ASIS Dubai – April 2018 breakfast meeting

The ASIS International Dubai Chapter, keeping in line with the trends of city it represents, has always been on the lookout for opportunities to be innovative.
Continuing on the “Segment Specific Experience Sharing and Learning” initiative, chapter members met on the morning of 25 April 2018 at the Rove Hotel, Downtown Dubai. More than 70 attendees joined the meeting.
Philip Johnson, PSP, the chapter secretary, presided over the meeting in the absence of chapter vice chair Peter Page, CPP as the chapter chair Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi had sent his apologies as his work commitments prevented him from attending the event . Noteworthy takeaways from this event were:
  • Gus Brecher, director for Cathexis, presented how modern video surveillance is adding value above and beyond security. His presentation outlined how a security budget can be enhanced by looking at other department requirements and fulfilling them to make up the shortfall in an organization’s budget.
  • Sam Samuels, principal consultant, shared the Dubai SIRA Requirements for CCTV and HVM. While SIRA legislation in the UAE is in effect it has not been published for organizations to tailor their security systems for compliance.
  • Dr. Athol Yates and Narmeen Qambar from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, discussed how security professionals perceptions affected developing a national risk assessment for the UAE. For her studeis, Ms. Qambar used the ASIS monthly meeting to gather individual and group perceptions on risks and their ranking that may challenge the security organizations of the seven Emirates.
Members also exchanged thoughts and explored opportunities for working with universities to encourage students and alumni to join ASIS and pursue their security credentials.
Cathexis, as the meeting sponsor, provided refreshments and the venue – allowing networking and further discussions during the various breaks.
Author – Philip Johnson, PSP – ASIS Dubai Chapter secretary.

Jan 2018 Dubai Chapter meeting hosted by Intersec

The ASIS International Dubai Chapter was pleased to host its first chapter meeting of 2018 in conjunction with the 20th Intersec Conference, held in the World Trade Centre in Dubai, and to also welcome ASIS members from the Abu Dhabi Chapter.

The chapters were hugely excited to welcome Don Randall, MBE as the guest speaker for the evening. A former City of London police officer, managing director at JPMorgan Chase and the first CISO of the Bank of England, Randall is the chairman of numerous organisations and initiatives and was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement, a Security Excellence Award, and the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal. He is currently an advisor on cybersecurity, legal and regulatory, physical and technical security, international close protection, preemployment screening, risk management, counterterrorism, transnational criminal activities, asset recovery, and fraud investigations.

Randall spoke about trends in international terrorist and cyber activities, as well as partnerships to assist prevention, detection, and recovery. The presentation was particularly salient and informative and was very well received. Randall interspersed his presentation with examples and lively anecdotes from his career, which served to bring his points vividly to life.

Following the chapter meeting, members and guests were cordially invited to the Intersec VIP Reception, which was held adjacent to the meeting. This invitation provided numerous networking opportunities to members, as well as the chance to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

The next Dubai Chapter meeting is planned for the morning of the 21st of February 2018 where the chapter looks forward to welcoming Dr Athol Yates from the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, who will be facilitating a mini-workshop on expert versus crowd assessed threats. Other speakers and sponsors are currently being sought.

Article written by Peter Page, CPP, who is vice chair of the ASIS Dubai Chapter.

October chapter meeting – Rove Hotel Downtown 08:30 on 18th October

Dear ASIS Members and fellow Security Professionals,

Our chapter committee are pleased to announce that our chapter meeting for October 2017 is sponsored and hosted by WSP. Our meeting will be held on Wednesday morning the 18th October from 08:30 – 11:30 at the Rove Hotel Downtown in Dubai. Please note that whilst there is no valet parking available, the hotel has ample on-site car parking facilities.

There are two themes for this meeting. First, Information Resilience as a key component of Enterprise Resilience. Second, the benefits and opportunities of the SABRE security certification for the built environment in the region. WSP was recently awarded its SABRE license and is the first consultancy outside of the UK to receive it.

WSP is one of the world’s leading professional architectural & engineering design services and management consulting firms. It offers Enterprise Resilience services with a holistic approach to the Physical, Technical, Operational, and Information Security domains.

