 3.9 billion people or 54 percent of the world population living in urbanised areas that are growing by 1 million people per week, it is expected that more than $1.5 billion will be invested in smart cities by 2020. The question raised by Dr. Rolf H. Sigg, chair of Euralarm's security section and member of the Euralarm Task Group on Smart Cities, is "What share of these investments will be dedicated to resilience and security?"
The chapter invites volunteers to participate in a working group to define a Safe and Secure Smart City Policy and to launch a pilot project for a smart city in Switzerland.

For more information about the working group and the events calendar, please visit

France Chapter Information and Security ConferenceFrance   



Last January, the France Chapter held a Conference at the premises of Securitas in Paris, France. The main subject of the event was how CSOs can best mitigate risks to information security.

Sylvain Arnold, cybersecurity expert and chapter member gave a keynote presentation to more than 30 attendees about securing information systems, as well as presented an overview of the major threats. He also explained how access control was similar in physical and logical environments

ASIS Nordic DaysNordics     


Security, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals are invited to participate to the Annual ASIS Nordic Days hosted by the Finland Chapter on 7 and 8 May at Uunisaari in Helsinki, Finland.

ASIS Nordic Days are an excellent opportunity to network and meet professionals from security and security-related industries in Northern Europe. Speakers at the conference are internationally renowned and will make presentations concerning crisis management and the security risks faced as a result of extremist and jihadist organisations.

Please note that there is a limited number of 120 participants.

Registration is open until 30 April
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Spain Chapter Hosts Negotiation SeminarNegotiation   

Juan Muñoz, CPP, chair of the Spain Chapter and Mari Cruz Taboada faculty member for the ASIS/IE Business School Effective Management for Security Professionals Course

By Juan Muñoz

At the beginning of March, the Spain Chapter organised a full-day Advance Negotiation Seminar attended by fifty members and sponsor representatives.

The programme included topic segments such as negotiate to convince, negotiation concepts evolution, from an aggressive position to an agreement, negotiate to influence, multilateral negotiations, emotional factors, and the closing.

Mari Cruz Taboada was the main lecturer. A lawyer by education, Cruz runs her own legal consultancy firm and is also faculty member for the ASIS/IE Business School Effective Management for Security Professionals Course.

The seminar was well-received, and members expressed the desire for more executive education and training in line with the conclusions of the ASIS Foundation and University of Phoenix University published late 2014, "Security Industry Survey of Risks and Professional Competencies."

Juan Muñoz, CPP, is chair of the Spain Chapter.

Muños Named Top New Member RecruiterTopRecruiter      


Juan Muñoz, CPP, chair of the Spain Chapter has been recognised as the top recruiter of new ASIS members for the second consecutive year. He has brought a total of fifty five new members to the association in 2013 and 2014.

His continuous effort and commitment in strengthening the association is praised by ASIS Director of Membership and Regional Vice President Relations Matthew Mantione, "This is his second consecutive year as the top recruiter for new members, and it is a truly outstanding accomplishment. Juan continues to distinguish himself as a committed supporter of the ASIS Strategic Plan and his dedication and professionalism to the society and its members is exceptional."   

Austria Chapter Meets in ViennaVienna    


By Werner Preining

The Austria Chapter met on 19 February in Vienna at the premises of Securitas. Twelve Members and three guests attended the meeting, which was hosted by Johann Laub of Securitas and Chapter Chair Werner Preining, CPP.

The meeting opened with an abbreviated report on the chapter's activities and other subjects including:
  • The ASIS 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition to be held in Frankfurt, Germany on March 29 - 31, 2015.
  • The ASIS 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California, on 28 September 28 to 1 October .
  • Crisis Management, Business Continuity, IT Security, and other council's pre-seminar programs that will be held in Anaheim.
  • Activities of the Critical Infrastructure Working Group and the multiple benefits to ASIS members.
Next, those present were informed that Erik Maragoni and Preining will continue to serve on the ON 246 of the Austrian Standard Institute.

