What’s the matter?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on a revived program that aims at protecting the electronic systems of new and old airliners from cyberattacks.
The big picture
The revived program, led by the Department of Homeland Security and involving the Pentagon and Transportation Department, aims at identifying cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in aircraft and improve cyber resilience in a critical area of public infrastructure.
“There are many risks in aviation beyond looking at the aircraft. It’s very important to be looking at the whole ecosystem and identifying key points where a digital system, if it were to malfunction, could cause a bad day for a lot of people.” Jeffrey Troy, President of the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center, said.
The program has been restarted in response to the growing threat of cyberattacks on critical national infrastructures including power grids and commercial aviation which are used by the military.
The program’s manager, Rob Hickey said that he hopes the DHS resumes the testing protocol that his team developed “for the good of all—especially the flying public.”