Moving Cheese: Key Considerations For Change Management

By Lisa Burrell. “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” — Niccolo Machiavelli   The above quote, from 1532, calls to mind the old adage, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Whether you own and run a security company, manage a security department, or … [Read more...]

Managing the flow of information in an Aviation Crisis

By Steve Lawson. As a business, we have been asked a few times to speculate about the loss of Flight MH370 but we made the decision to steer clear of making comments since, given the lack of any reliable data, any speculation would be irresponsible and could do real harm to families and reputations. Much of the criticism of the Malaysian government and Malaysian Airlines in regard to MH370 is of poor media … [Read more...]

Security Exhibition and Conference returning to Melbourne in 2015

Australasia’s premier security industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference, will return to Melbourne next year, global exhibitions company Diversified Communications announced today. Following the outstanding success of the recent 2014 event – with record attendances, a sold-out floor plan months before the event and almost 170 brands exhibiting – Exhibition Manager Kylie McRorie said the event would be … [Read more...]

Are We Using Body Scanners Correctly?

By Steve Lawson. Body scanners are becoming more common at airports and, interestingly in Australia, there has been little recent public discussion about them or their use. Originally this article was to examine their efficiency but a recent experience makes me wonder if they are being used effectively. It is a pity that it does not matter how good technology is, its efficiency will always depend on … [Read more...]

Security 2015

In 2015, the Security Exhibition & Conference turns 30. Join us at Sydney Olympic Park  from 8-10 July 2015 to take a look at our ever evolving industry over the past three decades. Brought to you by Diversified Exhibitions, the below video shows the evolution of the Security Industry over the past 30 years. For more information, please visit: … [Read more...]

Security 2014: Key highlights of Security Exhibition and Conference 2014

The Security Exhibition and Conference 2014 is fast approaching with this year’s event to feature the latest security innovations entering the Asia-Pacific market and headlining speakers from Australia and the United States.   The expo is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 4-6 and is free to all industry professionals by registering at www.securityexpo.com.au   Security … [Read more...]

Smart Cities: Implications For Physical Security

By Dr Kevin J. Foster.   Civilisation seems to be entering its third age. Firstly, there was the age of conquest when the organisations that prospered were conquering armies. Buildings were designed to protect inhabitants. Building services were basic; fire was used for light and heat. Private communication was by messenger and public communication by town crier. Buildings and cities were not designed with … [Read more...]

So, How Does It All Work?

By John 'Hondo' Gratton. “When I get on that aircraft, am I REALLY secure? In this, the final article of this series, I am going to assume that dutiful readers have faithfully followed the earlier articles. You will therefore be aware that aviation security is conducted as a globally-coordinated effort controlled by a treaty, the Chicago Convention, which, together with agreed responsibilities at national level in the … [Read more...]

Aviation Security – A decade of change

By Steve Jackson. In this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, aviation continues to operate in an environment of evolving and adaptable security threats. While significantly enhanced, and at times overly prescriptive to the detriment of customer facilitation, security measures have reduced the likelihood of another 9/11-style attack and hampered criminal activity. Nevertheless, criminal threats persist … [Read more...]

Aviation Security: A black Art To Many

By John (Hondo) Gratton. Security screener to the passenger – Sorry you have to take off your shoes. I don’t make the rules, I just carry them out! “So who does make these damn rules?” To maintain its effectiveness, the details of aviation security are best left known only to those who ‘need to know’. There is, however, a strong argument for providing a good overview of the organisations, structures, intent and … [Read more...]

Does Aviation Security Actually Work? “So why do I have to get naked to fly?”

By John (Hondo) Gratton. Previously, we identified that the individual nation, or Chicago Convention, contracting state is responsible for enacting regulations that will be binding on the aviation industry entities that are based in that state and the travelling public. We also discussed the requirement for states to standardise, as far as possible, their application of the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) … [Read more...]

Hey, I just want to get on the flight!

By John (Hondo) Gratton. So far, we have covered the global aviation security system including the role of the United Nations’ specialist agency, ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organisation) and the relationship between ICAO and the 190-member States of the Organisation.  We know that Australia, as a signatory State to the Chicago Convention, has both privileges and responsibilities; and that one of those … [Read more...]