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New Guideline on Cyber Security for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Corporate security often comprises the classic fields of fire protection, electronic and physical security (burglary, theft, sabotage). Natural hazards are another topic (e.g. flooding, heavy rain) – and so are, at least nowadays, all aspects of cyber security.

Modern IT technologies are required for the management of any business. They are necessary to ensure logistical and technical processes and, of course, internet access, which is essential to survive in today’s market. Unfortunately, the increasing digitisation is creating new opportunities for cyber criminals.

Together with its technical experts and based on German national requirements, CFPA has developed a working document helping to face this challenge on a supranational basis. It is tailored to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The document helps SME to improve the status of their information security so that they can withstand cyber threats with a better outcome. The status of SME regarding their cyber stability can be subjected to audits and certification to ensure a higher standard of safety, and to inform e.g. their business partners accordingly.

Insurers and/or customers may even ask for certified cyber security. So it is important to check one’s status of cyber security – starting off with the Cyber Quick-Check (cf. CFPA-E.eu) which is completely free of charge.

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CFPA Europe at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne in December 2018

The end of the year will once again be marked by a highlight in our calendar: On the 4th and 5th December 2018, CFPA-Europe will once again be an exhibitor at the renowned VdS-FireSafety Cologne in the halls of the Cologne Exhibition Centre. Cologne, Germany’s third-largest trade fair location and number seven in the world, is located in the middle of a pulsating metropolitan area with around eleven million inhabitants in the centre of the triangle of Brussels, Frankfurt am Main and the Ruhr region. With its excellent accessibility by car, plane and train, it is an ideal location.

The industry get-together is not only a fixture in our appointment calendar, but also in that of many fire prevention and protection professionals. VdS-FireSafety Cologne is a combination of a large trade fair, seven top-class expert conferences and the exhibitor, science and future forum on fire prevention and protection. Numerous exhibitors present their newest products and solutions and are ready to exchange experiences with interested parties and customers. Both exhibitors and visitors alike can expect a wealth of up-to-date knowledge on all aspects of fire protection systems, structural and organisational fire protection, as well as from the field of security service providers

At VdSFireSafety Cologne, exhibitors will encounter a highly qualified specialist audience and find optimal presentation options at favourable conditions.
For example, there is the opportunity of free live demonstrations of innovative products in the exhibition halls, the chance to address the respective target group directly through presentations and lectures in the exhibitor forum, and to establish contacts with universities and research institutions in the Science Forum.

All in all, VdS-FireSafety Cologne offers access to a top-class expert audience with numerous architects, engineers, specialist planners, representatives of authorities, manufacturers, installers and operators of fire prevention and protection systems as well as many representatives of the insurance industry.

Many exhibitors have therefore been represented here for years: ” VdS-FireSafety Cologne is for us one of the most important trade fairs of the year. Here we meet the exact target groups that are relevant for us. And, not least of all, the support provided by VdS is always excellent,” explains Jörg Meyer, Head of Communication and Marketing at G+H Isolierung GmbH.

As is the tradition every second year, the 2018 VdS-FireSafety Cologne will have an international focus. This means that numerous exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be presenting their solutions at the trade fair, and visitors from all over Europe and beyond are expected. In addition, the popular VdS expert conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems” (04./05.12.2018) will take place with an international perspective and simultaneous German-English translation. CFPA Europe will be represented at this important event by speakers from three member countries. The programme covers a wide range of current topics around the technology and regulation of Fire Extinguishing Systems , as usual with much practical relevance, exciting international application scenarios and the opportunity for discussion.

Naturally, the classic expert conferences of VdS-FireSafety Cologne are not to be missed either. The programme includes the following specialist events:
Structural Fire Prevention and Protection (04.12.2018)
Security and Alarm Management (04.12.2018)
Fire Extinguishing Systems (international, with simultaneous translation German/English, 04./05.12.2018)
44th Advanced Training Seminar for Fire Prevention Officers (04./05.12.2018)
Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems (05.12.2018)
Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (05.12.2018)
Compact Seminar: Construction and Fire Protection Systems in NRW (05.12.2018)

Since last year, the “Future Forum Fire Protection” has been an integral part of the programme. Here, forward-looking topics such as aspects of digitisation are explained and discussed. Under the motto “Today Vision – Tomorrow’s Everyday Life”, well-versed experts will give lectures on innovation topics in the mornings of both days. CFPA Europe members will also be represented here with speakers. All visitors to VdS-FireSafety Cologne are invited to attend the lectures of their choice, ask questions and discuss with the speakers.

On the same stage as the Future Forum Fire Protection, the tried-and-tested Science and Exhibitor Forum will take place on both afternoons. Here, universities and manufacturers will present the latest findings, solutions and trends.

