Aviation Cyber Security

Today’s Aviation sector relies on a technology backed world. Maintaining safe, secure, and resilient operations is your focus and our number one priority when assisting Aviation organizations. 

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Key Threats Affecting the Aviation Cyber Security

The interconnectivity of digital systems has become an intrinsic part of Aviation operations, with continued activity relying on information technology systems. As these systems have advanced, so too has the threat of cyber-attacks, putting Aviation’s most critical operations at risk.

With access to some of the most critical infrastructure and customer data out of any industry, attackers have identified the Aviation sector as a high-value target, in which the following types of threat are prevalent.

530%

Cyber-attacks are up from 2019 to 2020 in reported incidents across the aviation industry.

95%

Cyber-attacks were financially motivated. This led to financial loss in 55% of cases and the leaking or theft of personal data in an additional 34% of cases.

$100.51                          billion

$100.51 billion                  

The aviation and defense cyber security market is expected to grow to $100.51 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 11.5%.

CHallenges in Cybersecurity of AVIATION Industry

Data Breaches

With tens of thousands of people handling critical information every day in the Aviation sector, there is a high likelihood of a data breach. From passengers’ passport information to cloud-based systems that store critical flight data on routes, flight weight and optimal fuel information; there are a multitude of ways that cyber criminals could utilize such critical data to jeopardize the safety and security of Aviation operations and the people involved in them. 

Continuously Changing Regulations

The sustainable culture of safety adopted by the Aviation industry has meant that there are continuous changes and enhancements for Aviation regulations, making it challenging for organizations to keep up with such standards. 

With airlines, airports, governments, international agencies, and independent Aviation stakeholders all striving to enhance their Aviation security capabilities, operational efficiency is at the heart of the matter. It will in turn depend heavily on the ability of these organizations to implement a strong and consistent cyber security strategy that meets local and international regulations.

Ransomware Attacks

A ransomware attack has the power to not only halt local airport operations but to disrupt international travel, costing millions for every minute of a delay. Data from the FAA indicates that delayed flights in 2019 cost the industry an average of $33 billion, with airlines, passengers, airports and associated third party providers all sharing the impact.

YOUR AVIATION CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY

The multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary nature of Aviation cyber security means that it is critical to develop a common vision for defining a global cyber security strategy. Aligning with local and international Aviation security and management provisions, your cyber security strategy should evolve around the following components – 

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CAA ASSURE CYBER AUDITS

Released in 2020 by the Civil Aviation Authority, CAA Assure is a third-party cyber security audit scheme that has been developed in partnership with CREST to provide rigorous and continuous audits to organizations in the Aviation sector.

As a regulatory responsibility, Aviation organisations must ensure they meet the oversight responsibilities that fall under CAP 1753 – ‘The Cybersecurity Oversight Process for Aviation’. This is a six-step approach to ensuring cyber security oversight for Aviation organisations operating within the United Kingdom.

These six steps include:

Released in 2020 by the Civil Aviation Authority, CAA Assure is a third-party cyber security audit scheme that has been developed in partnership with CREST to provide rigorous and continuous audits to organizations in the Aviation sector. 

As a regulatory responsibility, Aviation organisations must ensure they meet the oversight responsibilities that fall under CAP 1753 – ‘The Cybersecurity Oversight Process for Aviation’. This is a six-step approach to ensuring cyber security oversight for Aviation organizations operating within the United States. 

INDUSTRIES SERVED

How are Dionach positioned to help Aviation Organizations?

Dionach’s cyber security experts have a solid history of working with Civil Aviation and other transport sectors, delivering safe audits of critical Operational Technology (OT) and Process Control Networks (PCNs). As a trusted cyber security partner for Aviation organizations, our long standing 20-year background, combined with our in-house innovation and research team enable us to stay on top of the latest cyber security threats to Aviation and empower organizations to meet the rigorous requirements demanded by today’s complex technological infrastructures.

 

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CAA ASSURE CYBER AUDITS

CAA Assure

As one of only a small number of UK ASSURE accredited providers, Dionach have shown specialist knowledge in the areas of Cyber Audit & Risk Management, Technical Cyber Security Expert and ICS/OT Expert and are ideally placed to provide Aviation cyber security services.
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PCI QSA

Dionach have been deemed by the PCI Security Standards Council to meet specific information security education requirements and have taken the appropriate training from the PCI Security Standards Council to be able to effectively perform PCI compliance assessments.
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ISO 27001

Upholding the same rigorous standards we deploy to our clients, Dionach are ISO 27001 certified, reflecting our dedication to upholding the highest Information Security Management standards in accordance with the latest regulations and recommendations.
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CREST

Dionach are certified by CREST for Vulnerability Assessments, Intelligence Led Penetration Testing (STAR), Cyber Security Incident Response (CSIR), and Penetration Testing. Our CREST qualified consultants include CREST Practitioner Security Analysts, CREST Registered Penetration Testers, CREST Certified Infrastructure Testers and CREST Certified Web Application Testers.
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CHECK

Dionach are a NCSC CHECK Green Light provider of manual Penetration Testing services. We are experienced in identifying security weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the target systems and producing a comprehensive and detailed report in line with NCSC’s requirements, outlining the issues identified and practical recommendations on how to resolve them.

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