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Aviation Security Best Practices: Holistic Approach


New paper proposes holistic approach of Insight, Preparedness and Assistance

MedAire and Control Risks released a joint position paper on best practices to proactively prepare for – and mitigate – risks within the aviation industry.

The paper, A Holistic Approach: Insight, Preparedness and Assistance, proposes that aviation organisations incorporate these three critical elements to best secure their resources, operations and people.

The paper supports calls from leading industry associations, including IATA and ICAO, calling for stronger partnerships between industry stakeholders to develop measures to counter threats to aviation.1 

The three elements featured in the paper are core to an integrated approach to aviation security; accounting for the complex interdependencies among aviation stakeholders.

Danny Spender, Associate Director of Security Risk Consulting and Aviation at Control Risks: 
“As aviation organisations expand routes to meet increasing demand; the number, type and complexity of these stakeholder relationships will grow exponentially. All of these stakeholders and their security initiatives are interdependent. Remove, marginalise, or neglect one component and the system falters.”

A Holistic Approach defines Insight as the process a company undergoes to fully understand their operations and business needs in a volatile, complex and/or uncertain environment. Preparedness is the application of appropriate mitigation efforts to ensure vulnerabilities are minimised or, best case scenario, eliminated. Assistance is centred on supporting their people during security breaches and/or incidents. 

John Cauthen, Aviation Security Director at MedAire: 
“Real world issues need real world support. At the core of all aviation operations are people. Flight departments must have processes in place, as part of their aviation security programmes, to mitigate and respond to risks affecting their people and operations.”

MedAire has assisted the aviation industry for more than 30 years. Today, they work with more than 150 airlines and support business flight departments around the world. With their partner, Control Risks, MedAire provides services to enhance aviation security insight, preparedness and assistance. 

Download the paper here.


Notes to Editors
1. International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO):
"Safeguarding International Civil Aviation Against Acts of Unlawful Interference, 10th Edition." 
"ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP)."
"Report of the Second High-level Conference on Aviation Security.

International Air Transport Association (IATA):
Closer Collaboration Key to Enhancing Aviation Security.”

About MedAire and Control Risks
MedAire and Control Risks provide a suite of aviation security services. Our goal is to ensure that flight departments have the right information at the right time to identify, assess and understand the risks to any flight at all stages of the operation, both in the air and on the ground.

Our approach is to cut through any implicit bias and exaggeration, avoiding unsubstantiated assertions and speculation in order to provide the most relevant and valuable information available.
No other company can match the expertise and assistance provided by MedAire and Control Risks.   

About International SOS and Control Risks
Our alliance brings together two of the world’s leading medical and security specialists, International SOS and Control Risks. Our combined resources and expertise are well placed to meet the customers’ growing need for integrated travel security risk services. Our solutions ensure that mobile employees are safe and productive and help employers with their duty of care obligations. 50 dedicated experts, located across the globe with access to over 200 dedicated travel security experts through 26 regional Assistance Centres and a partner network of over 700 accredited providers, produce global travel security information and analysis 24/7. We also provide travel security training, preventative travel assessment, support with the development of travel security risk policies, evacuation plans and the latest technology to enable clients to track and communicate with their mobile employees.