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What was discussed at last month’s World Border Security Congress in Madrid?

An excellent conference which was described by a senior border specialist of one of the 52 nations that were represented as, “a timely and important event focusing on the most challenging issues facing border management internationally”

The welcome session set the scene for the 3-day congress with an initial opening address from the Chairman, John Donlon QPM followed by inputs from the International Organisation for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the President of the European association of Airport and Seaport Police.

The keynote speakers on day one articulated the importance of Border Management activity internationally and the significant challenges, which Governments, Policy Makers and Law Enforcement Agencies face with increasing pressures in a difficult economic climate.

The task for the event was to explore the major issues that were common to so many nations and seek to share experiences and continue to develop border management resolutions and solutions.

With a global audience from 52 nations and nearly 250 participants the conference received some excellent presentations from a broad range of distinguished and experienced border related experts. Alongside this, and importantly, there were some exceptional discussions and debates teasing out some of the more demanding areas of concern and addressing them from a range of perspectives, both from government and commercial positions.

The congress was very fortunate to have significant support from the Ministry of Interior in Madrid, the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil. The event was also most fortunate to have the support of, and speakers from, a wide range of international security organisations who have a focus on and around border management operations. Organisations such as:
• Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
• International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
• United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism
• European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP)
• UK Border Force
• EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM-Libya)
• EUROPOL
• AFRIPOL
• African Union

This was a truly global conference seeking to address global border issues and challenges and one which highlighted the need for continued efforts in developing, national, regional and international; Coordination, Cooperation and Communication.

There was, this year, a great deal of focus on migration pressures and the need for nations borders to be; Ordered – Structured and Safe to assist the enormous amount of migrant movement at a time when the displacement of people is even greater now than any time since the second world war.

As predicted, terrorism continued to be topic of special interest with a number of speakers presenting on the significant challenges that we all face globally and are likely to face for many years to come.

At last year’s congress we heard a lot about Drug Smuggling and the international initiatives in place to tackle the issues, but not so much this year. However, we heard a lot more about Human Trafficking, a growing trend which is truly a global concern, with some particularly good references demonstrating how easy it is to miss something if you are not looking for it.

Modern Day Slavery was also a topic of considerable discussion and some figures that were quoted, in terms of the amount of people in slavery, estimated to be 45.8 million really drove home the extent of the issue.

There was some surprise that there was not more focus on Cyber activity and its potential implications for border management information systems but no surprise at all that there was a continuing theme on Information Sharing. Again, this year there were some very positive comments from Europol on the progress that has been made in this area over the last 12 months.

A number of presenters spoke of the continuing need for cooperation and coordination and a quote that was used on more than one occasion captured the way forward: “Alone we can only do so much, but together we can do so much more”.

The Chair of the congress closed at the end of day 3, thanking the participants for their active participation across a wide range of discussions and linked the fact that all who attended were seeking new ways through new challenges and treating those challenges as opportunities to do things better in the future.

The next World Border Security Congress will be held in Casablanca, Morocco from the 19-21 March 2019.

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3-day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress.

AEE (Avionics & Flight Ops) Conference Committee Set Agenda

The AEE (Avionics & Flight Ops) Conference Committee recently met to discuss the abstracts submitted for the conference programme and set the conference topics and agenda for the 2018 event. London played host to the committee meeting which enjoyed interesting and fruitful discussions to develop a leading conference programme and line up of international expert speakers.

Following a long days discussions, the committee approved the conference topics for 2018 will include: Mandates and Regulatory Updates – Implementing Mandates & Regulations: Case Studies – Evolution of the European Institutional Framework – Advances in ATM, Navigation & Surveillance – Advancing Integrated Systems & Connectivity – Disruptive Technologies and Trends.

Updates on the programme development can now be viewed on the website www.ae-expo.eu.

The January/February issue of World Security Report has arrived

Download your World Security Report at www.torchmarketing.co.uk/WSRJan18

Special Issue: CNI Focus

Please find here your downloadable copy of the January/February issue of World Security Report for the latest views and news, incorporating Border Security Report.

World Security Report in this issue:

– Threats to Critical Infrastructures: An Overview for Telecom
and Energy Sector
– Managing Resilience in Critical Grid Situations – Success & Challenges
– CyberSecurity Predictions for 2018 – Threats via social media and Wireless networks will dominate next year
– Protecting critical utility infrastructure
– Security, Infrastructure, Rising Taxes and Charges, Smarter Regulation Top Agenda for MENA
– Planes, Trains and Automobiles
– Navigating the Cyber Sea of Compliance
– S&T’s Dam Simulation Program Saves Lives and Saves Taxpayers Nearly $50M
– Agency News
– Industry News
– Event Calendar

Border Security Report in this issue:
– The World’s Deadliest Border
– The Body Cavity Bomber
– ICAO traveller identification event highlights key aviation role in combatting terrorism and cross-border crime
– Artificial Intelligence
– UN Migration Agency Launch First Global Migration Data Portal
– Enhancing border security by detecting illicit travel documents
– Agency News and Updates
– World Border Security Congress
– Industry News

Download your World Security Report at www.torchmarketing.co.uk/WSRJan18

 

The latest issue of World Security Report has arrived – October 2017

Please find here your downloadable copy of the September/October issue of World Security Report for the latest views and news, incorporating Border Security Report.

