Experts Dots On U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny Of Airplane Cybersecurity

It has been reported that concerns that planes could be targeted in cyberattacks are prompting U.S. officials to re-energize efforts to identify airliners’ vulnerability to hacking. The revived program, led by the Department of Homeland Security and involving the Pentagon and Transportation Department, aims to identify cybersecurity risks in aviation and improve U.S. cyber resilience in a critical area of public infrastructure, a DHS official said. DHS is offering few details on the program but says it will involve some limited testing of actual aircraft.


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Adam Laub, CMO,  STEALTHbits Technologies
October 02, 2019
Mega-corporations with significant cyber security budgets struggle to address these threats effectively.
This legislation is not only warranted, but practically a requirement if our institutions are to have a fighting chance against these types of cyber attacks. Mega-corporations with significant cyber security budgets struggle to address these threats effectively. How could a school or local municipality even begin to do what’s needed without this kind of assistance and guidance? They simply don ....
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Jonathan Knudsen, Senior Security Strategist ,  Synopsys
October 02, 2019
To effect real and lasting change in critical infrastructure cybersecurity.
Improving the cybersecurity of aviation and, indeed, all areas of critical infrastructure, is an admirable goal. However, a stopgap, after the fact effort to evaluate security will provide only temporary benefits. To effect real and lasting change in critical infrastructure cybersecurity, the organisations that create the software products that are used in critical infrastructure must themselves b ....
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Tim Erlin, VP of Product Management and Strategy ,  Tripwire
October 02, 2019
Aviation, like many industrial environments, is generally slower to change technology than your average commercial enterprise.
It’s important to understand that aviation cybersecurity isn’t just about the planes themselves. Each airline, airport and all the interconnected systems that support air travel are part of the overall attack surface for aviation. The idea that an attacker could remotely control a plane makes a good headline, but there are much more likely compromises affecting supporting systems. Aviation ....
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Andrea Carcano, Co-founder and CPO,  Nozomi Networks
October 01, 2019
Manufacturers that take aviation cybersecurity seriously and work with hardware vendors.
The threat of cyberattacks against the aviation industry has raised concerns for a long time. Commercial airplanes often do not have the necessary cybersecurity protections in place, which leaves systems increasingly vulnerable to attack. The airline industry needs to pay closer attention to the risk of cyberattacks to their systems. This revived program led by the Department of Homeland Securit ....
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