The aviation industry is highly vulnerable to cyberattacks as it deals with vast amounts of personal data of passengers on daily basis. The implementation of digital technology by manufacturers, airlines, and airport operators has delivered operational efficiency, however, it also increased exposure to cyberattacks.
A data breach can pose large-scale financial and reputation risks for companies in the aviation industry, making cybersecurity an essential tool to address digital risks.
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Cybersecurity threats in the aviation industry
The interdependent and interconnected nature of systems and processes in the aviation industry makes it easier for hackers to penetrate. It is subsequently important to protect digital data, networks, websites, portals and computers from digital attacks.
Data breaches, malware, phishing attacks, and ransomware are some of the threats that can cause serious damage to operations and systems, resulting in significant losses to companies.
Phishing attacks can compromise passenger data, including names, login details, payment card details, and travel accommodation details, among other confidential information. Attackers can launch cyberattacks to access and steal company data.
A distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) involves the use of several machines to bombard websites with heavy traffic, disrupting the websites of airports and airlines and affecting operations.
Ransomware attacks can disrupt flight schedules, grounding flights and leaving passengers stranded at airports.
Interfaces such as flight management systems, cockpit instruments, and avionics networks can also be targeted due to the important role played by them in aircraft functions such as navigation and operation.
Importance of cybersecurity in the aviation industry
Cybersecurity is one of the topmost technology priorities of airport operators, airlines, manufacturers, and other companies in the aviation industry.
Technology is also key to the supply chain as potential weaknesses in the supply chain can open the door for attackers to access the system and cause large-scale disruption.
Bolstering the cybersecurity of the stakeholders in the aviation industry will increase their preparedness to mitigate digital threats and will go a long way in enhancing overall safety and security.