WSP is pleased to set the following agenda:

Time Description
8.30 Registration, Coffee and Networking
9.00 – 9.15 ASIS Welcome Address and Chapter Business – Peter Page, Vice Chairman, ASIS Dubai Chapter
9.15 – 9.45 Keynote – Peter Richards, Head of Security Risk Management, WSP

Information Resilience – evolution of Information & Cyber Security – Notis Iliopoulos, Manager – Cyber Security, WSP

9.45 – 10.15 Coffee break and Networking
10.15 – 10.45 SABRE – benefits of Auditing Threat, Risk and Security Strategy – Gavin Jones, Associate Director, BRE Global / SABRE and Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Principal Consultant – Security Risk Management, WSP
10.45 – 11.30 Panel Discussion: Certification and the challenges of ensuring best practice in security design and operations

  • Simon Howse, Senior Director of Safety and Security Middle East and Africa, Marriott International
  • Jody Pelencio, Security Operations Manager Middle East-North Africa-Eastern Europe-Pakistan, Bloomberg
  • Gavin Jones, Associate Director, BRE Global / SABRE

Moderator: Kris King, Associate Director – Security Risk Management, WSP

WSP’s team of experienced and qualified subject matter experts in areas such as Enterprise Resilience, Business Continuity, Physical Security, Information Security, Fraud Control, and Security Risk Management, work together to ensure risk assessment plans and systems are integrated and appropriately governed.
We have extensive expertise in delivering premier projects worldwide and throughout the MENA region and in all market sectors including government, critical national infrastructure, commercial, residential, financial, healthcare, education, aviation, energy, military and defence, and many more.
WSP are recognised as a leader in security master planning by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Working Group and certified by the Security Industry Regularity Agency (SIRA) as an approved provider of security consultancy services and we have built strong relationships with the SIRA-certified security system auditors. We are the first consultancy outside the UK to be SABRE-certified by BRE Global, enabling us to provide assessments and certification on Threat & Risk Assessment and Security Strategy to developers.



Dusan Losic, PSP adds Board certification in security management (CPP) to his impressive list of credentials

Congratulations to our Dubai chapter member, Dusan Losic, CPP, PSP who recently achieved Board certification in security management by attaining the Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

Of our Dubai chapter members, Dusan Losic, CPP, PSP is one of the 32 members who have attained CPP Board certification, also one of 9 Dubai chapter members who have attained more than one certification. This additional certification demonstrates his commitment to his self development and professionalization of the industry.

Please join me in congratulating Dusan Losic, CPP, PSP in achieving Board certification as a CPP.

ASIS Breakfast Meeting 20th of September 2017

We are pleased to announce that our chapter meeting for September 2017, shall be held at 08:30 am hrs on Wednesday the 20th at Honeywell Technology Center 1st Floor, Building 2, Emaar Business Park, The Greens, in Dubai

ASIS Breakfast Meeting 20th of September 2017
  • 08.30 – 09.00 Arrival and Registration
  • 09.00 – 09.15 Welcome Address – Peter Page, ASIS Dubai Chapter
  • 09.15 – 09.30 Cyber Security Insider Threats – Ronnie Rahman: Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Honeywell.
  • 09.30 – 09.45 Securing Infrastructure in 2030: Technology Evolution – Botan Osman, Managing Director, Restrata.
  • 09.45 – 10.00 Security Standards in Healthcare – Hussain Al Khuwaildi, Healthcare Leader, Honeywell.
  • 10.00 – 10.15 Threat & Risk and its Effect on Insurance Underwriting – Tim Hadley, National Security Subject Matter Expert, PROJEXsme.
  • 10.15 – 10.30 Chapter Business
  • 10.30 – 11.30 Tour of the new Honeywell Technology Center (same location)

Please feel free to invite your colleagues and associates who may be interested (whether or not they are a member of ASIS) so that we can have greater diversity of perspectives and inputs.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Kind regards,
ASIS Dubai Chapter 250 Committee

ASIS International Releases Security and Resilience Standard

​​​ASIS International (ASIS) has released a new standard, Security and Resilience in Organizations and Their Supply Chains—Requirements with Guidance (ORM.1) that provides security professionals with an integrated risk-based management systems approach to manage risk and enhance resilience in organizations and their supply chain.

Peter Page, CPP our chapter vice chairman was a committee member on the production of this standard and his contribution is greatly valued and appreciated by the Dubai chapter and ASIS.

