Airlines reputation at stake
A major cyber security concern for airlines is the company reputation. Nobody wants to have their brand associated with hacking. In fact, a large majority of cyber-attacks do not intend to compromise critical avionic systems or gain control over the aircraft. The more likely scenario is to have In-Flight Entertainment systems (IFE) or on-board Wi-Fi connectivity taken over by attackers.
For the airline industry, cyber security risk is a major concern. Things in the aviation industry are changing faster than ever before, and companies need to follow the trend to stay competitive. This evolution should be considered foremost as an opportunity. In order to succeed, it is essential to involve aviation cyber security experts.
Elements vulnerable to attacks
- In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity systems
- Cabin crew devices
- e-Enabled ground and onboard systems
- Electronic Flight Bags
- Air traffic management systems
- Cargo handling and shipping
- Legacy systems and data links
Aviation industry needs aviation security experts
"Incidents involving non-critical systems such as the IFE or In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) might end up in media with shocking headlines. Even a breach like this will seriously damage the company image and financial performance. In aviation, trust is everything".
Head of Aviation Cyber Security Services, F-Secure
"Our hardware security team has more than a decade of experience in safety and security convergence. Building on a vast number of aviation security assessments, ranging from the smallest avionics component to entire aircraft programs, we are honored to be considered among the few industry leaders in avionics security, helping aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers to ensure that all safety critical systems are protected from any hardware or software security issue."
Head of Hardware Security, F-Secure
Legacy aircraft system updates increase the attack surface
Airplanes are not isolated elements. The aviation sector is increasingly dependent upon software-driven systems, internet connectivity and trustworthy digital data. The modern e-Enabled aircraft utilize IP-based communications and real-time connectivity with the airline and air traffic control. Aside from the numerous benefits, connectivity creates exposure to cyber threats.
Legacy aircraft used to be more obscure to the cyber criminals by using aviation specific technologies and keeping the most critical systems isolated. However, constant and mandatory upgrades expose legacy systems to a wide range of new threats. Adopting new technologies in legacy aircraft is necessary to match the market requirements and to keep up with the natural evolution of the industry.
Can regulations keep us safe?
Our close co-operation with international aviation agencies helps develop the industry's guidelines, standards and regulations. Regulations are an important starting point for cyber security, but cyber attackers move faster than regulators do. Being compliant will not prevent companies from being breached.
Relentlessly proactive approach to cyber security is essential
Aviation cyber security services
Security assessments of avionic systems, ground systems and data links
Aviation cyber security trainings for IT managers, cabin and cockpit crews