By Rudy Neefs, Director of Corporate Security EMEA at Tech Data Corporation
There are several associations that can be a really big help in this regard. They do not only give you good advice in terms of to be expected security risks and threats, but also put you in contact with the right local people who can support you or act as a security consultant. To mention a few:
This is a global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information. Their members represent virtually every industry in the public and private sectors, and organizations of all sizes. From entry-level managers to CSOs to CEOs, from security veterans to consultants and those transitioning from law enforcement or the military, the ASIS community is global and diverse.
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is a unique forum that unites global manufacturers, logistics providers, freight carriers, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders with the common aim of reducing losses from international supply chains.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) was created by the Secretary of State to promote an open dialogue between the U.S. Government and the American private sector on security issues abroad. With a constituency of 4,600 U.S. companies and other organizations with overseas interests, OSAC operates an Internet web site, www.osac.gov, which is one of its principal means of information exchange with the private sector. The web site offers its visitors the latest in safety and security-related information, public announcements, warden messages, travel advisories, significant anniversary dates, terrorist groups profiles, country crime and safety reports, special topic reports, foreign press reports, and much more.
The Overseas Business Risk service provides geopolitical and economic analysis on overseas markets to new and expanding exporters. The guides also provide information on potential risks including human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, criminal activity and intellectual property.
There are similar associations but that are the ones I use most frequently whenever Tech Data opens offices or warehouses in new foreign countries or regions. They provide me valuable information that I can use for my risk and threat assessments. Next to these there are also companies that can support businesses with security issues abroad (e.g. Control Risks, Kroll, Pinkerton, Stodacom, Eurasia Group, SOS International, etc.).