With security threats at home and abroad among the concerns for industry professionals, NBAA recently announced a new educational opportunity focusing on business aviation security.
The inaugural NBAA Security Conference – to be held Jan. 24-25, prior to the first 2017 NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach, FL – promises to help attendees raise the bar for security measures in their organizations, and prepare to respond to a national security crisis.
“Business aviation security issues are presented in a number of NBAA conferences and forums, but this is the one conference that will bring it all together,” said Mike Nichols, CAM, NBAA’s vice president, operational excellence and professional development. “This brand-new, in-depth conference will complement other security educational opportunities NBAA provides throughout the year.”
While the conference is intended for business aviation professionals with experience in security best practices, professionals new to the security arena are encouraged to attend a pre-conference Introduction to Business Aviation Security Workshop on Jan. 24 to help arm new security coordinators and others responsible with critical basics for developing and implementing security measures within their organization.
Another pre-conference event, the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) Roundtable, is open to TSA-approved DASSP operators only. Here, approved DASSP operators will discuss desired improvements to the program and possible new benefits operators could receive for being vetted.
The conference agenda was developed based on survey results from NBAA member companies, which indicated that the expansion and maturation of their organization’s security practices is a top priority. Scheduled focus areas include the relationship between business aviation and relevant security agencies, privacy considerations, cybersecurity threats, and international security concerns.
The conference will close with attendees and facilitators sharing concerns and expertise in several workshop discussions.
“We are excited to bring this conference to our members, particularly in a year of governmental transition,” said Nichols. “The conference will be interactive and scenario-based, presenting tools and practices operators can take back to their organizations and implement immediately to raise the bar for security in their flight department and company overall.”
Additional information is available at www.nbaa.org/events/security-conference/2017.