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Dick Oey, CPP
ASIS International has developed a series of webinars featuring speakers and content tailored to European security practitioners. The first in the series will be led by Dick Oey, CPP, owner of Enigma Solutions of The Netherlands. Oey is an experienced criminal investigator and retired senior intelligence officer, who has fulfilled high-profile investigative and management roles in law enforcement, intelligence, and special forces operations. He is a board member of the European Security Intelligence Foundation and has privately consulted for the U.S. Marine Corps, various law enforcement agencies, and industry. He specialises in advanced intelligence methodologies and provides out-of-the-box solutions for complex security and intelligence challenges.
The topic of the webinar will be Triple A© Applied Alternative Analysis. The webinar's content has been developed to help security practitioners apply the intelligence cycle to recognise threats and to anticipate trends or developments that might negatively impact their organisations.
The webinar is scheduled for 9 September at 16.00-17.00 Central European Summer Time.
ASIS Europe 2016 Presentation Submission Deadline Approaching
ASIS International will hold its 15th European Security Conference & Exhibition from 6 to 8 April, 2016, in London, United Kingdom.
Subject matter experts are invited to participate in the conference programme by submitting presentation proposals.
Proposals on all security-related topics are sought, 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, cybersecurity and convergence, investigations, due diligence, and global business issues.
Deadline: 15 September.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
UK Chapter Autumn Seminar
|The Japanese roof garden of the Brunei Gallery.|
With preparations for the April 2016 European Conference in London well under way, the United Kingdom Chapter would like to remind our European colleagues that they are welcome to attend any chapter events should they happen to be in the UK.
The UK Chapter Autumn Seminar will be held on 7 September. It will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
The speakers will be:
- Corin Dennison, CPP, Adidas, speaking on "Corporate Security: The Balance Between Security and Brand"
- Frank Armstrong -- former assistant commissioner of the City of London Police
- Dr. Vibhor Gupta, chapter technology lead, speaking on "Emerging Trends in Security Technology - What's Next?"
- Dave Clark, CPP, PSP, of the Francis Crick Institute
Following the presentations, there will be drinks, canapés, and networking in the heart of Bloomsbury. Additionally, our host has arranged exclusive access to their Japanese-inspired roof garden, created in 2001 and dedicated to Forgiveness. Also nearby is the Tavistock Square 7/7 Memorial on the railings outside the BMA. Members and guests will also have access to the Brunei Gallery Exhibition at SOAS.
To attend please contact Chapter Vice Chair Mike Hurst
Switzerland Chapter Conference on Smart Cities
Safe, Secure, and Resilient Smart Cities is this year's central theme of the educational program presented by the ASIS Switzerland Chapter. In line with a series of past successful evening meetings, two workshops, each based on the same programme, are organised on the afternoons of 15 and 16 September in Basel and Geneva respectively.
To support these two events, the Swiss Chapter board has gathered the following panel of experts:
- Ian Abbott, director for security, safeguards, safety and environment for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- André Duvillard, delegate of the Swiss Security Network
- Marc Henauer, head of MELANI Operation and Information Centre --Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance
- Roman Lehmann, member of the management board and area manager for Mid-Switzerland at Protectas SA
- Thomas Romig, chief, airport steering, at AIG Geneva Airport
- Peter Siebert, project manager, Smart City Berlin
Attendees will have the opportunity to question these experts on a variety of topics such as critical infrastructure, business continuity, and public-private partnerships.
Full information and registration available here or from the home page of the chapter's website www.asisonline.ch.
Germany Chapter Conference
ASIS members, friends, and guests are invited to the ASIS German Chapter Conference that will take place on 15 and 16 September in Potsdam:
The conference agenda is available here:
The ASIS Germany Chapter wishes to thank the following companies for their sponsorship:
- Litehouse Consulting GmbH
- W.I.S. Sicherheit + Service GmbH & Co. KG
- Privatimus GmbH
- AKE | SKABE GmbH
- mybreev GmbH
- Tango Security & Investigations GmbH
There are still a few hotel rooms left for attendees at:
Rate: €103,45 per night including breakfast
Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 88, D-14467 Potsdam
The hotel is located only 750 metres away from the event location.
