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[Avionics Today 07-13-2015] With interest in aviation cyber security rising over the last decade, and especially within the last few years, a new report by Visiongain finds the value of the global aviation cyber security market will reach $1.8 billion in 2015.
According to the report, the preceding few years have witnessed an extensive array of government cyber security policy documents, expert conferences, and the full-scale reorganization of national agencies to counter the unique threats posed by hostile actions in cyber space. This has been paralleled and reinforced by the growing spread of offensive cyber capabilities at state level. Offensive cyber capabilities have the advantage of being low cost, covert, and essentially non-attributable; this makes them appealing prospects for states interested in destabilizing their opponents, the report indicates.
The report sees that cyber threats, whether operated by nation-states or unaligned individuals, are now a clear and present danger to national security and critical infrastructure. As a key part of international trade, tourism and investment crucial to the global economy, the aviation sector uses one of the most complex and integrated information and computer technologies in the world, and is a potential target for large-scale cyber attacks. Disruption of this sector would invariably have a profound effect on the global economy and more widespread social ramifications, making it crucial that aviation's critical infrastructure be secured and maintained.