Hidden threats and risk assessment approaches for security professionals

New approaches in the way technology and processes have been introduced continue to improve the safety commitment to the travelling public, yet we still deal with known threats and risks in fundamentally the same way – new and/or additional layers of screening/security.

The most common threats that airports face on a regular basis present the potential for extreme damage. Any kind of incident can carry significant risk to people, assets, passenger traffic, and brand reputation. Traditional security risks in the airport ecosystem, such as theft, violence, terrorism and insider threats continue to evolve, while cyberattacks targeting physical security systems have also become more prevalent.

Security training programmes for management and supervisors are essential for airports and will provide them with skills to identify, manage and resolve these threats. The value of managing the insider risk should not be underestimated. By acknowledging and identifying the threat and developing measures to combat it, we can make our airports safer places for all passengers and the staff who serve them.

Hidden threats – how to identify the insider threats

Much attention has been given to certain indicators of potential insider threat actors. However, everyone has life experiences where their behaviour could potentially change from time to time. While obvious lifestyle and behavioural indicators such as an employee becoming rich for no apparent reason; someone becoming more reclusive and disengaged from colleagues; an employee carrying out the unauthorised or suspicious activity; through to an employee expressing strong and hostile views against their organisation, may be seen as insider threat indicators, they may also be due to some other issue such as workplace bullying, bereavement, lifestyle stressors or the triggering of psychological vulnerabilities.

The most factor is that someone needs to take responsibility to act appropriately when these indicators are present.

Nowadays, security screening is a part of modern living and the need for safety continues. The technology used in screening people and their belongings exposes us to minimal amounts of radiation.

A safe and secure civil aviation system is a critical part of a nation’s overall security, physical infrastructure and economic foundation.

Airport security solutions

For a security-risk threat assessment, let’s take an example of a terminal at an airport. Potential threats to an airport could include natural disasters (such as a snowstorm, earthquake or hurricane), a terrorist attack, employees smuggling in contraband into the airport, or an accident such as a computer failure causing the airport communication systems to shut down. Each of these airport hidden threats will require a different response.

This airport security threat risk assessment includes not only identifying potential threats but also evaluating the likelihood of occurrence for each; just because something can happen doesn’t mean it will.

The EyeFox solution

EyeFox detects and identifies hidden threats. Our solution employs deep learning computer vision to the screening process for automatic threat detection. Also, it creates a centralised image processing network whose value increases exponentially as it develops, learns and improves with data aggregation.

Machine learning plays a key role in the AI technology we use, where a computer system is fed large amounts of data, which it then uses to learn how to carry out a specific task.

How to improve airport security

Neural Guard is a dynamic technology company constantly developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market.
Cybersecurity is an effective and proportionate approach to the regulation of the aviation industry’s management of cybersecurity risk.
Our team combines industry leaders from the security, technology, and regulatory fields offering their expertise to ensure safer environments, lower operational costs and better customer experience for companies, and a better customer experience for people.

Getting more data requires spending more time and money. Maintaining it isn’t cheap either. For example, at Neural Guard we currently use some two million images. While in the automotive industry this is not considered significant, in the security market it is. Creating such a dataset requires expensive x-ray machines, real threats (e.g. guns, knives, explosives, etc.), a large variety of luggage items, and highly trained data annotators.
We look forward to working with you, to pursue our goal of a safer and more secure world.

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