For hotel reservation requests, please e-mail Uwe Roeniger.
Sixth Benelux Chapter Dinner at Foundation Night
|Benelux Chapter Members at Foundation Night 2014.|
The ASIS International Benelux Chapter is the only chapter in the world that spans three different countries: Its members come from Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Every year, dozens of Benelux Chapter members cross the ocean to attend the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits and traditionally come together on one of the evenings for dinner and socialising. Exhibitors and other guests from the region are also invited and many business relationships and friendships have started at these gatherings.
Current ASIS Board of Directors member Godfried Hendriks, CPP, took on the organisation of the Benelux Chapter Dinner in 2005.
"It was always great to get everyone together. But with groups of up to 40 attendees, it was a bit of a challenge to contact everyone and find out exactly how many were going to attend. Making dinner reservations for such a large group isn't easy and there is always the fact that different people have very different eating and drinking habits. This turns splitting the bill into a royal nightmare, even more so for the Dutch, after all, we invented 'Going Dutch.' When the ASIS Foundation planned a Texas BBQ at the 2010 Annual Seminar in Dallas, the Benelux Chapter decided to colocate the Benelux Chapter Dinner with Foundation Night, and it was such a success that it has been a regular thing ever since. I'm a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees since 2014 and becoming more and more impressed with all the great work that the Foundation does, so besides having fun and catching up, it is also very rewarding to contribute to the Foundation this way," he says.
Ben Suurd, who is a member of the Young Professionals (YP) Council and YP Representative of the Benelux Chapter, along with his colleague Aram Segaar, took on the organisation of the Benelux Chapter Dinner last year and are busy planning for the Sixth Benelux Chapter Dinner at Foundation Night in Anaheim this September.
According to Suurd, "A great location was selected for this year's Foundation Night on Wednesday 30 September -- The House of Blues. We grabbed the opportunity to reserve a few separate tables for our fellow Benelux Chapter members. It's not that we won't mingle with others -- quite the contrary! We see our dinner together as the basis of a wonderful evening on Foundation Night. By doing so we support the good work of the Foundation while having fun with our members and peers."
"Many chapters, councils and other groups still plan their dinners in local restaurants on Wednesday evening. However much fun they are having, it is a pity they are missing out on an opportunity to meet many other (new) friends and colleagues, while providing support to the Foundation in the process," notes Segaar. It would be a very positive trend if more groups would move their dinners to Foundation Night. The concept is simple: Chapters and groups can reserve their own reserved tables for a fixed fee of $95 each. In return, you get great food, an open bar with beer and wine, and great music. All that, with some excellent company of course."
For more information on the ASIS Foundation Dinner, contact Foundation Director Barbara Buzzell.
Executive Education Programme Launched in Spanish
IE Business School in Madrid has launched a Spanish version of the Effective Management for Security Professionals executive education course, which was developed in collaboration with ASIS International.
The Spanish version, in which the ASIS International Spain Chapter played a leading role, will be held in July 2016 in Madrid. The programme and faculty will be the same as the English version, although the course director will be Juan Muñoz CPP, chair of the ASIS Spain Chapter.
The Spanish adaptation, called Gestión Estratégica para Profesionales de Seguridad, is addressed to those ASIS members from Spain and Latin American countries who may have difficulty following the course in English.
Effective Management for Security Professionals, which was first held in 2010, has been attended by more than fifty ASIS International members from more than twenty countries. The course is a full four-day programme that focuses on strategy, operational finances, leadership, and negotiation.
