The aviation system depends on a layered approach to security. These layers are designed to create multiple barriers to harmful acts that might target the aviation sector and the people within it (including staff and the public).

All people in your organisation, regardless of their roles or responsibilities, play an important part in ensuring the different layers of security are effective in mitigating any threat to the system. Developing a robust security culture by embedding positive behaviours and mindsets in your people presents an additional protective layer in the wider security system, and an additional barrier to detect and prevent a potential act of harm.

A robust security culture is increasingly recognised internationally as a key pillar of aviation security and is necessary to build a strong and resilient aviation sector. Developing and sustaining an effective security culture is a vital part of achieving and sustaining positive security behaviours, that are integrated into organisational and management practice.

Benefits of enhancing your organisation’s security culture

Enhancing and sustaining an effective and positive security culture is a vital aspect of your organisation’s overall security regime and helps to protect against threats that could cause harm to people, infrastructure, and assets; and to reduce vulnerabilities in the wider aviation system. It's important to develop a security conscious workforce and promote the desired behaviours you want from staff.

Enhancing your security culture can help to:

  • provide a cost effective, easily achievable, and effective layer of security protection
  • encourage collective responsibility for security
  • engage employees with, and encourage them to take responsibility for, security issues
  • increase levels of compliance with regulatory security standards and recommended best practices
  • reduce the risk of security incidents and breaches through an established practice of staff demonstrating a high level of security consciousness
  • encourage employees to proactively identify risks and report behaviours or activities of concern
  • enable employees to feel more secure in their workplace
  • allow a company to present itself as a robust, safe and secure organisation to customers and other stakeholders.


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