As security professionals we need to be able to give our customers the correct information and the reasons why they can benefit from CCTV access control and some of the newer products on the market such as finger print door entry systems and facial recognition. one of the industries that has a real need for extensive security measures is aviation. In the light of the recent incident at East Midlands Airport, Freight forwarders as well as civil aviation companies are looking deeper into what they need to do to prevent a terrorist incident. Below we look at the procedure they should adopt in order to assess their risk and ensure the safety of their passengers and aircraft.
What is the treat well this can be defined as the probability of an attack against a particular target that there is a probability that this will occur within a particular time frame.
Type of threat
This is broken down into 5 categories
Moderate- possible but not likely.
Substantial- strong possibility
Severe- an attack is highly likely
Critical- is expected imminently.
Once the above has been identified then we need to think about who may perpetrate such an attack.
Who poses a threat?
Criminals- for ransom and financial gain
Mentally ill- this may happen for no reason and is likely to be a random event
Revenge- an ex employee is most likely to be behind such an attack.
Protesters-environmentalists have become more and more determined to get noticed and have upped the stakes.
Refuges- asylum seekers desperation is often a factor here
Insider threat- someone who deliberately joins an organisation in order to infiltrate and cause damage. The most dangerous.
In order to secure down an area we need to know what types of threat may occur. Integrated CCTV and access control systems become highly relevant at this point
Types of threat.
Substitution of air cargo
Disguising air cargo as another product.
An attack at the airport terminal itself.
Relevance of the treat.
The level of security needs to be directly related to the level of threat. However the base level of security in place helps to allow extra measures to be put in place when the treat rises. CCTV cameras allow security staff to monitor any perceived treat as they pass through a terminal and monitor any suspicious behaviour.
It is reassuring to know that within the aviation industry constant monitoring of security solutions are in place however as new technology comes along it’s the duty of security professional to bring this into the public domain. Facial recognition is unquestionably a fantastic tool for the future and at integrated CCTV we see this solution being deployed more and more where security needs to be tightly controlled
However things can go wrong and here is a demonstration of why everyone needs to be vigilant