Cybersecurity and the commercial aircraft: Developing a robust strategy to tackle the growing threats

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A cyberattack can happen to anyone, anytime.

Over the past two years, there has been an increasing number of cybersecurity incidents reported in the aviation industry. To give an indication of the magnitude of the challenge, recent research has shown that aviation systems are subject to an average of 1,000 attacks each month (*).

With the introduction of new generation e-enabled aircraft, whose systems are linked to ground stations in real time, airlines are facing a growing challenge of securing the information they rely upon. One example would be the difficulty in protecting an increasing quantity of software that could jump to as high as 500 units. Those 500 applications of software are not loaded to just 500 locations; they are being loaded onto 800 to 900 locations, or even more.


Capt. Rubén Morales, Hong Kong Airlines

When it comes to protecting flight-critical software from hackers, it is important to have a view of aircraft operations in their entirety, recognising all the potential outside hazards. We need a robust cybersecurity strategy.

To offer a perspective on how airlines can develop comprehensive cybersecurity protection for their aircraft, we’re delighted that Capt. Rubén Morales, General Manager, Corporate Safety, Hong Kong Airlines will be joining us at Aviation Festival Asia 2017 in February.

A captain himself and an active member of IATA’s Accident Classification Task Force (ACTF), Ruben has a truly international background in aviation and safety. He will join us at the Aviation Festival Asia 2017 with a presentation on cybersecurity for commercial aircraft, followed by a panel discussion on other cyber threats and combat strategies. Here’s a preview of his session:

Protecting yourself: Developing a robust cyber security strategy

  • Developing a robust cyber security plan to protect your data and operations  
  • Analysing the threats: Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), ACARS/datalink communications and aircraft loadable software. What are the possible consequences?  
  • This is not a drill! How to prevent data corruption during synchronisation? How do you know when you’re under attack and how can you combat it?  
  • How to safely navigate the dangers without slowing down your business.

Ruben will also be joining our cyber security disruption panel, offering you more opportunity to hear what he has to say.

Panel: Cyber security disruption: Are you ready?

  • Airlines and airports around the globe are rushing to prepare for hostile cyber threats that can severely damage operations and generate high costs. Preparation is the key.
  • So how are we getting ready for inevitable cyber emergencies? Do the security management rules of yesteryears still hold good or are we seeing a disruption? Maybe, maybe not!

Check out our website here for more information.

If you find yourself passionate about this subject, contact me on to see how you can get involved.

About Aviation Festival Asia
Now entering its 13th year, Aviation Festival Asia is one of the largest and most well-established commercial aviation shows for airline and airport executives from both the Asia Pacific region and across the world. In 2017, we are expecting to welcome over 2,000 attendees to the event, with over 900 airline executives across 7 premium conference tracks covering full service and low cost airline strategy & business models, passenger experience, marketing, IT systems, retail, human capital and more. Book your ticket now

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