After this, Johann Laub presented security solutions offered by Securitas, including an unmanned and automated video-tower that can be configured according to the needs of the customer and that provides surveillance and detection over a large area at preferred spots in real time. This innovation was received with interest by the attendees.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation of Chapter Member Sebastian Puchner. He lectured about the "Human Factor in Security" - a topic that topic triggered a vivid discussion with the audience.

Werner Preining, CPP, is chair of the Austria Chapter .

ASIS International NewsASISInternationalNews 

Effective Management for Security Professionals Coursecourse


On 8 to 11 June, in Madrid, Spain, IE Business School will host the 5th iteration of the Effective Management for Security Professionals Course, developed in collaboration with ASIS and the involvement of the Spain Chapter. 


This four-day course is an executive programme specifically designed to assist mid-to-senior security managers in developing their business acumen in order to become more effective managers and leaders within their organization. The program is focused on business fundamentals and will help participants develop a salient voice in business matters and to create a strategic mind-set to lead in an environment of uncertainty.   


During this programme, participants will develop a sound understanding of how to:

  • Harness the dynamics of business fundamentals and the business challenges today's organisations are facing.
  • Develop a strategic understanding of the role of security management as  an enabler of business success.
  • Present a sound business case for security initiatives to ensure funding.
  • Become effective leaders in a nonhierarchical environment and across functional boundaries.
The course director is Professor Chris Walker and codirector is Juan Muñoz, CPP, chair of the Spain Chapter. The team of professors include international recognised experts in four areas of knowledge: corporate finance, organization behaviour and leadership; corporate and competitive strategy; and advance negotiation. 
The general objective of this course converges with ASIS's strategy of developing high-level executive education programs for experienced security practitioners. The aim is to gain understanding of critical business concepts and disciplines and learn how to leverage this knowledge to align security plans with corporate strategic goals.    
A past participant stated, "This was not the first time that I have taken part in a management skills training, but I knew straight away that this programme was different. IE Business School combined with ASIS means quality. Moreover, the diversity and richness of the experiences of each of the thirteen participants from seven different countries is what really added value to the learning experience."  

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EU OverviewEUOverview

Cyber Europe 2014 CompletedEnisa  



Cyber Europe 2014, the pan-European cybersecurity exercise conducted by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) was concluded at the end of February. This strategic-level exercise was the final scenario of a series that began last April with a technical-level exercise. More than fifty cybersecurity industry experts gathered to discuss the results of the exercises, review the cybercrisis management mechanisms available at a national and European level, identify the existing limitations, and explore the evolution of cybersecurity solutions.

Key points from ENISA included crisis escalation and multinational cooperation, as well as international legal implications. All the phases of the exercise are currently being reviewed by ENISA experts, who will present the key lessons learned in May. Cyber Europe 2016 will build upon the experience gained from Cyber Europe 2014 to continue improving cybersecurity in Europe. 

Read the press release here.   

EU Nations Urged to Cooperate Against TerrorismTimmermans     


European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans urged Member States to improve collaboration on security using the systems already in place. At the same time, France called for better coordination of border checks for foreign fighters returning from Syria and elsewhere. Timmermans highlighted the importance of sharing information especially when using tools such as Europol and other services. The modification of the Schengen agreement could be considered if other options fail to demonstrate satisfactory outcomes.    
Additionally, Timmermans and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve bolstered swift adoption of Passenger Name Record Directive.

Read more here 


Source: Euractiv   


Smart Homes Vulnerable to CyberattacksSmartHomes    



The European Union cybersecurity agency, ENISA, says the findings of a study on the threat landscape of connected homes show that smart homes could be vulnerable to cyberattacks. Devices such as sensors for lighting and electricity, alarms connected to the Internet, and media systems in smart homes were analysed. In its conclusion, the agency stated that there is a high potential for abuse of smart homes.
Sensors could be used by burglars to learn whether or not the home's inhabitants are present, their habits, or their state of health. ENISA pointed out that many of these risks could be mitigated if the devices are interconnected through a home hub rather than via the Internet and cloud-based services lacking sufficient security.  