France Chapter Addresses Terrorist Threat for CSOs
France Chapter Conference at Sanofi Headquarters
by Eric Davoine
On June 25, the ASIS International France Chapter held a conference that probed the increased threat of terrorism against private companies. In the past, terrorists have struck public areas, buildings or transport. The recent attacks against Charlie Hebdo and two industrial sites in the south of France have highlighted this new threat.
The roundtable was hosted at Sanofi headquarters with the help of sponsor Eden Guard. More than 50 members and guests attended.
After a short history of terrorism in France presented by Cédric Paulin of CNAPS, Ziad Hajar, director at Byblos Security, discussed the danger to security staff from terrorist threats as well as possible responses. Régis Dubois, who is a former member of an antiterrorist unit provided the attendees with counterterrorism technology and protective measures that could be helpful. Finally, Patrick Martin of Amarante International made an interesting presentation about blast effects on buildings.
After the conference, chapter members decided to create a working group on this subject. They are currently developing a white paper which should be released at the end of the year.
Before the conference, some chapter members also had the rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opéra Garnier. In addition to opera and ballet, many private and corporate events are hosted, each bringing their own security challenges. Constructed in 1875, the building also features interesting firefighting equipment, which is vital since the building contains a great deal of wood, curtains, and precious, but flammable decoration.
Eric Davoine is chair of the ASIS France Chapter Chapter and security manager at Natixis of Croissy Beaubourg, France.
Photo: Peter Rivera (via Wikimedia Commons)
ASIS Japan Hold Workshop Based on Dutch NEOS Programme
On 8 and 9 July the ASIS International Japan Chapter held a two-day Threat Based and Proactive Security Workshop in Tokyo. Berndt Rif, who acted as lecturer and course director, worked with the 17 participants.
The first day's curriculum was taught using a theoretical approach, but on the second day the participants had to act and think as opponents during a table top exercise, during which Rif helped the participants identify security threats.
The workshop was based on the New Era of Security (NEOS) Programme, which was implemented by the Dutch Central Bank between 2006 and 2011. The main thrust of this program is that every proposed security measure must be connected to a specific threat.
NEOS teaches that criminals and terrorists use the three-gates approach to gain access to companies' assets and information. They attack physical security measures (the physical gate), IT security measures (the logical gate), or via infiltration into staff or vendors (the human gate) to gain access to assets. The only way to protect companies against criminals and terrorists is a shared-threat perception as a basis for security measures taken at all three gates.
During the workshop, students were given the facts on the three-gates approach so that they could explain to the C-Suite the necessity of physical security measures in combination with predictive profiling.
Rif, who is a member of both the ASIS Physical Security Council and the ASIS Information Asset Protection and Preemployment Screening Council is developing a 2016 workshop that will focus on insider threat for the Japan Chapter.
Spain and Mexico Share Experiences
In July, the ASIS International Mexico City Chapter held Congreso Latinoamericano de Seguridad ASIS México in Mexico City. The event was a successful combination of exhibits, sessions, and a CSO Roundtable track of special presentations.
Juan Muñoz, CPP, chair of the Spain Chapter, delivered a session titled "Executive Education as the Way to Go into the C-Suite." The session reinforced the importance of the Wharton/ASIS Programme for Security Executives and the Madrid ASIS/IE Business School executive programs for security professionals as a fundamental and necessary step in training senior executives who manage companies at the highest level.
From left to right: Enrique Tapia, CPP, senior regional vice president, ASIS Region 7; Jaime Owens, CPP, ASIS Board of Directors member; Maria Teresa Septien, CPP, Women in Security representative, Region 7-A; Antonio Luna, CPP, Mexico City Chapter board member; Juan Muñoz, CPP, Spain Chapter chair; Cesar Romero, Mexico City Chapter vice president; Julieta Muñoz, regional vice president, ASIS Region 7-A; and Dave N. Tyson, CPP, ASIS International president.
