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Spain Chapter Completes Course on Organizational Resilience Standard
The Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, AENOR, delivered an introductory course on the ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009 Standard, "Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management", to 20 members of the Spain Chapter in Madrid.
ASIS International signed an agreement with AENOR to translate into Spanish five of the ANSI/ASIS standards, including three corresponding to the CPP preparation bibliography.
The SPC.1-2009 standard specifies requirements to implement an appropriate organizational resilience management system. It enables organizations to develop and implement policies, objectives, and programmes taking into account:
- legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes,
- information about significant hazards and threats that may have an impact on the organization and its stakeholders,
- and protection of critical assets (physical, intangible, environmental, and human).
This standard applies to the risks and impacts that the organization identifies as those it can control, influence, or reduce. It does not state specific performance criteria.
France Chapter Participates in Security Conference in Morocco
France Chapter member, Alexandre Petit
The France Chapter participated in the Préventica Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on March 17-19 in Casablanca, Morocco.
Chapter members, Sylvain Arnold and Alexandre Petit attended the event with Medhi Serghini, a member of the France Chapter who is based in Morocco.
- Sylvain Arnold, cybersecurity expert, participated in an international roundtable on cybersecurity, which is a sensitive topic for all CSOs.
- Alexandre Petit gave a keynote presentation to more than 20 attendees on the differences and interests between internal security services and external suppliers.
The chapter's participation was much appreciated because the local security sector needs to be organized. Many contacts were developed between ASIS members, the local authorities, and organizations. Cooperation will be pursued among several companies and CSOs.
The France Chapter expects this type of collaboration to support the genesis of a new chapter in Morocco in the years to come.
Ireland Chapter Celebrates 21st Anniversary
Chapter Chair, John Bailey welcomes the delegates
The Ireland Chapter celebrated its 21st anniversary during an event at the Facebook European headquarters in Dublin. The event was attended by more than 90 delegates, including ASIS International President, Dave Tyson, CPP.
Chapter Chair, John Bailey welcomed the guests to the event, then several educational sessions were presented :
- David Snow, head of special investigations for Zurich Ireland, gave a presentation on identity theft.
- Mike Croll, head of field security, European External Action Service, offered an impressive presentation with his death clock analogy.
- Jim Coursey, global security, intelligence, and investigations manager at Facebook, provided insight into how the specialised team at Facebook mitigate threats to the company's assets and brand.
- Sarah O'Donnell, communications director of the Irish Security Industry Association, presented details of a national survey--which is currently in progress with the cooperation of the ASIS Ireland Chapter--to examine women in security.
The educational session was followed by a reception at which Chapter Chair John Bailey thanked Facebook for hosting the event and the speakers for their excellent and thought-provoking presentations. Finally, he invited ASIS International President Dave Tyson, CPP, to cut the cake.
Among those attending the Ireland Chapter celebration were John Bailey, Ireland Chapter chair; Godfried Hendriks, CPP, ASIS board member; Dave Tyson, CPP, ASIS International president; Donie O'Callaghan, ASIS assistant regional vice president; Mike Hurst, United Kingdom Chapter vice chair; Joe Cully, CPP, Ireland Chapter treasurer; and David Askins, PSP, Ireland Chapter webmaster.
UK Chapter Partners with London First
Last March, United Kingdom Chapter Chair Andy Williams, CPP, FSyI and London First Director of Security & Resilience Robert Hall, MBCI, MSyI signed an agreement at the ASIS UK Spring Seminar to promote mutual objectives in security resilience.
This agreement will deepen the relationships and ensure the development of greater cooperation between both organizations.
The Presence of Off-Duty Police in the V.I.P. Protection Scene
Angelos Agrafiotis, ASIS Aegean Chapter Chair
It wasn't until 30 years ago that executive protection in Greece became prominent. Before that, politicians, journalists, business executives, and artists used uncertain measures such as technology for the protection of their homes, and temporary hires for V.I.P. protection at galas and events.
Over the past few years, however, terrorism, anarchism, and criminality have risen sharply in Greece. The terrorist organization 17 November (17N), was an active threat from 1975 through 2002, and law enforcement was largely ineffective in combatting it.
Additionally, Greece is being plagued by anarchist groups that cooperate with criminals and perpetrate kidnapping, blackmail, and attacks even on judges. In response, organizations have increased security measures. Some V.I.P.s choose armored cars, surrounded by security teams on motorbikes or in cars, escorting them 24 hours a day.
