|International aviation organizations unite against cyber threats. Photo: college.usatoday.com
[Avionics Today 12-11-2014] Five international aviation organizations have signed a new cybersecurity agreement to focus their respective actions on cyber threats against the global aviation system. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA), formalized a common front against hackers, hacktivists, cyber criminals and terrorists who pose potential cyber threats ranging from theft of information and general disruption to potential loss of life.
As a result of the agreement, the signatories aim to share more critical information such as threat identification, risk assessments and cybersecurity best practices. They will also be encouraging more substantial coordination at the state level between their respective government and industry stakeholders on all cybersecurity strategies, policies and plans.
“As technologies rapidly evolve and become more readily accessible to all, cyber threats cannot be ignored,” said ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin. “This is an important new area of aviation security concern and our global community will ensure that it is met with a strong level of commitment and response.”