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While Commission drone regulations slowly get off the ground, untrained drone operators in Europe fly far, fast and frequently

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – Once the preserve of aviation hobbyists, drones now hold big promise for many key industries. Better and smaller cameras and electronics, internet and satellite communication, and lighter and cheaper materials have all made drones suitable for tasks as varied as monitoring agricultural yields, inspecting off-shore oil platforms in the high north, or helping police secure porous land and maritime borders. By 2035, the total industry – including leisure and toy drones, commercial or government drones, and military drones – will generate more that EUR 10 billion a year, creating over 100,000 jobs. Most of that growth will come in the commercial and government sector, as analysts see the leisure and toy sector approaching maturity. According to manufacturers, trainers, and operators, however, the Commission must...

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Breaking the cycle of radicalisation by backing words with deeds

Euro-View: Sir Ivor Roberts on radicalisation Despite its shrinking territorial footprint as the battle for Mosul reaches its climax, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) appears to have lost none of its ability to terrorise, nor its capacity to manipulate modern communication channels, the Internet and social media platforms, nor to radicalise and inspire acts of violence. The …

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (17/01/2017)

1. Good Practices and Recommendations on Cooperative Models for Effective Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Information Sharing and Analysis Centres (ISACs) ENISA is looking to contract services that will perform a study regarding PPPs and ISACs, in order to collate information from the learning and experiences of existing PPPs and ISACs. This will use as an initial point the former …

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (17/01/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: OHS – On Human Shielding The dramatic intensification of urban warfare during the last decades and the growing “weaponization” of human bodies in contemporary warfare inevitably entail that civilians are increasingly caught in the front lines of the fighting, while the traditional distinction between civilians and combatants in international law is constantly blurred. Accusations of using civilians …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (17/01/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: 9th International Cybersecurity Forum 24-25 January 2017, Lille, France Cyber Defence & Network Security 24-26 January 2017, London, UK Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 30-31 January 2017, Rome, IT 10th Annual Border Security Conference 15-16 February 2017, Rome, IT World Cyber Security Congress …

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European Union’s E-Crime programme is preparing to deliver new tools in the growing fight against cyber-crime

By PATRICK STEPHENSON BRUSSELS – In April 2014 the niche consultants in London, Trilateral Research and Consulting, launched “E-Crime” – a project to study the economic impacts of cyber-crime. With EUR 3 million in EU funding, the project had two primary goals. The first was to measure and analyse the impact of cyber-crime on five industrial sectors not directly related to information and communications technology: transport, energy, finance, health and retail. The second was to develop methods to deter criminals by limiting the effectiveness of cybercrime.After considerable research and multiple workshops, the three-year project is now coming to an end, with a final workshop and conference set for 31 March in the British capital.Talking to SECURITY EUROPE, Monica Lagazio, associate director at Trilateral and E-Crime coordinator, gave an update on where things stand and what we can expect from the project’s work.E-Crime will unveil three deliverables. The first is a...

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Commission proposes ESTA-style European Travel Information and Authorisation System to scrutinise visa-exempt travellers

By PATRICK STEPHENSON BRUSSELS – On 16 November, the European Commission unveiled its draft regulation for a “European Travel Information and Authorisation System” (ETIAS) requiring all travellers from visa-exempt third countries to apply for an online authorisation before entering the Schengen region.In the wake of terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere, EU officials are determined to be seen crafting a policy strategy that strengthens European border security. The ETIAS programme – based upon the US’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) – is intended as a crucial part of that strategy. Complementing the EU’s draft “Entry-Exit” system that mandates fingerprinting and photos before a passenger enters an airport’s secure area, ETIAS would screen travellers before they arrived at the airport. Traveller data would be cross-checked with national authorities, Europe, and other entities before a passenger is cleared.If approved by the Council and Parliament, the ETIAS regulation would...

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Researchers say their new system to combat CBRN contamination may have other positive quality-of-life implications

By CHRIS DALBY, with BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – Despite its shrinking size and territory, terrorist threats from the Islamic State, also known as “Daesh” remain all too real in Western Europe, as the conventional bomb attacks on France and Belgium only too vividly illustrate. There is the worry in many policy circles, however, that Daesh’s next attack could be chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) in nature.One EU-funded security research project aims to counter the effects of CBRN contamination and its dispersion in a novel way: by using a...

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Europe’s airports seek new security landside for passenger flows

By PATRICK STEPHENSON BRUSSELS – Airport officials and security experts gathered here on 22-23 November at a conference hosted by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and Asia-Pacific to share ideas on ways to boost secure and efficient airport operations. The event’s dominant theme was the need to maximise security while minimising passenger discomfit, in part by detecting suspicious behavior before terrorists enter the airport.Oliver Jankovec, ACI’s director general told participants that aviation “has always been the holy grail of terrorists” since attacks against airports bring “a lot of bang for the buck.”He pointed to four factors that define the new threat environment for Europe’s airports. These are: the collapse in...

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As crises morph in possible new ways, so do crisis communications

By PATRICK STEPHENSON BRUSSELS – During the evening of 14 August 2016, passengers in New York’s JFK Airport suddenly had reason to believe terrorists were about to attack. It turned out that a group of people had gathered in a bar near Terminal 8 to watch Usain Bolt win Olympic gold. Celebratory table-banging was mistaken for gunshots. On social media, word spread of an active shooter. Hysteria broke out, with crowds smashing through doors. By the time it was over, Terminals 1 and 8 had been cleared of passengers, with thousands standing outside on the hot airport tarmac.For Michael Cardarelli, director at US firm Everbridge Communications, that scenario holds out clear advantages – for those with malevolent intent.In remarks to a 22-23 conference here hosted by Airports Council International Europe, Cardarelli said...

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