Transport Security Expo Announces 2012 Workshop Programme

Lon­don, 14 June 2012 – In its 10th anniver­sary year Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo, the indus­try lead­ing annu­al gath­er­ing of secu­ri­ty pro­fes­sion­als with­in the indus­try, today unveils an expand­ed work­shop pro­gramme for its forth­com­ing event. These knowl­edge cen­tric sem­i­nars deliv­er a rich source of detailed infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed by lead­ing indus­try experts and the pro­gramme has been expand­ed by pop­u­lar demand.

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Reflect­ing con­cern expressed about the abil­i­ty of the trans­port sec­tor to thwart anoth­er major attack against prin­ci­ple assets, the work­shop sem­i­nar pro­gramme iden­ti­fies the key threats in each are­na and presents a range of answers to them.

With­in the con­text of the avi­a­tion, mar­itime, pub­lic trans­port and sup­ply chain sec­tors, six work­shops will thus focus on pas­sen­ger screen­ing, freight and car­go secu­ri­ty, ter­mi­nal and facil­i­ties pro­tec­tion, perime­ter secu­ri­ty & hos­tile vehi­cle mit­i­ga­tion, ship­ping pro­tec­tion and rail secu­ri­ty.

These work­shop ses­sions will be chaired by Ian Tay­lor, Edi­tor, Car­go Secu­ri­ty Inter­na­tion­al; Chris Yates, Prin­ci­pal, Yates Con­sult­ing, Gra­ham le Fevre, For­mer Head of Secu­ri­ty, British Army, Gra­ham Bas­set, UK Vice Chair­man, Oper­a­tion ASIS, Steven Jones, Mar­itime Direc­tor, SAMI and Roy Coop­er, Pub­lish­er, Pro­fes­sion­al Secu­ri­ty Mag­a­zine.

Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo con­ducts exten­sive research and engages in wide­spread out­reach annu­al­ly, to aid in under­stand­ing the needs of the indus­try it serves.

This activ­i­ty reveals the fol­low­ing key points:

  • With the demand for air trav­el increas­ing, air­ports must inno­vate to ensure an appro­pri­ate bal­ance between the com­pet­ing needs of utmost secu­ri­ty, greater rev­enue gen­er­a­tion and an improved pas­sen­ger expe­ri­ence.
  • The threat tra­jec­to­ry is evolv­ing and the prob­a­bil­i­ty of attacks against ter­mi­nals and sup­port­ing facil­i­ties is con­sid­ered a per­sis­tent threat with no easy solu­tion.
  • The freight and car­go chan­nel remains an extreme­ly vul­ner­a­ble avenue of attack, par­tic­u­lar­ly from a new gen­er­a­tion of devices that are dif­fi­cult to detect by nor­mal screen­ing meth­ods.
  • Painful his­to­ry demon­strates a press­ing require­ment to com­bine tra­di­tion­al perime­ter secu­ri­ty mea­sures with hos­tile vehi­cle mit­i­ga­tion tech­niques to ensure a robust defen­sive pos­ture against an increas­ing­ly wide range of exter­nal threats.
  • Despite the deploy­ment of sub­stan­tial naval assets in many of the worlds more noto­ri­ous hotspots, pira­cy on the high seas remains an intractable prob­lem for which self-help appears to be the only prac­ti­cal solu­tion.
  • Major secu­ri­ty chal­lenges, includ­ing pro­tect­ing pas­sen­gers using such open and vul­ner­a­ble trans­port infra­struc­ture from acts of ter­ror­ism and pro­tect­ing valu­able safe­ty crit­i­cal assets against organ­ised and oppor­tunis­tic theft, con­tin­ue to bedev­il nation­al rail oper­a­tors.

Along­side the exten­sive con­fer­ence and exhi­bi­tion pro­gramme, this series of work­shops deliv­ers valu­able insight into the tech­nol­o­gy options avail­able to the trans­port indus­tries, as they grap­ple with an evolv­ing threat hori­zon includ­ing ris­ing inci­dences of crim­i­nal activ­i­ty.

This vital event is being held against a back­drop of con­tin­u­ing ten­sion on the world stage, an indus­try wide threat lev­el that remains high and fun­da­men­tal pol­i­cy and oper­a­tional changes under con­sul­ta­tion. These fac­tors will dri­ve the debate, inform deci­sion mak­ing and direct pur­chas­ing deci­sions when Trans­port Secu­ri­ty Expo next con­venes at Lon­don Olympia on 14–15 Novem­ber 2012.