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Security Management System (SeMS)

IATA continues to promote the Security Management System (SeMS) approach based on the proven principles of the Safety Management System (SMS) with new updates to come in the 3rd Edition of the SeMS Manual. Additionally, and following new international requirements, some tools are being developed such as a new Security Incident Reporting Initiation & Awareness online micro learning - See It Report It, and a future SeMS assessment tool (SeMS Competency Test). All these efforts have an aspirational goal of strengthening SeMS including the security culture by way of using modern and cost-effective approaches. 

Security Incident Reporting Initiation & Awareness

ICAO AVSEC Panel and ICAO Council encourage States, and all stakeholders to rapidly review and update the national requirements and syllabus of existing security awareness training programs to include incident reporting awareness and processes. In order to assist with this rapid implementation, IATA launched the See It Report It initiative. Contact us if you would like to become an early adopter.

The initiative includes videos on awareness and reporting. Both are available in 8 languages.

Awareness Videos: ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchJapanesePortugueseRussianSpanish

Reporting Videos: ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchJapanesePortugueseRussianSpanish

 


Embedding security into the business

IATA has demonstrated the value of the Security Management System (SeMS) through its IOSA Program for more than a decade. SeMS implementation contributed to the capability of airlines to manage security in an ever-changing reality. IATA is well-positioned to share its experience on SeMS with its member airlines and the aviation community. The aim is to support and promote implementation of SeMS principles within the entire aviation industry. To enable this objective, IATA has released the second edition of the SeMS Manual in November 2018, and its thirtd edition is in preparation. Through the SeMS Manual , IATA expresses the belief that the SeMS approach is a natural path of evolution in thinking of security, risk assessment, and as such should be adopted and integrated by other stakeholders to achieve further improvement of the aviation security generally. IATA therefore, encourages all actors to recognize the value-added of implementing SeMS in a manner tailored to individual needs. 

Building a security culture

SeMS reinforces and integrates the security culture. It focuses on the role of human factor. A security culture should be promoted through a 'lead by example' approach and formulated through the company’s Security Policy to get the buy-in of the frontline staff into the importance of security. In this context, good awareness and training, and good information exchange using the security reporting is indispensable. To facilitate collection of data in a structured manner, IATA promotes the security occurrences’ taxonomy (pdf) and the template of the security report form.

SeMS defined

SeMS encompasses the following key elements (IOSA SEC 1.1.1) enabling effective management of security:

  • Senior management and corporate commitment
  • Resources Management
  • Threat assessment and risk management
  • Management of emergencies and incidence
  • Quality control and quality assurance  

Through SeMS, risks can be identified, prioritized and systematically mitigated using well-informed decisions.​​​​​​​​

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