Comment: Watchdog Urges More Action To Protect Planes From Hackers

According to reports, the agency said the Federal Aviation Administration has not developed a training program for cybersecurity or test airplane computer systems that could be vulnerable to attack. The GAO said that without improvements, “FAA may not be able to ensure sufficient oversight to guard against evolving avionics cybersecurity risks. The GAO recommends that FAA conduct a risk assessment of security of avionics systems and train inspectors to judge security of avionics systems. It said FAA should also enact guidance that includes independent testing of cybersecurity on new airplane designs. The GAO report focused on the vulnerability of systems on planes that automatically transmit data to air traffic controllers, airline maintenance crews and others on the ground. Advanced networks carry data used to track planes, tell pilots about weather ahead, and handle secure communication between pilots and people on the ground.


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Tim Mackey, Principal Security Strategist,  Synopsys CyRC
October 13, 2020
Aircraft, like passenger cars, have seen an increase in computerisation with software controls becoming an integral component of modern flight systems
Aircraft, like passenger cars, have seen an increase in computerisation with software controls becoming an integral component of modern flight systems. As with vehicle systems, aircraft have a long lifespan - meaning that the software used in flight operations, both onboard aircraft and as part of flight activities, will be in used for far longer than that found in consumer situations. Properly ma ....
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