The 2nd Annual Airport Security Summit will take place on the 20th -21st of April 2017 in Barcelona.

The summit will delve into challenges within airport security operations, and it will offer a fresh overview of issues faced in today’s technology-driven security solutions. The summit will offer deeper insights into issues, such as airport security strategy, data security improvements, risk management and threat assessment, security training and staff development.

Last year’s summit was a great success with a great turnout of expert speakers and attendees. Not to mention notable case studies on the latest technologies, innovations and issues in the airport security industry whilst having successful networking events throughout the summit.

The 2nd Annual event will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about recent projects and advances from inspirational speakers.




Wilfried Covent is the Head of Security at The Brussels Airport Company. Wilfried has been involved in the aviation industry for over 20 years. Previously, he served as a Police Commissioner in local Police Force in Belgium. Wilfried started out his career in aviation by working as an Airline Security Manager at Sabena and as an Aviation Security Manager at DHL Express Europe. He has been working at the Brussels Airport since 2010 as the Head of Security, where he has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the ACI-Europe Security Committee.

On the ever-increasing terror threats around the world, Wilfried will be giving a not to miss presentation on the ‘Brussels Airport before and after the terrorist attack’ in regards to the impacts on landside security, experience and the new set principles after the attack and achieving the best possible level of security including reaching a balance between risk, threats, security performance and passenger throughput.






Key Practical Learning Points Of Summit:

  • Airport Security Policies and Security Standardisation
  • Benefiting from Advanced Technology Solutions
  • Recognizing Cyber-security Risks and Protection Planning
  • New Technology as Part of Security Services
  • Threat Assessment and Risk Management
  • Surveillance Systems and Behavioral Analytics
  • Terrorism and Global Threats
  • Compromises between Passenger Experience and Security Solutions
  • Protective Measures for Landside Security


Here is a short video that was taken at last years summit!



Returning to this year’s summit with yet another fascinating and informative presentation on Cybersecurity is Dr. John McCarthy the Head of Research at Cyber Research Centre ServiceTec. Dr. John McCarthy is a world-renowned authority on CyberSecurity strategy, development and implementation. 

John is frequently invited to sit on expert panels and appear as an expert speaker at well-known CyberSecurity events. Besides, John’s impressive list of posts include seats on a number of prominent US committees that offer advice and policy guidance to the US government on cybersecurity matters. He is also a panel member of the American Transport Research Board researching Cyber Security best practice for airports throughout North America. He is an active member of the ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee, the British Computer Society (BSC), Elite, the International Committee on Information Warfare and Security and a Member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. John is also a Freeman of the City of London.

John will be giving a significant and revealing demonstration on ‘Cyber Security Hacking.’




Chrisoula Falagaris is the Head Airport Security Planning, Training & Contracts Monitoring at the Athens International Airport. Chris is a seasoned senior Security Professional with over 26 years experience in planning, managing and exercising quality control in Security Operations. For the last 15 years, Chris works for the greenfield B.O.T. Airport of Athens, heading Security Planning and Contracts Monitoring for third-party security services providers. Chris is a Qualified International Civil Aviation Organization (I.C.A.O.) Instructor and delivers security awareness and sensitization training regularly to all of the airport’s identification holders. She is also part of cross-airport and cross-company, international teams on relevant European Union-funded projects, promoting new technologies and developments for airports, their clients and users, as well as for the security sector in general.

Chris will be giving an interesting presentation on ‘Air Cargo Security in combination with a related EU project called EUROSKY.’

Besides individual case studies and panel discussions, networking breaks will give a possibility for industry leaders to gather together and discuss potential risks and improvements in security and how to successfully implement new security strategies and benefit from new technology.