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Airports need more security checks to root out threats from 'rogue employees' - UK aviation secretary

Baroness Vere of Norbiton told a Dubai conference that airports around the world should carry out security audits of staff

Airports need more security checks to root out threats from 'rogue employees' - UK aviation secretary

Airports around the work should carry our more security audits and checks on staff in order to root out the potential threat of “rogue employees” engaging in attacks on the system, the United Kingdom’s government official responsible for aviation told a conference in Dubai on Sunday.

“On area of particular concern is tackling the risk posed by aviation insiders, what is known as the insider threat. While the vast, vast majority of airport staff are decent and honest it only takes one rogue employee to undermine the entire system. It doesn’t take years or months, or even weeks, for them to go rogue, it can happen in days,” Baroness Vere Of Norbiton, the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, with responsibility for aviation, told delegates in a keynote speech at the aviation security symposium, AVSEC Global 2019, which is currently taking place in Dubai.

In order to combat the insider threat posed by rogue employees, Baroness Vere said airports need to invest in more security checks for staff.

“One way we can root out this threat is the use of airport audits… Staff screening is another key tactic in dealing with the insider threat. For many years in the UK, airport and airline staff have had the same checks as passengers, but this is not the case everywhere.

“I understand, I do understand, the cost of installing extra lanes for airport staff is relatively high, but they dwarf [to] insignificance to the cost of a successful attack perpetrated by someone employed within the aviation industry.

“So, it is vital to all of us that all airports implement the most effective staff security protocol to provide a clear deterrent. An important part of our approach is to work alongside international partners as part of the UK’s global aviation security assessment programme,” the Baroness said.

AVSEC Global 2019 is a three-day event taking place at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai through eptember 24. It is organised by Emirates Group Security, the Dubai carrier’s security strategy company.

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