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Safety vs. Security: Is there a difference?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Safety…security: they sound like they are the same thing, right? After all, they both work with the purpose of protecting someone or something from harm. So why are safety and security separated with respect to government authority and oversight?

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Why and When to Adopt a Twelve-Five Standard Security Program

Posted by Bailey Wong on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

In the fall of 2001, four commercial airliners were turned into weapons of mass destruction, the first time in history. This event, known as 9/11, left the nation shaken to its core and generated significant changes in national security protocols and policy. One of these changes was the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

FAA Inspection Items – What You Need To Know

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Has it been a while since your last FAA inspection? Or are you new to the requirements and regulations you need to follow?

If so, you may be shocked by the FAA Inspection Items that your company is required to provide; and even if it’s not a "regulatory requirement", you will undoubtedly get through the inspection a lot easier with the extra documentation.

Over the last two years or so, the FAA-issued Inspection Items have evolved to be more in-depth and require more preparation than in years previous. So what should you expect for your next inspection?

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety, Drug and Alcohol

Webcam Hacking is a Real Threat

Posted by Darolyn Skelton on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The threat of cybercrime is growing rapidly. Now that smart phones, tablets and laptops are a fundamental part of our lives, the threat of webcam hacking is more real than ever, especially as more people use video apps such as Hangout, Skype, Zoom and Blue Jeans. With sophisticated malware, cybercriminals can easily hack your computer and gain access to your webcam. Not only is the webcam on your smart devices an easy target but the security systems and monitors on your home network are also vulnerable. Read about protecting your home network. 

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

When does a threat become an Insider Threat?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016


When you feel threatened right? 

Wrong. Just because you don't feel threatened, doesn't mean there isn't a threat around. The truth is, insider threats are becoming more common and happening more frequently than anyone would like to admit.

What do I mean by "insider threat"? A person, or persons, that have access and insider knowledge that allows them to impose danger on others by exploiting vulnerabilities within a system and/or organization.

There is no way to be completely safe and guarded from insider threats but, being aware of your surroundings and strange behavior gives you the advantage to react accordingly and minimize opportunity.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Join ASAP to Enhance Safety Culture within your Company

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) - Why you need to know about it

Have you ever made a mistake?...The odds are you probably have but, that's okay!

ASAP is a program that gives the Aviation Community a safe place to report inadvertent errors, without singling out or placing blame on any one individual. ASAP's mission is to develop the best processes possible, and that can only be done with the help of the individuals within the Aviation Community. The goal of ASAP is to share information, so the Aviation Industry can learn from one another instead of pointing fingers.

Joining ASAP gives companies the chance to make safety a culture, not a chore.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Reviewing the Security Needs At Washington's DC's Airport (DCA)

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jan 01, 2015

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, some airports serving sensitive markets have been subject to special, enhanced security measures. One of these airports is Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). While the enhanced security measures have eased over the years, there are still special precautions in place designed to keep our nation’s capital safe. Let’s review some of these special requirements and how to begin operating flights in and out of DCA.

Measures Required by the DASSP

The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense collaborated after 9/11 to create the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) to regulate aircraft operations in and out of DCA. The program requires extra security for all crew members and passengers. For crew members, DASSP requires both a TSA inspection and fingerprint based criminal history records check of all flight crew. Since 2011, operators were allowed to, once again, change their flight crew at the last minute providing they have gone through the proper security screenings required by DASSP.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Does the TSA Need to Update Security Procedures?

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

In September of this year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report criticizing the effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and specifically its Secure Flight program. The report found that while procedures for screening were in place, some screeners did not follow these procedures, causing screening errors, and that the TSA had no system to evaluate the causes of these errors. 

Without a review process in place, the risk of the same errors being made repeatedly is real and could cause security gaps and discriminatory practices, making some question the economic benefit of the TSA altogether. The GAO’s report may have shone a light on the TSA’s need to update its security procedures.
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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

TSA PreCheck Is Now For Members Only

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Over the last year, many passengers have been enjoying the benefits of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program. Recently, however the TSA has been spreading the word that the program will begin limiting its expedited service through airport security screening to paid members only. Let’s look at what the program is and why this change is happening now.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Training and Safety Still Not Meeting FAA Expectations

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

A recent rash of proposed civil penalties is showing that training and safety measures taken by operators is still not meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) expectations or mandates. From allowing mechanics to operate without proper training to gaps in drug and alcohol programs, to improper repairs, aircraft operators have some work to do to in the eyes of the FAA.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

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