In the 24/7/365 world of supply chain security, keeping up-to-date with the latest crime intelligence and all the other factors directly connected to managing risk is a significant challenge for anyone responsible for ensuring the secure transportation of high value, theft targeted goods.

TAPA EMEA Conferences are designed to give members of the world’s leading Security Expert Network a short, sharp insight into new developments in cargos security and criminal activity over an intensive one and-a-half day – and the Association’s next conference in Palma in October will be no different.

Vigilant highlights 10 of the benefits delegates in Palma can look forward to, and the questions the conference aims to answer …

1.      How do NATO and the EU view cargo crime?

Franz-Josef Schneiders, Head of Division of the German Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure, will deliver the keynote opening address in Palma, highlighting the growing importance of ‘Resilience & Transport Security’ for nations, the EU and NATO. He will present the political approaches of Germany and discuss selected actions to improve security in freight transport, the protection of critical infrastructures and the prevention of cargo theft.

2.      What are the risks to supply chains in Belgium?

Highway parking areas being closed due to security concerns, shootings, fake carriers, migrant intrusion and the ‘cab ban’ preventing drivers from taking weekend rest breaks in trucks have all featured in recent Belgium updates from international loss adjustors, B.V.B.A Wim Dekeyser, specialists in theft and fraud investigations in the transport industry. Director, Wim Dekeyser, will provide the latest update on transport crime in Belgium.

3.      What do you know about cargo crime in Spain?

Jacques de Smith, Regional Logistics Director of Samsung SDS Cello Logistics shares intelligence, facts and figures about the development of cargo crime in Spain and will also chair a panel discussion with expert speakers including David Fairnie, Principal Consultant – Supply Chain Security, BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions.   

4.      How has GDPR changed the supply chain?

In May, Supply Chain Brain, one of the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resources, said this about the impending introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): ‘Probably the biggest challenge to the implementation of GDPR involves the massive and growing volumes of data produced today, and the tension between protecting internal data while still sharing product and consumer information with partners across distributed supply chains. The core problem is that most organizations do not fully understand what data they possess across their vast corporate databases, product catalogs, e-mail systems, budget spreadsheets and HR records, not to mention countless Word documents, slide presentations and social media postings’. Six months after GDPR went live, Ryan Socal, Principal Program Manager Supply Chain Microsoft Azure Global, gives an expert view on how GDPR has changed the supply chain. 

5.      How is TAPA progressing with its new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) to build a network of secure parking sites for trucks in Europe? 

Tony Kavanagh, Secure Parking Working Group Lead will present a progress report on the Association’s new Parking Security Requirements (PSR), including updates on the first Parking Place Operators to commit to PSR, how to use TAPA’s Secure Parking Online Tool, and the launch of Levels 1 & 2 of the Security Standard. He will also highlight the need for TAPA members to support the programme by helping to identify parking places in Europe they’d like to see adopting the PSR Standard.

6.     What’s the latest update on TAPA’s FSR & TSR Security Standards?

With the number of Facility Security Requirements (FSR) and Trucking Security Requirements (TSR) certifications now at their highest-ever levels in the EMEA region, Standards Lead, Mark Gruentjes, will bring delegates up-to-date with the latest TAPA certification and training developments.

With the Standards Team’s expanded roles, responsibilities and resources, Mark will also discuss plans to recruit more volunteers to act as ‘Subject Matter Content Experts’ whenever TAPA needs extra resources or technical advice.   

7.      Do you know the technology tools targeting your goods in transit?

The involvement of Serious Organised Crime Groups (SOCG) in cargo crime has been witnessed across the globe – but what do we know about the advanced threats to supply chains and the criminal use of electronic and physical attack tools? Peter Thompson, Managing Director of CanTrack Global will inform TAPA delegates by presenting a summary of technology trends utilised in the theft of, and from, vehicles involved in supply chains. A recognised expert in vehicle crime and recovery, Peter will show the tools being used by SOCG to target both light and heavy commercial vehicles.

8.      How big a threat to your supply chain is cybercrime?

So much attention is paid to the physical security of goods and with good reason given the types of incidents seen across the EMEA region but as criminals become increasingly sophisticated in the way they target big business, what is the real threat posed to supply chains by cybercrime? Crane Worldwide’s presentation will explore the complex nature of cybercrime and terrorism, the reaction by industry to the threat and the impact it has on business and the world around us as they consider ‘The Nature of the Threat: Cargo Security and Cyber in the New Supply Chain’.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion involving TAPA EMEA Chairman, Thorsten Neumann, Ryan Socal of Microsoft, and Andy Davis, Transport Assurance Practice Director at NCC Group, global experts in cyber security and risk mitigation, who will offer advice to small and mid-size companies on how to prevent cybercrime.

9.      How do investigators approach holistic global supply chain vigilance?

The answer to this question will be provided by Erika Ariadne Koutrakis of Pinkerton, one of the world’s leading providers of corporate risk management solutions. Erika worked at the Consulate General of Greece, Boston, before she moved to the UK and worked with IHS’s Aerospace Defense Department as a researcher and analyst. As a paralegal, she has represented clients at conciliation hearings at the Department of Industrial Accidents in Boston, MA, and prepared documents for trial. Erika later worked as a researcher and teaching graduate courses in counterterrorism. Within Pinkerton, she worked to support tactical operations with intelligence from the Global Risk Group (GRG) before becoming manager of operations in all five states of New England before being promoted to Director of Pinkerton’s Chicago office.

10.  How can you learn more about the latest supply chain security solutions?

TAPA EMEA Conferences attract some of the world’s leading Security Service Providers and other specialists, who are on hand throughout the event to share their knowledge and expertise as well as updates on their latest solutions. In Palma, delegates will hear presentations by platinum sponsor ASSA ABLOY about its complete range of door opening products, solutions and services, while gold sponsor, Multiprotexion will present its satellite security and logistics solutions. Other sponsors and exhibitors with experts at the event include:

·        Alha Group

·        BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions

·        Contguard

·        DHL Resilience360

·        LOG-IN CZ

·        Pegasus Solutions

·        SBS Security & Safety Products

·        Sensitech Inc.

·        SNAP Account

·        Theftex

·        WABCO