Cyber Resilience in the Aviation Industry

The Challenge

The proliferation and advancement of interconnected devices have created unprecedented opportunities to enhance operational efficiency and customer experience in aviation. In 2020, while the world is focused on the systemic threat posed by Covid-19, cybercriminals capitalize on the crisis by launching a different kind of “virus” to disrupt the operations of the most vital functions. Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure such as airports and related facilities could generate devastating cascading effects resulting in loss of life, economic loss and industrial disruption, among other severe consequences. The aviation industry must take new approaches to cybersecurity and adapt its resilience and readiness to maintain continued growth and the highest possible safety standards.

The Opportunity

Cyber resilience in the Aviation Industry initiative aims to strengthen cyber resilience across the industry by developing a trusted network of collaboration with a multi-stakeholder community to accelerate the adoption of best practices ecosystem wide.

Outcomes and Deliverables

The project seeks to:

·      Promote a strong cybersecurity culture across the aviation industry by defining and piloting cyber-resilience principles in alignment with the World Economic Forum Advancing Cyber Resilience: Principles and Tools for Boards

·      Help accelerate the adoption of a baseline approach across the industry and civil aviation authorities by piloting a risk management framework and streamline risk assessment practices. This will also allow the industry to increase the situation awareness of its cyber resilience posture.

·      Support global synchronization of cybersecurity efforts and initiatives in the aviation industry by fostering cooperation between the ICAO, industry and national regulatory bodies. 

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