Read more here    


Source: Europolitics


Impact of Art Trafficking on International Securityarts  



In his latest book, Erik Nemeth, director at Cultural Security, a U.S.-based nonprofit organisation, discussed the role played by art in funding international terrorism. National security strategies have leveraged culture in diplomacy, and tangible, cultural property increasingly holds significance for international security. In particular, the exploitation of cultural artifacts and monuments by nonstate actors poses a threat with long-term ramifications.

At present, groups such as ISIS terrorise locals with the destruction of mosques and derive funding from looted cultural artifacts. The destruction and looting are also aspects of cultural cleansing, which creates long-term political risk.

Read more here


Source: Euractiv   


Counterterrorism Experts in EU Delegationscounterterrorism  

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in the Juncker Commission Federica Mogherini.  

On 9 February, the 28 Member States of the EU revealed in an action plan their intention to send counterterrorism experts to the EU key delegations. Their mission will be to liaise with local authorities. Exact arrangements are yet to be determined. Only a small number of countries such as France and Belgium will voluntarily be sending experts. The ministers wish to strengthen the Union's partnership with Arab and Mediterranean countries to prevent the proliferation of foreign fighters.
The idea is to take "measures to dissuade and disrupt foreign terrorist fighters' travel as well as to manage their return." Such measures could include better information-sharing and monitoring of weapons.


Read more here 


Source: Europolitics

Italy Warns that ISIS in Libya is a Threat to EuropeIS

According to a RFI news article, Italy has issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State (ISIS) armed group establishing a stronghold in Libya that would threaten Europe's security. Security chiefs in Italy have approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against terror attacks.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told parliament that there is an "evident risk" of ISIS fighters in Libya forging an alliance with local militias or criminal gangs battling for control of the country.

Read more here.

Source: RFI

Sim Card Firm Links GCHQ and NSA to HacksSimcards   


According to the BBC News, Gemalto, the Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of the NSA-GCHQ hacking claims that the U.S. and U.K. cyberspy agencies did launched attacks on its computer systems. However, Gemalto denied that billions of mobile device encryption keys could have been stolen as a result.
The news site The Intercept alleged that spies had obtained the "potential to secretly monitor" voice and data transmissions after hacking the firm. 


Gemalto operates in 85 countries. Its clients include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint among more than 400 wireless network providers across the world.  


GCHQ and the NSA have not commented directly on the allegations.


Read more here.
Source: The BBC

Paris Night Drone Mystery Deepensparisdrone 


Since late February, drones have appeared over landmarks in central Paris and police are no closer to knowing who is operating them. Up to three drones were seen near the Invalides Military Museum, Place de la Concorde, and two of the old city gates.  


Flying drones over Paris at night is illegal and daytime flights require authorisation from the city. Five drones were seen the previous night in similar areas, including the Eiffel Tower and above the US embassy, close to Place de la Concorde.
However, some of the latest drone flights have been captured on film and will be analysed by a 10-strong team of investigators set up after the first incidents.


Read more here 
Source: The BBC

Cameron Defends Security Services Over 'Jihadi John'Jihadi



British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the country's security services after reports that a masked member of the Islamic State group known as "Jihadi John" had been on the United Kingdom's terror watch list for years. 
Cameron vowed to use all means at his disposal to hunt down Jihadi John, a day after the militant was identified by U.K. media and terror experts as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent has appeared in numerous videos released by the ISIS group, in which he apparently decapitates hostages including Americans, Britons, and Syrians.

"When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said.


Read more here.
Source: France 24 

Register Now for ASIS Europe 2015 !AsisEurop15




This is the last chance to participate to the ASIS International 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition that will take place 29-31 March 2015, at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Centre, in Frankfurt, Germany.