The ORM.1 emphasizes a proactive, forward-looking approach to risk that supports the pursuit of business objectives and opportunities, as well as a process for prevention, protection, preparedness, readiness, mitigation, response, continuity, and recovery from undesirable and disruptive events. By fully integrating risk management processes throughout enterprise-wide business management activities, organizations will be empowered to make informed decisions based on best available information.

The Standard looks to eliminate “siloing” of risk by using a management systems approach that provides a holistic framework to develop and implement policies, objectives, and programs that consider:

  • Context of the organization and its supply chain
  • Legal, regulatory, and contractual obligations and voluntary commitments
  • Needs of internal and external stakeholders
  • Uncertainties in achieving its objectives
  • Protection of human, tangible, and intangible assets

ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission Liaison Lisa DuBrock notes the importance of this approach, “…in today’s increasingly complex and unstable global environments, the question is not if the security administrator is called upon to support the full spectrum of the standard, but when.”

The ORM.1 replaces two legacy ASIS standards that had been up for review: the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems (SPC.1) and ANSI/ASIS/BSI Business Continuity Management Standard (BCM.1).  

Said DuBrock,While the SPC.1 emphasized mitigation strategies for security and resilience and the BCM.1 standard emphasized traditional response recovery strategies, the ORM.1 provides an integrated risk-based approach to bring both disciplines together with an added emphasis on supply chain resilience.”

ASIS members are entitled to one free download of all standards and guidelines—an exclusive member benefit.


Dubai Security Professionals May 2017 Meeting

ASIS International’s Dubai chapter held its May 2017 meeting in the sumptuous surroundings of the Dusit Thani Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Avigilon kindly sponsored this chapter meeting attended by over 50 members and guests. Members and guests included representatives from end users, suppliers, and consultants across several sectors including education, retain, government and corporate security. 

The Chapter was delighted to welcome Dr Hari Gunasingham as the guest speaker for this event. 

Dr Hari is the Managing Director of the Eutech Group headquartered in Singapore. He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several technology companies over the last 25 years. And he is recognised as a global expert in Smart Cities and Workplace Management. 

Dr Hari spoke on the exponential rate of technological convergence. Then he set the scene by outlining the fundamental forces that are governing change in the world today. He addressed the importance of breaking down silos and restructuring organisations to deliver around the customer journey. And he spoke particularly around this in relation to the construction industry and its silos including concept design, construction, hand-over, daily operations and maintenance. He also spoke of the importance of bringing all stakeholders together at the outset to ensure a holistic process from the inception of a building design to eventual commissioning, use and ongoing maintenance. 

Dr Hari stressed the importance of this in relation to the customers involved as well how synergies that can be achieved by everyone being on the same page throughout. Dr Hari then related these presentation points to the field of security and the impact of disruptive technology.


The members discussed chapter business before all enjoyed a breakfast.

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ASIS Dubai Chapter Meeting on Monday 22nd of May

Please join us at the Next Generation Safety and Security for Smart Cities on Monday 22nd of May from 08:30 Hrs (AM),
Where: Dusit Thani, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Dress Code: Business Dress.

This presentation examines key trends and case studies on safety and security for smart cities. In particular, it examines the use of advanced analytics and operational intelligence techniques.

Bio– Dr. Hari Gunasingham:

Dr. Hari Gunasingham is the Managing Director of the Eutech Group headquartered in Singapore. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded several technology companies over the last 25 years. His earliest foray into the technology business was in 1990 when he founded, an instrumentation company, which became the pre-eminent company in the field. He sold the company, Eutech Instruments in 2000 -now a division of Thermo-Fischer and started the development of iviva a software technology platform for Smart Cities and Workplace Management.

Iviva has been adopted by leading projects across Australia, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Notable Smart City projects include Barangaroo South in Sydney, Dubai Festival City and Downtown Doha.

Dr. Gunasingham’s expertise is in the field of Analytical Science, Cybernetics and Control Systems. He has a BSc First Class Honours and PhD from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, in London. He taught and did research at several leading institutions, notably, Imperial College, London, National University of Singapore and British Petroleum, UK. Dr. Gunasingham has published over 60 refereed research papers and has many international patents to his name.

The ASIS Dubai Chapter 250 Committee are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.