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    Aviation: A Transportation Method for Human Trafficking

    Posted by Joe Dalton on Fri, Apr 30, 2021



    Written by: Claudia Culmone

    Human trafficking is a modern term applied to an age-old system that exploits people of all ages and backgrounds for profit or personal gratification.

    The trafficking of humans can be traced back thousands of years to civilizations that include the Romans, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs and Chinese. During these periods, transportation of victims was primarily achieved by marching them over land on foot. In the 17th century, traffickers used ships, transforming the institution into a global business. The dawn of aviation provided a new transportation option for traffickers – one that is still heavily used today.

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    Real ID and the Reality of Not Having It

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jun 27, 2019



    Since January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not REAL ID-compliant are required to present an alternative form of identification before boarding a commercial aircraft. Luckily, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website shows all states and territories are compliant or have been granted an extension. As of October 1, 2020, however, anyone planning to travel on a federally-regulated aircraft will be required to present a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID.

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    Is Your Company Safe from Insider Threat?

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jan 28, 2019



    First, what is an insider threat? According to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 2018 Report of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee on Insider Threats at Airports, “The term insider threat refers to individuals with privileged access to sensitive areas and/or information, who intentionally or unwittingly misuse or allow others to misuse this access to exploit vulnerabilities in an effort to compromise security, facilitate criminal activity, terrorism, or other illicit actions which inflict harm to people, an organization, the air transportation system or national security.”

    With that definition in mind, let’s examine the components of insider threat and how you can protect your operation from them.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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