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The many live demonstrations by the exhibitors are of particular interest to visitors. Among other things, the functionalities of sprinklers, fire detection and alarm systems and smoke and heat exhaust systems will be presented in a tour using sophisticated demo systems. The fire protection systems, which are otherwise only triggered in an emergency, can be visually inspected in every detail under realistic conditions.

All information is available at www.vds.de/fire-safety

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25 years of qualified training: The course “Fire Safety: Technical Cycle” at VdS

Preventive fire protection in the company must be lived and implemented by people. Well-trained fire protection managers play a decisive role here. For good reason, they are often mandatorily required by building supervisory authorities, the fire brigade or insurance companies. This summer, the VdS Training Centre celebrates the 25th anniversary of the “Fire Safety: Technical Cycle” training course and has successfully trained more than 10,500 participants to date. And all this right from the start, with high demand and very good customer ratings throughout: 99% of the participants recommend the training to others.

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With the start of the course in June 1993, VdS laid the foundation for a regulated, qualified training of fire protection managers in Germany, which was not available before. The intensive and practical training course was developed in close cooperation with the association for the promotion of fire protection in Germany (vfdb) and in accordance with the training model of CFPA Europe. The extensive teaching material with all important topics of fire protection systems, structural and organisational fire protection is taught by more than 10 different speakers, all of whom are both proven specialists and practitioners in their field.

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Today, the course takes place at six German locations with a total of 18 dates per year. Participants come from all industries, from industrial or manufacturing companies as well as from sales outlets, hospitals or public institutions. They appreciate the high quality of the training and above all the practical relevance, as well as the international CFPA certificate, which is recognised in many European countries.

The VdS training centre also provides regular advanced training, which is so important for fire protection managers: graduates can choose from a wide range of fire protection courses and conferences to refresh, enhance or specialise their knowledge.

In 25 years, VdS has conducted almost 600 training courses of “Fire Safety: Technical Cycle” to date, with great response:

“I can only say that I really enjoyed the course – from start to finish it was full of important information for me. In my opinion, such high quality training is essential for any fire protection manager.” (Cornel Gratz, Immanuel Clinic Bernau/Herzzentrum Brandenburg).

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New section on the website about Fire National Regulations of the member countries of CFPA Europe

Right now you have the possibility to access to the National Regulations in the field of Fire Safety of some members of CFPA Europe!

A new section has been implemented on the website in order to compile the regulation on fire safety in force in the member countries of the CFPA E to disseminate this information to all interested professionals. Currently you can access the information from the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

http://cfpa-e.eu/national-regulations/

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Renewable energies, an overall survey of Engineering Insurers within the German Insurance Association (GDV)

In 2003, the GDV (Association of German Insurers) published the dossier “Renewable Energies” for the first time. Changes in technology and a rapid expansion of renewable energies are accompanied by an increasing demand for renewables-specific insurance policies. In addition to classic coverage against damages during construction and operation, there is a new demand among investors for delivery guarantee coverage, i.e. insurance against interannual fluctuations in solar radiation and wind speed. Consequently, in recent years the insurance industry has been developing novel products including coverage for premature ageing of photovoltaic cells. Based on products like these, the insurance industry takes on part of the producers’ and/or investors’ risks, rendering investments in these technologies more attractive and thereby indirectly promoting climate protection.

In 2017 the GDV (Association of German Insurers) published now the 9th edition of this dossier.

You can download the dossier here (free of charge):

General Assembly of CFPA Europe. Two new members

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CFPA Europe had the annual meeting, General Assembly, in Helsinki, Finland between 23-25 May. SPEK, the Finnish member, was the host, and the first day was a conference with several interesting presentations. Four examples: “Grenfell Tower fire and consequences in UK”, “Environmentally friendly fire retardants”, “Ageing study on smoke alarms”, and “Responding to the challenges of aging population”.

Now a Polish member

SITP, the Fire Engineers and Technicians Association, from Poland became a new member of CFPA Europe at General Assembly in Finland. SITP is a scientific and technical organisation. Among many activities the association is arranging conferences, seminars and training. SITP is also developing Guidelines in the field of protection and was the initiator of creating a voluntary certification system for fire protection services in Poland. Since year 2002 they have their own journal.

Associated member from Sweden

The Swedish Thefts Prevention Association (SSF) have become an associated member of CFPA Europe. The decision was taken at General Assembly. SSF has a strong national reputation in Sweden, has 229 members and are working close to the Swedish FPA, our regular member in Sweden. The new member will be active in CFPA E’s Security Commission, because the Swedish FPA is not working in that field.

 

 

Introduction to the Management of Hotel Fire Safety

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Twice a week there is a fire alert in a hotel in Sweden. The main reasons for fires in hotels are technical issues, candles and guests smoking in bed. These fires can cause serious damage and the consequences are sometimes fatal.

