Few people in business, especially within the aviation industry, would fail to recognise the importance and corporate value of having a sound security culture prevailing within the organisation. There is no end to the invention and innovation of the criminal mind and, unchecked, it can erode corporate value.
Is the corporate security portfolio adequately prioritised within your business? Are your executive team and/or the board comfortable that their obligations have been discharged?
Gates Aviation can assist in the following ways:
What relevance has Corporate Security within the organisational business plan? Does it have a high priority alongside commercial objectives? Does corporate security have an independent, impartial review board to ensure that strategic objectives are set and attainment is monitored?
Let us review your corporate security strategy to ensure that it is appropriate for the business and is cost-effective. We will look to see how corporate security objectives are communicated to staff at a general and specific level within the organisation, and that processes and procedures are adequately set out for employees.
We have the experience to determine where corporate vulnerabilities may exist and review whether the countermeasures currently in place are adequate to ensure that stakeholder value in the business is not eroded.
Does the business know the potential value of revenue lost and costs incurred through fraud; pilferage and other criminal activities? Is there a recognised process within the organisation and is the business convinced that it is getting value for money from that function?
Events of very recent years have shown the need for well-considered aviation security programmes, supported by absolute vigilance within line management functions. Airlines and airports are already aware of the need. But not all can afford to retain specialist skills in this area.
Gates Aviation offers the following solutions:
Interpretation of national regulation into processes and procedures which are easily comprehended by those who are responsible for their implementation is often a difficult task. Determining the extent to which company policy should reflect regulation can also create unnecessary tensions within organisations. The style of communication to line departments can also determine the difference between success and failure. We are able to review the relationships between regulation; it’s implementation and corporate policy to establish the optimum solution for the business.
Often, the complexity of national regulation relative to the international standard regulations is extremely difficult to interpret at the front end of the operation. In many cases this results in a disconnect between what is intended and what is implemented. We can assist by providing a compliance review with recommendations for improvement which seeks to optimise expenditure on compliant activity.
Effective aviation security processes start with a clear understanding of the prevailing threat; both ambient background threat and that specific to the operations being performed. Optimum implementation must be based on a proportionate response to the prevailing threat. Being clear about this helps to understand what needs to be done to address the specifics.
Occasionally, national and international authorities and agencies will audit compliant activities performed by airports, airlines and business aviation operators. The outcome of points of failure can be uncomfortable for the organisations involved. We offer an independent, impartial review of aviation security compliant activity to reassure the organisation on those areas where compliant activity is being performed well and to raise the internal profile on any areas of vulnerability uncovered.
Every operator will have points to which it operates which are more vulnerable than others. Vulnerability may arise from terrorist threat; organised crime; fraudulent activities, or simply pilferage. There are a number of stratagems which can be adopted to address each of these threats to the business ~ the start point, though, is the identification of the vulnerabilities themselves. We are experienced in this area and can often put in place methods of securing the business that reduces the amounts of uninsured loss which the business may be experiencing.
We have consultants who are both qualified and experienced in aviation security application and training. We can provide aviation security training for front-line activities; catering; cargo; cabin service and a range of other compliant activities. If you have a specific need, then discuss this with us; we will be able to assist.
Often the ‘Cinderella’ of security provision, it nonetheless represents a potentially significant area of vulnerability to any carrier. Criminal activity related to air cargo alone is said to represent a minimum of $10.5bn in losses, globally, per annum. This lies in both high-value and routine shipments and is very often targeted for the purpose.
- Assessment of cargo vulnerability to both criminal and terrorist acts.
- Review of existing countermeasures and record of losses and/or incidents.
- Examination of high-value shipment protective measures.
- Strategy for supply chain security and tactically practical implementation measures.