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Wharton/ASIS Executive Security Programme
The next iteration of the Wharton/ASIS International Program for Security Executives will take place November 15 to 20 at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
The security risks facing your organization are greater than ever, yet these rising challenges corporate information security may not be reflected in your organization's budget. This joint venture between Wharton Executive Education and ASIS, the Program for Security Executives: Making the Business Case for Security, will help you work more effectively with other leaders in your organization and communicate the bottom-line impact of security decisions.
During this week-long certificate program, renowned Wharton faculty will cover the core concepts of business to broaden your managerial and strategic perspectives. Through this programme you will enhance your business instincts and sharpen your ability to tackle management challenges; learn to communicate a clear business case for investments in organizational information security policy; discover how to better present your strategy so that the C-Suite will listen and approve your recommendations; and discover how to manage your own resources to make the most impact for your organization.
Human Trafficking and Slavery White Paper Released
The ASIS International School Safety and Security Council, with the participation of the Crime and Loss Prevention, and Women in Security councils, has released a white paper, "Human Trafficking and Slavery: A Global Crime," which is available to ASIS members as a PDF at no cost.
In the introduction, the authors write, "This paper will reveal the many faces of those trafficked, though no definition can truly convey the monstrous nature of this social epidemic. It is a global sickness, the third largest revenue source of organized crime after narcotics and arms, and described as the fasted growing 'industry' in the world by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
The white paper provides the facts about the phenomenon: That there are 20 to 30 million people definable as slaves in the world today; that between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year; that children are trafficked not just for commercial sex, but to work in restaurants and hair and nail salons, do agricultural work, and to beg for money; and that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims.
Also included are ways to identify victims, how to report a suspected incidence of trafficking, and up-to-date trends in human trafficking.
Book Review: Cybersecurity Management
Cyber Security Management: A Governance, Risk and Compliance Framework by Peter R. J. Trim and Yang-Im Lee. Gower Publishing Limited; ashgate.com; 262 pages; $124.95.
The key word in the title of this British publication is "framework," and readers who are looking for instruction at an operational level will be disappointed. The authors do not have cybersecurity backgrounds, but they have conducted broad and extensive research into the subject of cybersecurity.
A considerable amount of attention is given to governance, business continuity, risk management, and "resilience" -- what practitioners in the United States might call "sustainability." Interestingly, there is also a lot of attention given to corporate intelligence and even counterintelligence. Emphasis is placed on the value of "marketing" -- called "business development" in America. These topics are not seen exclusively from a cybersecurity perspective.
The authors cite vulnerabilities in government, military, and private industry networks and promote cooperation among the three to achieve better defenses. They recognize that many solutions are beyond the scope of any individual entity. For example, the serious shortage of cybersecurity professionals and cybersecurity education at colleges and universities. They point out that senior management and even many IT professionals lack knowledge of cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and solutions.
Threats and vulnerabilities, reflecting the authors' extensive research, are discussed, and the book recommends elements of a robust security program. Ghostnet, Aurora, and Stuxnet are described as "cyber-weapons" developed by highly trained professionals, thus implying that they are state sponsored. The United States, China, Brazil, Germany, and India (in that order) are identified as originators of malicious activity. Curiously, a British software called Proteus is heavily and exclusively promoted throughout the book.
Cyberattacks are growing in volume and sophistication and will continue to do so. The authors believe that attacks will increase in severity before adequate solutions can be developed and deployed. The book will be most valuable to those implementing a cybersecurity program who need a strategic overview of what is required, and to those who have implemented such a program and wish to validate it.
Reviewer: G. Ernest Govea, CPP, is the facility security officer and security director of government security, for Parsons in Pasadena, California. He is a Vietnam veteran and has been responsible for the protection of classified information for 39 years with the military and the defense contractor community. He is a member of ASIS International.
