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Detecting Explosive Threats in Air Cargo

Posted by Vicki Tran on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Air cargo has always been a target for those wanting to cause harm to the transport industry. One of the ways they’ve done that is by concealing explosive devices into air freight on both cargo and passenger aircraft. Unfortunately, successful attempts have led to catastrophic consequences including severe damage to airline assets, disruption of the industry, and loss of life.

That’s why air cargo screening remains an imperative step in maintaining security. Without it, the industry would be incredibly vulnerable to explosive threats. Proper diligence must be exercised to protect the air cargo industry, the people working in it, and those utilizing its services.

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Topics: Aviation Security, Cargo Security, Security Threats, Transportation

Exposing Suspicious Mail and Packages via Mailroom Screening

Posted by Vicki Tran on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Mailroom screening is an important part of keeping your critical infrastructure facility secure. As an essential part of the community, you cannot afford to have any disruptions to your day to day operations.

Whether you are a bank, correctional facility, school, or courthouse, your mailroom is responsible for processing incoming and outgoing mail. Ensuring operations around this are kept safe is imperative. With a proactive approach, you’ll be prepared to protect your facility, staff, and assets in case of an attack.

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Topics: General Security, Critical Infrastructure, Security Threats, Current Events

Smart Security – The Next Generation of Security Checkpoints

Posted by Vicki Tran on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Today’s passenger and cabin baggage screening process is functional and airports manage to get by, but it is not sustainable in the long run given the industry’s predicted growth. The current screening model is inefficient and comes at the cost of many within the industry including airlines and passengers. For the past few years, several airports have shifted their attention to Smart Security solutions to handle the screening of passengers and their belongings.

Smart Security is a joint initiative of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI). Its goal is to streamline the passenger journey from curb to airside. The idea of Smart Security has been around for a few years now and the industry is just now able to implement these ideas into practical solutions without sacrificing safety and security.

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Topics: Aviation Security, Trends, Critical Infrastructure, Transportation

Security Threats With The Most Impact on Aviation

Posted by Vicki Tran on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:15 PM

Security threats to the aviation industry are a serious matter. There will always be people who wish to do harm to the industry, the professionals working in it, and the civilians utilizing its services every day. This constant pressure from outside forces means the industry can never rest when it comes to security. In fact, it must be proactive to stay ahead of the dangers threatening aviation.

Aviation security threats targeting commercial aviation and air cargo are incessant. From minor to extremely serious, the range of threats and attempted attacks vary on a day to day basis. We’ve comprised a comprehensive list of threats with the most impact on aviation. Let’s take a closer look at these aviation threats.

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Introduction to Administering Recurrent Security Training

Posted by Vicki Tran on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM

A new year means another year of security training. The thought of recurrent training usually re-enters the minds of training managers and administrators at this time of year. Sometimes seen as an overwhelming process, the anticipation of rolling out another year of security training to personnel can be stressful.

It’s not always easy to coordinate but if you know the basics and have the right tools, it can be much easier than anticipated. And when the time comes, you’ll be able to handle a compliance audit like a pro. First, let’s get down to discussing the basics of recurrent security training.

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Topics: Audit Preparation & Compliance, Security Training, Aviation Security, Training & Development, Cargo Security

Government Challenges in Aviation Security

Posted by Vicki Tran on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Governments are the last line of defense when it comes to shaping policy concerning aviation security. Since there is no overarching global regulator to oversee all governments in every country, the handling of aviation security policy ultimately comes down to individual governments themselves.

As a result, the aviation industry faces challenges related to individual governments and how critical aviation security issues are handled by each. Industry desperately needs governments to overcome these obstacles in order to have a more secure and effective aviation market. Let’s discuss some governmental challenges in the aviation sector.

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Topics: Aviation Security, Cargo Security, Transportation

Developing a Strong Aviation Security Culture

Posted by Vicki Tran on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

What does it mean to have strong aviation security culture? A strong aviation security culture is one in which security is a top priority for all staff. It means that security can never rest at the back of our minds; it must constantly be at the forefront. It also means that security cannot be an afterthought; it must be approached with a proactive mindset.

If we lose sight of the importance of aviation security for a moment, we risk becoming vulnerable to the imminent dangers that constantly pressure our industry. Security is everybody’s business. So, what can you do to build a strong aviation security culture within your company?

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Topics: Security Training, Aviation Security, Training & Development, Cargo Security

Intercepting Threat PEDs at Airport Checkpoints

Posted by Vicki Tran on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM

As specific airports facing the large PEDs ban implement stricter security controls, governments have been lifting restrictions on a case by case basis. The personal electronic device (PED) ban prohibits passengers from carrying large electronics such as tablets, eReaders, and laptops aboard certain aircrafts flying direct from one airport to another.

The main concern centers on select airports with insufficient security measures in place to prevent a new type of threat from entering secure areas. Threat PEDs cleverly use everyday consumer electronics to conceal improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The resulting product is items such as laptop bombs. Airports worldwide must reevaluate current security controls and if necessary, implement additional measures to effectively intercept threat PEDs at the checkpoint.

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Topics: Security Training, Aviation Security, Security Threats, Current Events

Bottlenecks in the Typical Security Checkpoint

Posted by Vicki Tran on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Security checkpoints exist as a measure of precaution to protect certain areas, only allowing specified individuals and items through the threshold. We’ve all experienced these points of inspection at least once in our lives. Many people tend to think of an airport security checkpoint, but it may also include checkpoints at secure buildings, government facilities, courthouses, correctional facilities, etc.

We often expect a smooth transition through the checkpoint, but many of us know from experience that this is not always the case. There are many bottlenecks that can occur including blockages caused by the public, staff, and current process.

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Topics: Aviation Security, General Security, Critical Infrastructure

Threat of a Suicide Bomber

Posted by Vicki Tran on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Suicide bombings can occur anywhere. When we hear about them, they typically occur in North African countries or the Middle East region. One of the latest attacks occurred in Kabul, Afghanistan on the morning of May 31 in the city’s diplomatic quarters, killing at least 90 people and injuring more than 400.

At times, they occur in Asian or Western regions such as the attack in Manchester, UK which occurred shortly after a concert concluded on May 22, killing 22 and injuring dozens. In another incident just two days later, a pair of suicide bombers killed three police officers outside a bus terminal in Jakarta, Indonesia.

No one can tell where and when a suicide bomber will strike. That’s why incidents like these are such a shock and difficult to cope with. It does not matter where in the world you are, it’s clear that the threat of the suicide bomber has grown greater and become more widespread.

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Topics: Trends, General Security, Critical Infrastructure, Security Threats, Current Events