Aviation Security

July, 2017

Like the Terrorists, It’s Time We Start Adapting to Aviation Security’s Threats and Vulnerabilities

Periodic red team challenges to TSA defenses have been delivering pretty much the same grim results for the past decade. Somehow, we manage to shove the bad news under the carpet, shrug, and move on. Seems like we have adapted to repressing the bad news about our abilities to mitigate actual threats much faster than we are adopting innovative new ways to mitigate our existing and evolving vulnerabilities and threats.
April, 2017

Getting A Grip On Air Rage Using Assertive-HonoringTM

What is Assertive-HonoringTM and how it can help the aviation industry to manage air-rage incidents. Read about our unique de-escalation tools.
January, 2017

Is airport security an impossible dream?

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Managing Director, Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, wrote in USA Today, exploring the implication of this most recent tragic event on aviation security, as well as possible steps to mitigate the vulnerabilities exposed by this and other attacks.
September, 2016

Terrorist Decision Making (TDMTM) – Increasing Aviation Security By Turning Your Organization Against Itself

In our zeal to protect ourselves from the next attack, the current emphasis on technological countermeasures focuses on yesterday’s threat and usually does not give enough attention to “the human element” which evolves rapidly, creating ever-changing threat profiles.
November, 2015

Why Planes Remain a Terrorist Target?

CNN has just published an op-ed by Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global's managing director of Counterterrorism and Infrastructure Protection, where Dr. Southers sheds light on terrorists' "fatal attraction" to aviation, and on the ways to mitigate against this ever-present threat.
November, 2015

Russian Plane Crash: Possible Causes and Ramifications – Dr. Southers Discusses on Yahoo TV

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global's Managing Director of Counter Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection, provided extensive insights on the security aspects associated with the crash of the recent Russian plan in Egypt's Sinai dessert. Appearing in an extensive interview on Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga's program, Dr. Southers analysed intelligence inputs, security policies and post-disaster activities, as well as the possible impact of this event on global aviation.
April, 2015

RSA 2015 – TAL Global Experts Shine a Light on the Unique Challenges of Cyber Security in Aviation

Dr. Erroll Southers, TAL Global’s Erroll Southers Managing Director for Counterterrorism and Infrastructure Protection, and Lawrence Dietz, Esq. TAL Global’s General Counsel & Managing Director, Information Security, explored last Friday a rarely examined aspect of cyber security, when they urged the audience at RSA USA 2015 Conference to consider the ways in which aircraft systems and networks could become weapons of war - aimed at the US and its allies.
April, 2015

TAL Global In Full Force At RSA USA 2015

TAL Global’s experts, Lawrence Dietz, Esq., and Dr. Erroll Southers, will present and discuss two relevant and innovative perspectives on information security at this year’s largest Information Security Conference - RSA USA 2015 Conference at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, April 20-24.
November, 2014

Aviation Security – The Cyber Perspective

Criminals, including those in the cyber realm, also come in many stripes. Some are motivated by greed, while others, such as terrorists, are driven by beliefs and ideologies. Aviation is a prime target for both types of criminals and involves threats from both as well as potential threats from nation states in time of war. Lawrence Dietz, TAL Global's General Counsel and Managing Director, Information Security, provides here an insightful introduction to the unique and challenging nature of cyber security in the aviation sector.
August, 2014

What’s Behind Aviation Security’s Apparent Bureaucratic Knee-Jerk Reactions?

"We are dealing with innovative and adaptive adversaries who are intent on being successful." Dr. Erroll Southers sheds necessary light on the reasons and motivations behind what sometimes seems like bureaucratic knee-jerk reactions by overzealous airport security agents.