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New “insider threat” handbook for airports

The guide, on the potential risks and threats posed by staff members, is the second security handbook by Airports Council International.

A new resource for airports has been published looking at the risks and threats posed by staff members exploiting their positions of trust to harm the airport and others.

Addressing the Insider Threat, a handbook published by Airports Council International, was launched at the ACI Asia-Pacific and world annual general assembly, last week in Hong Kong, hosted by Hong Kong International Airport.

It provides airports with advice, information and examples, drawing on the experiences of airports around the world on combatting the “insider threat”, identifying best practices that “can form a robust multi-layered security system,” the ACI says.

The handbook explores the current global threat in this area, including cybersecurity risks, offering a range of measures and solutions that can be tailored to an airport’s unique local conditions and challenges.

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This is the ACI’s second security handbook, preceded by a 2018 publication called the Landside Security Handbook, and is part of a “drive to promote airport excellence through sharing guidance on important security topics”.

“Safety and security are top priorities for our industry and recent events show that terrorists continue to try to exploit aviation to do harm, not only from outside the system but also from inside it,” said Angela Gittens, Airports Council International’s director general.

“The insider threat is posed by people who, willingly or not, facilitate these attacks, where their position of trust and understanding of the system allows them to exploit any vulnerabilities.

She added: “The most efficient mitigation may well be to leverage our own airport communities. The vast majority of airport workers are well-intentioned. We need to ensure that the security culture is strong and that staff are motivated to perform well, are willing to challenge others and to be challenged.”

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