What can Businesses Learn from the TSA Security Developments

    The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) was created in response to the attacks on September, 11 2001. Although the purpose of the organization was to fill a gap in airport/airline security, some are still skeptical as to whether the TSA’s strategies are working. As air travel becomes increasingly more popular, the TSA will have to find a balance between convenience and safety. Businesses can learn from the recent and pending advancements of the TSA.

Adopting New Technology

According to Wired Magazine, the TSA does not need more staff, it needs technology. ““Our vision for a 2020 checkpoint is to triple the current rate of scanning,” says ALERT Center at Northeastern University researcher Jose Martinez Lorenzo, from 100 people per line, per hour, to 300. Better yet, in his vision, passengers won’t even have to break stride, offer up their tiny shampoo bottles, or dig out their computers. They will walk through an arch or a tunnel at normal pace, and be scanned in real time.” Unlike popular airports, most businesses will not see hundreds of thousands of visitors per day. However, this does not mean proper security procedures and advancements should be omitted. Forbes Magazine lists its six innovative technologies designed to improve safety. Although there is an upfront cost associated with improving security, the costs of a breach can severely outweigh its preemptive counterpart. Further, there are many low costs alternatives to improving a company’s security profile.

Privatizing/Outsourcing Security

The TSA has suffered nearly two decades of bureaucracy slowing down natural innovation that can come from industry competition. Due to limited competition in this market segment, security inventions have grown increasingly stagnant. The following paraphrases an article from CNN last year: According to the TSA’s “Screening Partnership Program,” 22 airports have been allowed to contract with private companies to administer airport screening operations. Stated by a Government Accountability Office leaked report, there is ample evidence that private security screeners are much better able to detect dangerous objects including explosives and weapons than the TSA. In addition, private screeners are also able to process passengers more efficiently, meaning fewer lines and more taxpayer savings. In fact, research from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure found potential savings of $1 billion over five years if our top 35 busiest airports operated as efficiently as the private screeners at San Francisco's Airport do. While your organization may not be able to rationalize the budget requirements of hiring a dedicated security team, outsourced consulting may be able to suggest a proper amount of security within a predetermined budget. Consult the professionals at Falcon Consulting Group to help with adopting new technologies and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to bridging the gap between security and efficiency.