CEO & Founder of Human Recognitions Systems (HRS) Discusses the Response to the Brussels Terror Attacks on Newsnight
Neil Norman joined Newsnight for a discussion on BBC 2 relating to the psychology of fear and the possibility of providing extra safeguards to combat future security threats in the wake of Brussels
Brussels Terror Attacks
[THURSDAY 24th MARCH] Following on from lengthy coverage of the recent terror attacks, Neil Norman (CEO & Founder of HRS) joined Presenter Emily Maitlis and Terrorism Trauma Counsellor Debora Del Vecchio-Scully on the BBC’s premier current affairs platform to talk about changing behaviours and the importance of technology to provide additional defences.
The conservation cast a spotlight on the growing calls from many in Belgium and the Transport Security Industry for more to be done to anticipate future attacks, and also for governments and transportation bodies to provide the greatest level of protection possible in public places.
“We are accepting the fact that technology has a role to play and we also accept that we are going to have to surrender convenience, something we crave a lot in the west,” said Neil Norman.
“One of the things that is going to have to be considered is pushing back the barriers, at the moment we only stop and check people at the ticket presentation point, whereas other airports around the world (in East Africa for example) tend to push the barrier out further”.
Profiling Potential Threats
On the difficult subject of profiling potential threats, Neil pointed to the work done by ICAO (Intentional Civil Aviation Organisation) a body within the United Nations. For a number of years, ICAO have been encouraging airports to introduce a grading system of profiling, so different threats can be distinguished from one another with a degree of randomisation.
Neil Norman added: “If you look at the profile of individuals who tend to commit these sorts of terrorist acts, they do fit a particular profile. It’s not comfortable for us to discuss perhaps, but I think there are ways and means (to profile them) and the ICAO has been looking to investigate this further”.
As extremist inspired attacks continue to dominate the security concerns of Europe and the rest of the world, much is expected of high tech companies, especially those that specialise in biometrics and identity management, to provide ever more advanced solutions to these contentious issues.
The discussion is available to view here.
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