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Category Archives: Aviation Security

It’s time to upgrade the airport access control and badging system – what questions should I ask?

By Jeffrey C. Price and Lori Beckman Airport security managers throughout the United States are responsible for the computerized physical access control systems (PACS), which allow thousands of workers into secure areas of the airport on a daily basis. Many of these systems were upgraded shortly after 9/11, but now time is coming for the… Continue Reading

Will the FAA’s upgrade of the air traffic control system be the Next Generation of cybersecurity threats?

It’s called NextGen, and if not properly protected, the system designed to make aviation safer, may present the most dangerous risk to the national airspace system and even the nation itself, particularly if attacked by an insider threat. NextGen is the ongoing transformation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s complex air traffic control, radar, navigation and… Continue Reading

How much can you trust, your Trusted Agent?

In 2011, a former British Airways worker was convicted on four counts of preparing acts of terrorism. Inspired by the preaching and teaching of al Qaeda’s late propaganda minister, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Rajib Karim, a software engineer, told Awlaki he had access to British Airways servers and could erase all data, causing massive flight disruptions and… Continue Reading

The Wolf is in the Forest

Ever been camping? Imagine heading to the great outdoors for an extended camping trip. Hikes in the forest, walks on trails, skipping rocks on the lake, sitting around the campfire at night. But after a few days, we wake up one morning to find out that a wolf has invaded our campsite. Everyone’s okay, but… Continue Reading

15th Annual AAAE/DHS/TSA Aviation Security Summit, Part II

Although the airport security industry missed out on meeting TSA Administrator Neffenger, the annual security summit did provide some updates on other programs: ● Status of Rapback: Rapback is a criminal vetting process that automatically resubmits aviation worker fingerprints to determine if an individual who already has an airport identification badge, has subsequently been arrested… Continue Reading

Airport doth Protest

Operations were disrupted at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, when activists from Black Lives Matter were able to shut down at least one terminal at the airport, for a period of time, and caused traffic jams for inbound travelers. Other airport operators should pay close attention as this may become a more popular form of protest moving… Continue Reading

15th Annual AAAE/DHS/TSA Aviation Security Summit, Part I

Many who attended this year’s Aviation Security Summit were disappointed that industry leadership unfortunately did not get the opportunity to meet with the new TSA administrator, Peter Neffenger. According to his representatives, he has had a heavy travel schedule and was feeling under the weather. Particularly unfortunate because his first exposure to the airport security… Continue Reading

Star Wars Premiere May Attract Another Kind Of Evil Empire

The premiere of the seventh and likely the most highly anticipated installment of the Star Wars films, is bringing the fans and their costumes out in droves, but may also attract the wrong element. While I hate to be the guy that tosses a metaphorical wet blanket on all the fans sleeping outside theaters, I… Continue Reading