Dr. Attila Freska, Chief Operating Officer of Securiport LLC, has recently presented Securiport’s unique approach to effectively strategizing the border security paradigm at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Wings of Change (WoC) 2016 event in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Freska’s presentation specifically examined the three strategic security imperatives that governments and global security leaders should implement. In an age of porous borders and global radicalization, the need for solutions to control these frontiers has never been greater. Securiport also sponsored the panel on Infrastructure: looking towards the next 10 years.
There have been so many recent events, such as the attacks in Paris, Ankara and Brussels that involve verifying identities of suspicious individuals and discovering their true intentions. Dr. Freska talked about the common shortcomings in verification analysis, and how more often than not individuals with less than the best intentions go undetected. The crossing of borders, use of stolen or forged travel documents, inadequate screening protocols, limited or lack of biometric tools, no real-time checks against Interpol databases, and ineffective use of big data analytics are just a few examples.
“The new border security paradigm for effective migrant control,” said Dr. Freska, “needs to correct three damaging processes: overall lack of real-time checks, no use of available technology and recognizing that every nation, every government, every threat assessment is different and security measures need to be integrated with the unique behaviors of local law enforcement and culture in mind.”
In the absence of any one of the elements in this complex paradigm, there are gaps that transnational criminals and terrorist organizations will exploit.
The Wings of Change event brings together the leaders of the air transport industry in Latin America; aeronautical and political authorities, airline and airport executives, regulators, service providers and tourism authorities, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the aviation industry. Top industry issues covered at the conference included regulatory challenges, end-to-end passenger experience, new distribution trends, infrastructure, key industry suppliers and regulatory issues.