Flying is by far the safest way to travel thanks to aviation safety standards being extremely high using advanced technologies and communications systems to operate. Aviation systems also embrace one of the highest levels of interconnected digital systems in use. But with this rapid advancement in connectivity comes a new and concerning threat: Hacktivism and cybercrime hence the significance of robust Cybersecurity in aviation. A key driver in aviation is in protecting their IT networks and infrastructure to prevent cyber-attacks which may result in devastating consequences from the safety of life to reputational branding damage leading to huge economic impacts on all aviation sectors.
Cybersecurity in aviation
Cybersecurity in aviation is about how cybersecurity affects every aspect of aviation, including commercial air traffic, unmanned air systems, air traffic control, and aeronautics. Renful’s course on aviation security covers the threats to aviation security as well as the mitigations. Students are taught how to incorporate best practices, regulations, and recommendations in aviation cybersecurity into an operational plan for protecting aviation systems.
Technology and cyber systems have become critical, being a component of many activities dependent on information technology. Along with the benefit of cyber technologies, insecurities arise, affecting all systems and infrastructures. Airports have suffered ransomware attacks, in which hackers stole building plans and sensitive security protocols, conducted DDoS attacks, and even produced data leaks at boarding gate displays. Over the years, the aviation industry has had a solid history of safety, resilience, and security practices that can withstand terrorist attacks, physical security threats, and extreme climate events. Businesses and governments have had difficulty keeping up with the pace and preparing for future challenges.
Cyber threats and cyber-attacks have a transnational component and effect, as worldwide systems are interconnected. Moreover, the complexity of the action has implications at national, regional, and international levels.
Renful has designed a three-phase cyber enhancement, a package comprising 1) posture assessment, 2) training and 3) support, as a part of the training for cybersecurity in aviation.
The aviation industry is making a great leap forward in terms of digitalisation. This revolution brings significant benefits helping tackle some of the main challenges the industry currently faces (efficient flight planning, reduced emissions/fuel consumption, delays, training, or safety).
In addition to considering the related challenges of the aviation industry, two measures can help airline companies better prepare, such as the following:
- building a security culture
This involves addressing cybersecurity risks across the airline, including back-office IT, maintenance, operations, consumer-facing systems, management, and the board.
- leveraging tools that strengthen cybersecurity capabilities
Related areas include threat intelligence sources, identity and access management, data protection and encryption, design and application security, and security awareness.
Why is Cyber Security for Aviation, the Right Choice for Your Company?
To improve cybersecurity in aviation and create a streamlined approach with civil aviation authorities, Renful Premier Technologies developed an aviation security course that provides information on legislation and strategies for addressing today’s security challenges.
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