How are bodyguards selected in a country in which problems like the above appear constantly? The profession of a bodyguard is not recognized by the Greek state, hence there are no standards or common training requirements to complete in order to become a bodyguard.
Moreover gun possession in Greece, as in the European Union, is not allowed for professionals except for law enforcement. This gap offers active policemen the chance to provide their services-because the Greek state gives them the right to carry a weapon 24 hours per day--and gain an extra, albeit illegal, income.
When a V.I.P. receives an anonymous threat, they may hire policemen to ensure the security of their establishments, personal residences, and workplaces, as well as transportation of their whole families. This results in the activation of more policemen, increasing the number of individuals equipped with gun licenses.
This practice also burdens the police service and reduces the opportunities for professional bodyguards and private security companies, which invest in training abroad. In order to overcome this problem, the Greek state should adopt best practices of the bodyguard profession and be stricter with police officers about exploiting their positions and illegally practicing the profession of bodyguard.
At this moment, there are dozens of competent bodyguards--with excellent resumes--left jobless, because police officers deprive them of jobs they are qualified to do.
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ASIS International News
Former CIA and NSA Director to Keynote at ASIS 2015
Join security colleagues from around the globe for the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) 28 September - 1 October 2015 in Anaheim, California, USA. ASIS 2015 brings together 19,000+ practitioners and solutions providers to learn, network, and problem solve.
This year's top-name keynote speakers
provide keen perspectives on security in an environment of increasing geopolitical strife and terrorism. Wednesday's address by General Michael Hayden
, former director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, will discuss the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic, and security situations facing the planet.
Former New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly (Tuesday) and former Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command General James Mattis (Thursday Closing Luncheon) will provide their first-hand insights on the continuing War on Terror and leadership.
This year, ASIS 2015 is pleased to join the International Buyer Program
(IBP), an effort that has brought thousands of international buyers to the U.S. for business-to-business matchmaking with U.S. firms. International trade specialists will be available on-site in the International Trade Center to provide matching assistance and expert trade counselling to international delegates and U.S. exhibitors. Global buyers benefit with free admission to both the Expo Hall and the keynote addresses as well as other special considerations.
Contact the Commercial Service Specialist at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to discuss participation, or locate an Export Assistance Center
SASIG Invites ASIS International and CSO Roundtable Members
The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) invites ASIS International and CSO Roundtable members to attend a free one-day meeting hosted by BT on 8 May 2015 at the BT Centre, in London.
The meeting will be looking at varying aspects of the Insider Threat, culminating in a discussion about the true nature of the clear and present danger represented by those with authorised access to our systems, information, and premises.
The event will be attended by an academy of distinguished speakers, and is expecting an audience of over 140 delegates from the front line of corporate and cybersecurity.
For more information, please download the invitation.
To register please send an email to Francesca.Collins@thesecurityco.com or call +44 1234 707026.
Cybersecurity Directive Held up in Face of Wild West Internet
Disagreements between member states are holding up proposals for pan-European cybersecurity rules, whilst experts warn that the threat from an anarchic Internet is increasing. The Latvian presidency of the European Council wants to begin negotiations on the proposed network and information security (NIS) directive by end of April, but needs a mandate from the member states before doing so.
The directive would oblige infrastructure-critical companies to report any cyberattacks, but the definition of what types of companies would be included within the scope of the reporting within the directive remains controversial. A key outstanding issue focuses on the extent to which US giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook--so-called "over-the-top" companies--will be caught by the directive, and obliged to make reports in respect to cyberattacks.
Read more here.
ENISA Reports EU Lacks Unified Vision for Standard on Cybersecurity
According to the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), there is a lack of "unified vision" from EU institutions on the development and adoption of standards in the area of cybersecurity.
ENISA stated that standards for cybersecurity, such as security products, testing of network and information security, and processes and procedures for cross-border communications between regulators on cybersecurity incidents, were crucial; in particular for electronic identification (e-ID) and the verification of online identities by trusted service providers. However, it currently takes too long for cybersecurity standards to be introduced after new technology has been brought into the market.
ENISA emphasized that the European Union needs to "address" its "strategy towards standardisation in the area of ICT" in general because its "current approach" is "not consistent and lacks a unified vision."
Insecurity Casts Pall over EU's Backyard
Last March the European Commission published reports on 12 states neighbouring the European Union that collectively show that conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Palestine have significantly constrained the European Union's efforts to promote trade, human rights, and political reform.
