Leading aviation bodies have warned about the threat of cybercrime in aviation and in particular in relation to aircraft, which have an increasing reliance on computer technology.
“The airline industry relies on computer systems extensively in their ground and flight operations. Some systems are directly relevant to the safety of aircraft in flight, others are operationally important, and many directly impact the service, reputation and financial health of the industry,” read an IATA statement.
Together with ICAO, IATA has signed an agreement, formalising its intent to work against cybercrime.
“Our common goal in developing this agreement is to work more effectively together to establish and promote a robust cyber security culture and strategy for the benefit of all actors in our industry,” said Raymond Benjamin, ICAO’s secretary general.
IATA has created a three-tier strategy to protect against cybercrime including determining the threats and creating regulation.
“Many airlines and airports have robust systems in place to address common hacking threats, but have not taken a holistic view to all of their IT infrastructure nor considered the broader threat to the aviation system,” IATA added.
In October IATA published a toolkit to help airlines protect against cyber attacks.