Aviation vulnerable to cyber attacks: IATA

Faced with cyber security threats, the aviation industry, which has spent over US$ 100 billion on security since 9/11, should share best practices and partner with governments to adapt to new challenges and tackle them, airlines’ body The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

Noting that aviation now relies on computer systems for almost every aspect of the business, leaving it potentially vulnerable to cyber attacks, IATA asked the industry, governments, regulators and manufacturers to work together to share best practices and mitigation strategies. IATA has also called for a partnership between industry, governments and regulators to enhance aviation security by embracing a globally harmonised, risk-based system.

“We need to be ready for this change in thinking. How should regulators treat this new security dimension, and how can airlines tackle cyber security and airline security as a single unit? Our resources are not infinite,” IATA chief Tony Tyler said at a recent global conference on aviation security.

Advocating significant reforms in aviation security culture, the IATA said appropriate training of security specialists was needed by the industry and regulators alike, “while the move from one-size-fits-all to risk-based procedures needs to accelerate.” Asserting that the cost of aviation security needed to be reviewed, with over US$ 100 billion spent by airlines alone since 9/11, the IATA said, “The industry needs to be sure that this money is being well-spent.”

Read the full report here, Times of India


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