World Security Report in this issue:

– Protecting Critical Infrastructure
– NIAC Warns That United States is “Falling Short” in Defending Critical Infrastructure
– Exhibition and Terror – the need for a new security concept
– Planes, Trains and Automobiles
– Fighting back – the strength of modern e-learning
– In cloud computing, more data loss on the horizon
– Collaborating and Cooperating for Greater Security
– Agency News
– Industry News
– Event Calendar

Border Security Report in this issue:
– United Nations civil aviation body urges greater cooperation for more effective aviation security
– Security Council re-authorizes operations to disrupt migrant smuggling off coast of Libya
– Bomb Technicians and Portable X-Rays: it is all Black and White
– World Customs Organization supports Indonesian Customs to strengthen its IPR border enforcement
– Dismantling and Arrest of a Moldovan Criminal Organisation
– INTERPOL General Assembly adopts data processing policy on refugees
– Agency News and Updates
– World Border Security Congress
– Industry News

Download here: www.torchmarketing.co.uk/WSROct17

The latest issue of World Security Report has arrived

Please find here your downloadable copy of the July/August issue of World Security Report for the latest views and news, incorporating Border Security Report.

Download here: www.torchmarketing.co.uk/WSRAug17

In this issue:
– G4S Risk Consulting Global Forecast 2017 Quarter 3
– Technology Evolution: Cyber Security Challenges and Opportunities
– Beyond European Critical Infrastructures
– WannaCry and The Threat Environment
– Drones are risky business
– Event Preview: DSEI Celebrating its 10th Edition
– Agency News
– Industry News
– Event Calendar

The Border Security Report supplement in World Security Report – in this issue:
– Digital Identity or Government Profile
– Free Movement of People in Africa and Mitigating Security Impediments
– Border Security in Ghana
– ICAO and the IOM: Enhancing effective border control and migration management in Africa
– Agency News and Updates
– World Border Security Congress
– Industry News

Download here: www.torchmarketing.co.uk/WSRAug17

You can pick up your hard copy issue from our stand in the Security Zone at DSEI, Docklands London – 12th-15th September 2017 – Stand N4-198.

May/June issue of World Security Report available

Please find here your downloadable copy of the May/June issue of World Security Report for the latest views and news, incorporating Border Security Report.

World Security Report in this issue:

– GPS disruption and Critical National Infrastructure
– EUROPOL Report on the Trafficking or Distribution of Drugs in Europe
– A Military Perspective on Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience
– Terrorist attacks on airports: lessons learned from recent events (Brussels and Istanbul)
– Agency News
– Industry News
– Event Calendar

Border Security Report in this issue:
– Smarter Borders in Spain
– Addressing Threats and Challenges of Border Security in Ukraine
– Progress on ICAO compliance
– Brexit, Borders and Cyber Security
– Agency News and Updates
– World Border Security Congress
– Industry News

World Security Report, incorporating Border Security Report, is your bi-monthly electronic, fully accessible e-news service distributed to over 100,000 organisations globally. It tracks the full range of problems and threats faced by today’s governments, armed and security forces and civilian services and looks at how they are dealing with them. World Security Report is a prime source of online information and analysis on security, counter-terrorism, international affairs and defence.

Download the latest issue of World Security Report >>

Successful 2017 CIPRE in The Hague

The 2017 Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe conference was a great success with 150 delegates from 27 countries participating in the excellent discussions in The Hague, Netherlands on 9th-11th May.

Following the Opening Keynote with speakers:
– Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General for Security, DG HOME, European Commission
– Dr. Timo Hauschild, Head of CIP section, Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Germany
– Colonel (GS) Wolfgang Paulik, Director of the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence

The delegation enjoyed the IET Round Table discussions, as well as presentations from 30 international experts in CIP and CIIP.

March/April 2017 World Security Report available for download

Please find your downloadable copy of the March/April issue of World Security Report for the latest views and news, incorporating Border Security Report.

World Security Report in this issue:
– UN Resolution Highlights INTERPOL’s Role in Protecting CNI from Terrorists
– Brazil’s prison system at breaking point
– The Threat from above
– Cyber Security in the Critical National infrastructure
– Agency News
– Industry News
– Event Calendar

Border Security Report in this issue:
– Border Metrics: How to Effectively Measure Border Security and Immigration Control
– Ensuring Successful API and PNR Projects
– ICAO TRIP Seminar strengthens border control efforts in the Caribbean
– EUROPOL’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre: One Year On
– A Summary of Frontex Risk Analysis Report 2017
– Agency News and Updates
– World Border Security Congress
– Industry News

Download your copy here >>

Announcing Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe Preliminary Conference Programme

Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe has announced the Conference Programme topics of discussion, giving an interesting insight and challenging the latest issues relevant to CNI operators and CIP agencies.

Download the Preliminary Conference Programme guide (pdf) here >>

World Security Report 2017 Media Pack for download

World Security Report, incorporating Border Security Report, is your bi-monthly electronic, fully accessible e-news service distributed to over 50,000 organisations globally. It tracks the full range of problems and threats faced by today’s governments, armed and security forces and civilian services and looks at how they are dealing with them.

Download the 2017 Media  Pack today >>