From Military to Management: 10 tips for a smooth transition
By John Cowling
Each week I receive inquiries from soon to be ex-military and ex-police personnel seeking advice on transitioning to the private sector or from operational personnel asking about how to secure a position as a security consultant or manager. Whilst I am not in recruitment, I have worked my way up from operations, through management and now in consultancy and along the way observed a lot of change in the industry and seen personnel move up, down and sideways.
For those entering the job market, here is a personal summary of my top ten tips:
1. Understand you are the product you have to sell. You will have to convince a recruiter who does not know you and has not served alongside of you, that you are the best person for the job. With the huge downsizing of militaries and reduction in demand of expatriate operational personnel in conflict zones, there is a large surplus of personnel, pushing wages lower and qualifications higher as well as making securing the well-paid, career advancing opportunity harder.
2. Understand the job market. A position that is open this month, which may have similar key selection criteria to the position advertised next month may require a different type of person to fit in to their team. Seeking a new position is a journey, not something you decide today and achieve tomorrow.
3. Set goals. Understand which path through the forest you want to take and why you want to take it. Does this path suit your lifestyle, ethics, morals, culture and family?Read the rest of the article here.
John Cowling is a consultant working with Control Risks and is currently the Secretary of the ASIS Dubai Chapter. He is also an Assistant Regional VP for ASIS and serves on the Society's Middle East Advisory Council.
Updating your CV? You might also be interested in the upcoming webinar, which will be held on 27 August:
New EU Cybersecurity Rules to Hit U.S. Internet Firms
Large U.S.-based internet firms such as Cisco, Google, and Amazon will be subject to a new EU cybersecurity law forcing them to adopt tough security measures and possibly report serious breaches to national authorities. The Network and Information Security Directive has been stuck in talks between EU member states and the European Parliament because of disagreements over whether to include digital platforms such as search engines, social networks, e-commerce sites, and cloud computing providers. Currently, there is no pan-European cybersecurity law and only telecom operators are subject to the incident-reporting requirements.
EU Close to Sealing Deal with U.S. on Data-Sharing
The European Commission is working with the United States on the final details of a commercial data-sharing agreement that was put up for renegotiation following leaks two years ago that exposed U.S. mass surveillance practices. The European Commission has been negotiating with the United States since January 2014 to reform an existing deal allowing companies to transfer data easily between the two areas, known as "Safe Harbour." The arrangement originally dates from 2000, but the commission called for a review in 2013 after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about U.S. spying practices targeting European citizens and some heads of state.
EU Cybersecurity Agency Lacks Funds for Research
ENISA's Director of Operations Steve Purser
Europe's cybersecurity agency ENISA has admitted it is unprepared for the advent of the Internet of Things, lacking the money and expertise to meet the challenges posed by digitally connected devices. The Internet of Things may connect up to 20 billion devices to the Internet by 2020, according to the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy. The European Commission said that big data, cloud services, and the Internet of Things are central to the EU's competitiveness.
EU Data Privacy Chief Criticises Air Passenger Bill
EU Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli has said that a forthcoming law gathering detailed information on air passengers is too invasive and is unlikely to stop terrorism. The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive was proposed in 2011, rejected in 2013 by the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament and suspended a year later. It was then revived in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen attacks at the start of 2015 and is likely to be approved by the end of this year.
Education and Events
ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits
ASIS China 2015: Programme Now Available
The ASIS International China Conference will be held 3 and 4 December in Shanghai. It will be the first full-scale educational event in mainland China for security professionals under auspices of the world's largest association for security professionals.
The event will provide two days of cutting-edge educational sessions on a range of security topics by senior security professionals sharing their experience and best practices.
Region specific programme highlights for European members include:
- Security Protocol Behind the Factory Closing Wave in China
- Managing Commercial and Labor Disputes in China
- Security Measures Adopted in Pakistan for Ensuring Security on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
The full programme is here.
Registration will open this month!
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ASIS International invites members to submit articles to be published in future editions of EuroDynamics.
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 promote 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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