Airports are one, if not the most complex of integrated security environments that security professionals have to operate in today’s challenging security environment. Securing the huge volume of passengers and freight that transit through them each year, not to mention the thousands of support personnel and retail staff who work there is no easy feat. An efficient, safe, and secure aviation system is integral to our social and economic well-being.
Security outcomes for airports are mandated by national agreements with the International Civil Aviation Authority, yet the method of achieving those outcomes is left to the contracted states (countries) and individual airport authorities. The serious nature of the threats airports face, regardless of their size, means that airport operators must ensure that there is no weak link in their security chain. Any failure can have significant consequences. As a result, security arrangements in place at most airports is extensive and comprehensive. In Australia the approach is based on the principle of 'security in depth', meaning the more layers of security, the less chance an attack will occur or be successful.
The airport security model is one that provides many lessons for other sectors in the threats they face. Drawing on his extensive experience working in the airport security environment, Kerran Campbell will explore:
• The approaches taken by airports to secure their operating environment
• Lessons that other industry sectors can learn and apply to their own organisation