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Securing the skies: Cybersecurity in aviation

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 23, 2016.

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    It’s no secret that the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) introduces a host of new cybersecurity challenges and vulnerabilities. A recent report from AT&T surveyed the data risks – and the physical threats – that compromised IoT systems could pose. Few of those risk scenarios are more frightening than that of a hacker taking over the controls of an in-flight plane.

    That scenario seemed to be playing out just over a year ago, in April 2015, when a passenger onboard a flight tweeted that he had tapped into the plane’s operational systems by hacking the in-flight entertainment system. A subsequent FBI investigation found that the hacker claimed to have made a plane climb and move sideways on an earlier flight. Many experts soon disputed these claims, but they were enough to shine a spotlight on the growing dependency of modern aircraft on digital controls and multiple networks.

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