Our seven competence centre
Companies are exposed to a multitude of different fraud attempts. How can such incidents be handled, and what preventive steps can be taken? Our competence center allows for an effective exchange between industry experts. Twice a year, representatives of businesses, security agencies and universities gather to exchange their experience and views on current topics. Recently, the focus has been on the issue of identity theft. Participation is open to members of ASW Bundesverband that bring a certain expertise in the field of economic crime as well as to members that have been affected by identity theft.
In addition, the Economic Crime Competence Center issues publications that are also available to non-members. Guidelines and manuals provide information on internal investigations and CEO fraud.
Education and Training
The requirements regarding corporate security are subject to constant changes. As a consequence, related education and training measures need to be updated and refined on a constant basis. For this purpose, ASW Bundesverband maintains close relations to universities, research facilities and other partners and actively contributes to the creation of school programs. The Education and Training Competence Center provides a platform where members of ASW Bundesverband can discuss current training and education related topics in the field of corporate security.
The involved experts provide important input for the position papers issued by ASW Bundesverband. Our publications include a guideline on design and implementation of awareness and e-learning programs on corporate security (“Sensibilisierungs- und E-Learning-Programme zur Security-Awareness - Aufbau und Umsetzung”, available only in German).
Cyber security means more than just protecting data. It is an integral component of corporate and national security strategies. Our Cyber Security Competence Center provides our members with a platform for exchange on current topics in this field. The competence center addresses corporate cyber security executives as well as security officers wishing to communicate with IT security personnel at eye level. In many areas, we cooperate with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI).
Our competence center provides important input for position papers and other publications of ASW Bundesverband, e.g. our Cyber Security Guideline. ASW Bundesverband advocates legislation supporting strict security standards with a high degree of practicability.
Situation and Travel Security
The export sector is one of Germany's most important economic assets. As such, the economy is particularly vulnerable to external crises. Our Situational and Travel Security Competence Center addresses members engaging in international travel (in particular to critical countries) that wish to network with other companies and experts in order to share their knowledge and experience. Our high-quality events provide a platform for discussions with other corporate officers, research experts and representatives of universities, political institutions and security agencies. Our main partners include the Military Academy of the German Armed Forces (FüAkBw), the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND).
Our manuals and quick guidelines also provide non-members with targeted information originally compiled in our competence center.
A sophisticated logistics system is key to success. Therefore, a seamless and uninterrupted supply chain is crucial. Warehouse burglary and attacks on trucks are widespread and dangerous phenomena. ASW Bundesverband addresses this issue and engages in regular exchange with the responsible authorities, such as the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The situation in particularly critical regions is regularly discussed in the Situation and Travel Security Competence Center.
A company's most valuable resource are its employees. As such, their security is paramount. Our Personnel Security Competence Center addresses all aspects of personnel security and provides information and networking opportunities for companies seeking additional cooperation and the exchange of know-how. Our threat management guideline (“Leitfaden Bedrohungsmanagement”, available only in German) offers a free overview of the topic.
Industrial espionage can be an existential threat to companies, causing billions in economic damage. For the victims, it is of minor importance whether the attack was carried out by a government authority or a competing company. In the context of corporate security, terrorist threats and the possible radicalization of employees also play an important role. Our Counterintelligence Competence Center offers ASW members an ideal platform for exchange and additional protection. This is where experts and companies come together and exchange their know-how on current topics and developments. Our main partners include representatives of scientific and political institutions as well as security agencies, such as the German Federal Domestic Intelligence Service (BfV).
In our publications, we also provide non-members with targeted intelligence and support on relevant topics.