Emirates Group Security Receives UK Delegation

Meeting highlighted closer collaboration to effectively manage aviation cybersecurity risks

Dubai, UAE 6 October 2020: Emirates Group Security today hosted a meeting with Deputy British Ambassador to the UAE, Sophia Brecknell and The British Consul General to Dubai, Andrew Jackson, along with a delegation of UK law enforcement and aviation security specialists. The visit highlighted the strong relationship and long history of cooperation between Emirates Group Security and the UK Government and its law enforcement agencies, emphasizing the important role that aviation security plays in supporting the air transport eco-system.

The UK delegation also included Dubai based representatives of HM Revenue and Customs, Immigration Enforcement, the National Crime Agency, Metropolitan Police and the Department of Transport.

The meeting explored opportunities for closer cooperation within the realm of aviation security, particularly in cybersecurity. The discussions highlighted the need for deeper collaboration across the aviation value chain, taking into account a range of stakeholders such as policy makers, regulators, security and border control, airline and airport operators, amongst others to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities and drive meaningful engagement across the aviation community to identify vulnerabilities and manage additional risks.

Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Group Security, hosted the delegation and reiterated the importance of the working relationship forged between Emirates Group Security and the UK government. As the aviation industry navigates an increasingly complex landscape, with a steep rise in transnational crime, smuggling of contraband, syndicated theft, modern day slavery, and greater public demand for safety, there is an even greater need for continuous improvement through partnerships, training and investments in technology. Emirates Group Security is meeting these challenges by leveraging technology, investing in human capital, and living the maxim: security is everybody’s business. Dr Abdulla added that strong relationships between the aviation industry and governments allow for the development of a greater integrated approach to general crime prevention. Emirates Group Security’s role in crime prevention, general security services and aviation security is increasingly becoming important in today’s world.

Andrew Jackson, Consul General, welcomed the wide range of existing collaboration between Emirates Group Security and the UK across a number of areas including crime prevention and aviation security, and the discussion of opportunities to grow cooperation in future, including in new areas such as cyber security.