2021 – The year of Security Culture


The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has designated 2021 as the International Year of Security Culture. Security culture is a set of norms, beliefs, values, attitudes, and assumptions that are inherent in the daily operation of an organization and are reflected by the actions and behaviors of all entities and personnel within the organization. Security should be everyone's responsibility - from the ground up.

Effective security culture is about:

  • Recognizing that effective security is critical to business success.
  • Establishing an appreciation of positive security practices among employees.
  • Aligning security to core business goals.
  • Articulating security as a core value rather than as an obligation or a burdensome expense.

2021 - The year of security culture - poster

The benefits of an effective security culture include:

  • Employees are engaged with, and take responsibility for, security issues.
  • Levels of compliance with protective security measures increase.
  • The risk of security incidents and breaches is reduced by employees thinking and acting in more security-conscious ways.
  • Employees are more likely to identify and report behaviors/activities of concern.
  • Employees feel a greater sense of security.
  • Security is improved without the need for large expenditure.

Further information can be found on the ICAO website. Information about occurrence reporting can be found on the ICETRA website.