Position Paper of the ASD Civil Aviation Cybersecurity Task Force

  • April 21, 2017

April 2017 - Civil aviation is the safest transport mode in the world, and probably also the most interconnected system of information and communication technology. Cyber-attacks are increasing in quantity and in quality and the consequences of a successful malicious cyber-attack on civil aviation operations could be severe. Points of attack span the entire industry chain and include the design, manufacturing, operation and maintenance processes of any aviation product. New technologies, extension of connectivity, use of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solutions and their ever-quicker integration in the aviation industry, for example in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM), increase the risk and impact of threats to these critical assets, whilst attackers become more numerous, adaptive and far-reaching. 

Maintaining the high levels of security in civil aviation therefore urgently requires that an effective comprehensive framework addressing all aspects of the aviation system be developed. All actors should work based on a collaborative, risk-based model through a strong framework to address direct threats and at the same time increase the system’s resilience against future attacks.

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