Transport Security Expo announces 2012 conference programme

Avi­a­tion, mar­itime, pub­lic trans­port and sup­ply chain debates to exam­ine key indus­try wide chal­lenges and avail­able solu­tions
Lon­don, 27 June 2012 – In its 10th anniver­sary year, Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo, the indus­try lead­ing annu­al gath­er­ing of secu­ri­ty pro­fes­sion­als from with­in the sec­tor, today unveils an expand­ed con­fer­ence pro­gramme at its forth­com­ing event. While reflect­ing upon the seem­ing­ly intractable secu­ri­ty chal­lenges that con­tin­ue to bedev­il the col­lec­tive trans­port indus­tries, this year’s con­fer­ence pro­gramme aims to bring clar­i­ty to the threats cur­rent­ly faced and those that may be over the near hori­zon.

Com­ment­ing on the forth­com­ing Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor David Wood­bridge said: “Through exten­sive research and wide­spread indus­try out­reach we have focused each of the con­fer­ences toward iden­ti­fy­ing threats and real world meth­ods of mit­i­ga­tion. These expand­ed con­fer­ences also intro­duce the rel­a­tive­ly new con­cept of The Great Live Debates, allow­ing del­e­gates from across the globe to ful­ly engage in the impor­tant dis­cus­sions at hand.”

This new­ly cre­at­ed ‘Great Live Debates’ con­fer­ence fea­ture hones in on pri­ma­ry con­cerns with­in the avi­a­tion; mar­itime and pub­lic trans­port domain spaces and enables atten­dees to dis­cuss mat­ters of most con­cern to them in open forum dur­ing the two days of Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo.

With­in the avi­a­tion space the pro­posed move to out­come focused risk based secu­ri­ty and the con­tin­u­ing saga of liq­uid and gel based screen­ing, rep­re­sent the biggest shake up in pas­sen­ger fac­ing secu­ri­ty mea­sures for very many years. A con­tro­ver­sial deci­sion tak­en by gov­ern­ment last year to arm the mer­chant marine, all too suc­cinct­ly empha­sis­es that nation­al agen­cies are devoid of easy answers to the conun­drum of pira­cy on the high seas. The grow­ing trend in con­duc­tive met­al theft across the pub­lic trans­port space is a sign of harsh eco­nom­ic real­i­ty, which direct­ly impinges upon the safe­ty of such mass tran­sit net­works and is cost­ly to address.

Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo will recon­vene 14–15 Novem­ber 2012 at Lon­don Olympia. The event will fea­ture three two-day con­fer­ences focused upon avi­a­tion, mar­itime and pub­lic trans­port secu­ri­ty. It will also host a one-day sup­ply chain focused con­fer­ence organ­ised by the Trans­port­ed Assets Pro­tec­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (TAPA).

Con­fer­ence chair­men include Andrew McClumpha, Direc­tor, Leigh­Fish­er; Math­ew Finn, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Aug­men­tiq, Chris Trelawny, Deputy Direc­tor Mar­itime Secu­ri­ty and Facil­i­ta­tion, Inter­na­tion­al Mar­time Orga­ni­za­tion (IMO), Giles Noakes, Chief Mar­itime Secu­ri­ty Offi­cer, BIMCO, Neil Skel­ton, Head of Pro­fes­sion­al Ser­vices, ITS UK and Chris Lynch, Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Lead, Deloitte.

Sig­nif­i­cant secu­ri­ty issues remain across the trans­port indus­tries’ domain space, which could be exploit­ed by those with the intent to inflict harm. Over the past decade we have dis­cov­ered to our cost that ter­ror­ist organ­i­sa­tions are resource­ful and nim­ble adver­saries, with the capa­bil­i­ty to strike when least expect­ed and from often times unex­pect­ed direc­tions. In these times of aus­ter­i­ty the trans­port sec­tor must do its bit to do more with less and plug these gaps in the over­all secu­ri­ty archi­tec­ture.

“We con­tin­ue or work in a tough eco­nom­ic envi­ron­ment but bud­getary con­straint should not dis­tract us from the ulti­mate goal of mak­ing the trans­port infra­struc­ture more secure than it is today. These con­fer­ences help to iden­ti­fy the key secu­ri­ty issues faced in each of the trans­port fields and could poten­tial­ly help attend­ing del­e­gates to make informed deci­sions as to where tight bud­gets should be focused. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing those with pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty for secu­ri­ty with­in the trans­port world back to Lon­don Olympia in Novem­ber for Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo,” con­cludes David Wood­bridge.

This vital annu­al con­fer­ence event is held in con­junc­tion with an exten­sive pro­gramme of infor­ma­tion rich work­shop sem­i­nars and against the back­drop of one of the biggest exhi­bi­tions of its kind in the secu­ri­ty world today.