You are in charge. This premise is the basis of all legislation concerning fire protection. Every co-worker in the organisation must have proper knowledge about the fire protection program of the hotel. They should also know how to prevent fires from emerging as well as how to take the right actions in case of a fire. A well-functioning fire protection program comprises both technical and organisational solutions, you can build a solid basis for a fire protection program for your hotel with simple measures.

The education meets the qualifications required in the Swedish standard “Norm för Brandskyddat hotell™, which has been produced and revised in  collaboration with Visita (the Swedish sector and employer’s organisation for Hotels).

Objective

After the training, you should have basic knowledge and understanding of what it means to be responsible for a fire protection program at a hotel. You should also be able to take initiatives and take part in creating a fire proof hotel through planning, documentation and follow ups, ensuring you have an adequate fire protection management system in your hotel.

Content

  • Fire development
  • Responsibilities, regulations and laws
  • Fire Protection Management System
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Training
  • Fire Protection in Buildings
  • Evacuation

Suitable for

Hotel Managers, Safety Managers, Property Safety Responsible and Safety Managers.

Guida europea CFPA-E Guideline 32:2014-F

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E’ finalmente disponibile la traduzione in italiano della Linea Guida europea CFPA-E Guideline 32:2014-F “Treatment and storage of waste and combustible secondary raw materials”, che contiene utili indicazioni in merito alla sicurezza antincendio degli impianti di riciclaggio dei rifiuti e dei depositi di rifiuti. La linea guida europea può essere un valido punto di partenza per lo studio e l’applicazione di misure di sicurezza antincendio in questi impianti che, in Italia come anche in altri paesi, negli ultimi tempi stanno vedendo un sensibile incremento nel numero di incendi.

La versione originale della Guideline, in inglese, è disponibile come sempre al sito www.cfpa-e.eu; la versione in italiano verrà pubblicata a breve sul medesimo sito.

Si prevede nel prossimo futuro di rendere disponibili nelle varie lingue nazionali anche altre linee guida CFPA-E. Per restare aggiornati sulle novità europee in materia di prevenzione incendi è possibile iscriversi alla newsletter gratuita CFPA-E: le istruzioni si trovano sulla main page del sito www.cfpa-e.eu.

 

 

The CFPA-E Guideline 32:2014-F “Treatment and storage of waste and combustible secondary raw materials”, which contains useful indications about fire safety for this plants, is now available in Italian. The Guideline can be a valid tool for the study and implementation of fire safety measures in this sites where many fires occurred in the last times, in Italy and in other countries.

The Italian version will be published soon on the CFPA-E website www.cfpa-e.eu, together with the original English version.

In the near future, many CFPA-E Guidelines are going to be available in the various national languages. To receive updated news, it’s possible to subscribe to the CFPA-E newsletter: the instructions are on the main page of the www.cfpa-e.eu website.

The importance of cyber-security in the digitalization age

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Meeting with AIAS – Vodafone, Unione Confcommercio – Communication Police

The evolution of media and social networks, the distributed information and the internet are a concrete help for business, but can represent a menace for confidential information and for the internal data concerning customers.
The risk leakage of uncontrolled leakage of information that can be confidential or even strategic for the business development, due to cybercrime actions made with traditional or new and sophisticated systems, can be fatal for the business survival. Companies hit by cybercrime have to compete on the market in unfavorable conditions, as their competitors already know which are their intentions and their customers profile. So, unexpected failures arise, and apparently inexplicable copies of products and/or ideas migrate to the competitors.
The aptitude to undervalue the risk, the behavior to consider security as a cost and not an investment and the distrust towards the technologic approach can give aid to the attack to the immaterial patrimony of little and medium size companies.

The meeting took place on April 18, in Milan.

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Clarity for GDPR compliance in 20 minutes: With the free VdS-Quick-Check

On May 25th, every company and every authority in the EU must have implemented the extensive “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. VdS now supports those institutions with a free Web-Quick-Check for the fast determination of their GDPR compliance level – including, where necessary, practical implementation assistance.

Despite its far-reaching requirements, the EU´s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be fully implemented until May 25th by every company processing personal data and every public authority in the EU member states (and, at current negotiation status, also the UK).
Therefore VdS has now supplemented its range of data protection services for the practical management of these EU requirements with a free Internet-Quick-Check. On the basis of 26 questions, specifically small and medium-sized businesses as well as smaller authorities can quickly determine their individual level of GDPR compliance. The convenient VdS-traffic-light-system immediately shows any need for action. Included in the evaluation is also precise assistance for any subsequent improvements that may be necessary.
Markus Edel, head of VdS Cyber-Security, explains: “In the new Web-Quick-Check, we have compressed our core support functions for the necessary GDPR implementation – allowing a fast self-analysis of the compliance level in all relevant fields of action.”
The new tool is provided free of charge on vds-quick-check.de/en.