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

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.

Recent terror incidents in Brussels, Istanbul and the loss of Metrojet 9286 in Egypt, have demonstrated that terrorists have the capacity to adapt to compromise layers of security countermeasures. Unfortunately, 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.

Terrorists’ Attack Cycle
Terrorists’ Attack Cycle

“Red Teaming” is today’s main operational vulnerability-detecting mechanism. It is not new by any means. Law enforcement agencies and infrastructure operators challenge the integrity and functionality of access control systems, security personnel and technologies used to detect a variety of threats. The purpose of a Red Team is to analyze the capabilities and expose vulnerabilities of people and/or systems by challenging their operation in real-time and real-life, while employing multiple attack vectors (e.g., people & technology).

Yet, Red Teams tend to focus on challenging existing vulnerabilities, such as physical access barriers, screening technologies and personnel. Red Teams are not trained to look at existing vulnerabilities in the way a terrorist does.

In its search to improve aviation security, TAL Global developed Terrorist Decision Making (TDMTM) – a method designed to “turn an organization against itself” in an effort to challenge aviation security layers by teaching defenders to look at themselves through the eyes of the attacking “bad guys” instead of through the eyes of defenders. TDMTM delivers an additional layer of proactive, counter-terrorism aviation security analysis and concrete security recommendations.

Mr. Johnathan Tal, TAL Global’s President and CEO will present and discuss TDMTM at the upcoming Airport Security 2016 Conference, an international airport review event that will take place September 27-28, 2016, at the Sofitel Hotel, London Heathrow.

To learn more about TDMTM, Click HERE to download TAL Global’s White Paper titled: Terrorist Decision Making (TDMTM) – A New Paradigm in Aviation Security.

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