However, the European Commission reports, which are published annually, indicated that some countries in difficult security situations had managed to make political progress. The reports praised elections in Ukraine, Moldova, and Tunisia and stated that Jordan had maintained its "democratic transition process."
Though elections were twice delayed in Lebanon, the Commission also concluded that Lebanon had managed to achieve "progress on human rights and fundamental freedoms."
Read more here
The Role of Technology in Securing Data Privacy
The future Internet of Things (IoT) will connect nearly 26 billion devices by 2020 and lead to many new applications. Cars, homes, and buildings, along with entire cities, industries, and large-scale infrastructure such as transport and energy networks will start collecting data to better serve individuals' needs.
Faced with a complex ecosystem of market players (including data brokers, analysis companies, third-party advertisement companies, and so forth) and large quantities of raw data, how can we provide individuals with the ability to control their data?
According to loannis Krontiris, privacy expert at Huawei's European research centre in Munich, Germany, applications and services within the IoT must be designed with privacy in mind from the beginning: this is what we call privacy by design. Besides, new and upcoming solutions that enable users to control the collection, management, and disclosure of their personal data can help increase transparency, awareness, and the engagement of users with their data.
Read more here.
Source: The Parliament Magazine
French Network Exposes its own Password on TV
While French authorities continued investigating how the TV5Monde network had 11 of its stations' signals interrupted the night before, one of its staffers proved just how likely a basic password theft might have led to the incident.
In an interview about the satellite hack with French news programme 13 Heures, TV5Monde reporter David Delos unwittingly revealed at least one password for the station's social media presence. He was filmed in front of a staffer's desk that was smothered in sticky notes and taped index cards covered in account usernames and passwords.
Delos' segment revealed the usernames and passwords for TV5Monde's Twitter and Instagram accounts, but they were too difficult to read in an archived video of the broadcast.
That wasn't the case for the YouTube information, however; a Twitter user confirmed that account's displayed password was "lemotdepassedeyoutube," which translates in English to "the password of YouTube."
Read more here.
Austria Court Considers Facebook Privacy Case
Max Schrems accuses Facebook of mass surveillance of its users
Some 25,000 users -- led by Austrian law graduate Max Schrems -- accuse Facebook of violating European privacy laws in the way it collects and forwards data. The case has been brought against Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin, which handles accounts outside the United States and Canada.
Facebook's lawyers have argued for the case to be dismissed. They presented a list of procedural objections at a court hearing in Vienna. Mr Schrems -- a campaigner for data protection -- said he brought the claim to stop what he calls mass surveillance by the social networking site.
Source: The BBC
Estonia Redefines National Security in a Digital Age
With several nations currently recovering from, or preparing for, cyberattacks, one former Soviet republic is launching an ambitious new programme that would protect its people, rewrite international law, and ultimately have wide-scale implications.
As Russian tanks rolled into Crimea last summer, Estonians were also preparing for a possible invasion. Officials of the Baltic state, considered by some as the tech capital of Europe, put renewed focus on an innovative plan to protect the country's vast digital identity through the creation of what they call "data embassies."
Officials see these data embassies -- online storage and remote servers that would be afforded the same protections as traditional embassies -- as integral to the nation's security.
Source: Al Jazeera
BBC Researchers Expose Security Guard Scandal
Thousands of licensed security guards could be working in the United Kingdom fraudulently after buying qualifications for cash, a BBC investigation has found.
Job seekers must sit mandatory exams to get a Security Industry Authority card. But undercover researchers found colleges happy to sit or forge exams for untrained students for a fee. With a fraudulently obtained SIA licence, a researcher got a job offer at a power station and an interview to guard Canary Wharf.
Keith Vaz MP called it "a major scandal" and "one of the most shocking things I've seen in all the years I've chaired the Home Affairs Select Committee."
Source: The BBC
London to Host ASIS Europe 2016
ASIS International will organize its 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition 6 to 8 April, 2016 in London.
Participants will be able to share and learn effective strategies and solutions for securing their organisations' people, property, and information in today's challenging global security environment.
Subject matter experts are invited to participate in the conference programme by submitting a proposal for a presentation.
Proposals on all security-related topics are accepted, including: 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 and convergence, investigations, due diligence, and global business issues.
Deadline: 15 September, 2015
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ASIS 7th Middle East Security Conference and Exhibition
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 email@example.com
IFSEC International Returns to London in June
The global stage for security innovation and expertise, IFSEC International returns to the UK capital, running at London's ExCeL from 16 to 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 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, which 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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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
6-8 April, 2016 -- ASIS 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
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