Register now to access 33 educational sessions and additional keynote presentations with a fantastic speaker line up including:

- Dr. Thomas de Maizière, federal minister of the interior, Germany.
He will provide a comprehensive overview of the security situation and introduce the economic security architecture in Germany.

- Axel Petri, SVP group security governance, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany.
Petri will explore the Snowden revelations, as well as digital criminals and their impact on the telecommunication service industry.

- Professor Martin Gill, director, Perpetuity Research, United Kingdom.
He will explore the Characteristics of Outstanding Security Performance.
Detailed programme available here.


Take part in a set of unique professional tours to renowned companies and prominent institutions in the Frankfurt area, reserved exclusively for the conference delegates (not exhibition visitors):
- Tour of Deutsche Bank Headquarters
- Tour of Frankfurt International Airport
- Tour of the Messe Frankfurt

Discover more about the tours here.


Participate in the CSO Roundtable Summit, a members-only forum of senior security executives. The CSO Roundtable Summit is held in parallel with the main educational sessions and will cover a range of business and risk topics.
Find more information here.

         ASIS 7th Middle East Security Conference and ExhibitionME16 


ASIS International 7th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition will be held 21 to 23 February, 2016, at the Events Centre of the InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The event will address a full spectrum of topics in security management such as: supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, 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.

The call for presentations is open:
Deadline: 3 July, 2015

For further information, please contact

or visit the website  


     IFSEC International Returns to London in JuneIFSEC 


The global stage for security innovation and expertise, IFSEC International returns to the UK capital, running at London's ExCeL from 16-18 June 2015. Following the phenomenal success of the 2014 show, IFSEC International 2015 is in high demand with 97 per cent of the floor plan already sold out. Big name sign-ups and stand out new exhibitors include: DELL, Mitsubishi Electric, Dorma UK, Capita IT Services, Cooper Security (EATON) and Videcon, plus many more.

With a 29 per cent increase in end user and international visitors in 2014, there is a big focus for 2015 to develop an even broader international attendance. Feedback demonstrated that 74 per cent of the audience recognised IFSEC International as the most prestigious worldwide event in the security industry.

To keep the show fresh IFSEC International has launched several new features this year including the introduction of the Innovation Arena, that will showcase all the latest technologies and solutions that are truly shaking up the industry and providing tangible benefits to those working across the security and fire industries. Following on in the theme of innovation and the latest technologies to come to market, the second new theatre to launch at IFSEC International in 2015 is the New Technologies Theatre, hosting a full programme of educational content around key themes including IP Security, BIM and wireless alarm and surveillance systems.

Returning for a second year Safe Cities will also be a central hub within IFSEC International to shape the future of urban security, civil welfare and disaster management. Safe Cities at IFSEC International will demonstrate how traditional and new security solutions can be interconnected, interoperable and future-proofed to play a vital role in the advanced security architectures of the future. Also back in 2015, Security & Fire Installer Live will be on hand to give guidance on the most effective methods for company expansion, as well as giving the opportunity to try products before purchasing.

If you are attending IFSEC International 2015, please register here.



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Whether the topic is a case study about a facility, an analysis of new legislation in your nation, an article about mitigating threats a look at fresh opportunities for the security profession, or other items that spread practitioner knowledge and best practices with other ASIS members, we would be glad to receive it.

Board certified professionals are entitled to claim up to 9 CPE credits per published article.

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29-31 March, 2015 -- ASIS 14th European Security Conference & Exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany

22-23 April, 2015 -- ASIS 25th New York Security Conference and Exhibition, New York City, New York, United States   


8-11 June, 2015 - ASIS/IE Business School: Effective Management for Security Professionals, Madrid, Spain


27 September- 1 October, 2015 -- ASIS 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Anaheim, California, United States


21-23 February, 2016 -- ASIS 7th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 


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