Airport Security – A Worrisome Aspect in Wake of Increasing Cyber Attacks

Thu, 18 April 2019 5:39

With the emergence of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), self-check-in kiosks, and automated bag drops alongside the growing prevalence of automation, connectivity and information sharing, cyber threat has emerged as a noteworthy concern among authorities and masses alike. While automation offers numerous advantages at airports, it also gives rise to new vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity is capable of compromising airport security and as the latter is critical to national security, authorities are devising precautionary measures.

Segmental Insight

The global airport security market has been segmented on the basis of technology and region. On the basis of technology, the market has been segmented into cybersecurity, perimeter security, screening, surveillance, and access control. Among these, the cybersecurity segment is pegged to register strong market growth during forecast years. According to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), an average of 1,000 attacks occur per month on aviation systems.

Regional Insight

From a regional perspective, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).

North America dominates the global airport security market with governments in the region prioritizing security measures such as implementation of cybersecurity solutions and installation of video surveillance cameras. Asia Pacific is pegged to be the fastest growing market for airport security as strong economic growth and rapid globalization in the region have been leading to an increase in the movement of people and goods.

In Europe, the U.K. and Germany are pegged to be prominent airport security markets. Attributing to growing terrorism threats, government and airport authorities in the U.K. have extensively implemented passenger screening and explosive trace detection systems at airports.

Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA) have been witnessing sound growth in wake of the increasing terrorist attacks.

Competitive Landscape

Some of the key players in the global market are Bosch Sicherheits system GmbH (U.S.), Autoclear, LLC (U.S), Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.), Smiths Detection Inc. (U.S.), Siemens Ag (Germany), Osi Systems, Inc. (U.S.) and Safran (France).

Evolution of security threats necessitates technological advancements to counter emerging challenges in airport security. The global airport security market is highly reactive with key players making significant investments in R&D to stay afloat. For instance, in 2018, Bosch Security and Safety Systems launched new hardware and software products with IoT-enabled integrated security systems that deliver solutions to increase data security in video surveillance.


By Technology

  • Cybersecurity
  • Perimeter Security
  • Screening
  • Surveillance
  • Access Control

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA)