Being a rather recent invention, airlines became an indispensable part of everyday life. Aviation shrank the world, connected people and goods from all over the globe, made possible fire fighting, police and military operations, patient logistics and other services in otherwise unreachable places.

Nowadays, the aviation industry significantly relies on digital systems in both ground and flight operations. Integration of advanced electronics on-board and in air traffic control points helps to prevent the airplanes from human errors, simplifies the routine tasks and enhances the aircraft capabilities and safety. Moreover, the use of personal devices and on-board entertainment systems, especially those connected to Internet, boosts the passenger service. However, digitalization also increases the number of potential entry points into the system and thus the risk of cyber attacks growths.

  • Rising threat

    In recent years, the number of cyber attacks on aircrafts is ever rising all over the world: the security breaches and malware provoked delays in schedules and losses of information in multiple European countries, North America and Asia. Huge impact is made by Social Engineering with various vectors on: pilots, crew and ground people. Additionally, commercial airlines suffer from DDoS attacks on ticket booking services and credit cards credential theft.

  • Attack consequences

    Even not tempering with flights directly, the cyber attacks may significantly disrupt the airline operations. One of the specific vulnerability points is the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) - online ground to aircraft network, which usually transmits the unencrypted information. if compromised, ACARS may send false flight updates, incorrect weather information and other fake messages. Similar cyber errors may cascade to shuffled flight schedules and as a result - to damaged company image and temporary financial losses.

Cyber Circle Offering

Since the best option for preventing damage from cyber attacks means preparing for them in advance, it’s essential to analyse the past and ponder the future of cyber security threats. Cyber Circle combines highly professional cyber security team and constantly developing techniques for fighting cybercrime. Cyber Circle offer pre-emptive measures such as cyber security audits to identify vulnerabilities, data security and cryptography, simulation of cyber-attacks to test both security measures and employee awareness. Cyber Circle shares practical experience and educate personnel to build powerful cyber resilience.

Cyber Circle professionals constantly follow the latest cyber security trends and specifics for different industries. We are keen to share our knowledge and expertise.

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