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Corporate Aviation Security: A Four-Pronged Approach to Improving Aviation Security

Corporate Aviation Security: A Four-Pronged Approach to Improving Aviation Security

In today’s fast-paced society, executive air travel is nearly as common as Internet service. In major countries like the United States or European Union, executives may move via corporate jet, and not just through major airports like New York’s Kennedy, Frankfurt Airport, or London’s Heathrow but also through minor airports. Here, the issue is that minor airports may lack the security infrastructure of their larger counterparts. This problem is compounded in smaller, developing countries.

Airport security can become a weak link in executive security. According to Chris Hagon, our CEO, “Although most large airports are reasonably secure, many smaller airports serving primarily corporate clients have less resources to devote to airport security.

Detect, deny, deter and defend are the four prongs of an effective security approach. Let’s drill down into each element.

A Four-Pronged Approach to Executive Protection and Corporate Aviation Security

The following is a simple and effective approach to increase the security of individuals on the ground at airports as well as in the skies.


     As most international security services understand, the first step to defending against a threat is to identify          it. Once a threat is detected, it can be studied and analyzed to uncover its capabilities and intentions. If            the threat becomes severe enough, law enforcement can be called in to deal with the issue.

2.  DENY

     One of the first steps to sound executive protection and corporate aviation security is to deny potential              threats information they could used to carry out a harmful act. In regards to air travel, there are steps                organizations can take to ensure that their travel plans and flight routes are not publicly available.


     Another vital step to increasing security at airports is to deter an attack in the first place. After all, many            security professionals believe that unsophisticated attackers can be deterred by the simple presence of              sturdy equipment, sound procedures, and competent personnel.


     Defensive procedures are the final component of IMG’s corporate aviation security and executive protection      strategy. Although efforts to detect, deny, and deter will neutralize most threats, organizations still need to        be prepared to defend their personnel. This last component involves a thorough understanding of the                  fundamentals of physical security.


Taking Action on Aviation Security

If your organization is a heavy user of aviation for corporate travel, whether in the US, Europe or abroad, creating a security plan is a worthwhile investment. A four-pronged approach can help conceptualize the levels of preparedness, but only an expert analysis can give you the in-depth plan that will work on a daily basis.


Last modified on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:37

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Christopher Hagon

Christopher A. Hagon is a managing partner of Incident Management Group, Inc. (IMG), a security consulting firm. Founded in 1995 and still led by managing partners Christopher Hagon and forensic psychologist Dr. Harley Stock, IMG and its experienced, worldwide consultants help to design, develop and attain a wide range of preventive and reactive worldwide security goals. Our consultancy provides risk management and security services to numerous clients, large and small, to protect their brand, people, products and customer interests. 

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