Aviation industry calls for unified cybersecurity practices

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The World Economic Forum collaborates with leaders from 50 organizations, including ICAO, EASA, IATA, ACI, Eurocontrol, to examine how the industry can prepare for future crises.

The aviation industry must unify its approach to prevent the impacts of cybersecurity, according to a new study published today by the World Economic Forum. The increased level of interdependencies can lead to systemic risks and cascading effects, as airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturing take different approaches to counter cyber risks.

To guard against these risks and create a streamlined approach with civil aviation authorities, the World Economic Forum has launched the Cyber ​​Resilience in Aviation initiative in collaboration with more than 50 companies.

The latest report, Pathways to a Cyber ​​Resilient Aviation Industry, developed in collaboration with Deloitte, describes how the industry, from airlines to airports, manufacturing to the supply chain, can work with a common language and line of business. base of practices. The report focuses on mitigating the impact of future digital threats at multiple levels:

International:

Align regulations globally

Establish a cyber resilience baseline across the supply and value chain

Design of an impartial evaluation and benchmarking framework

· Develop international standards for information exchange

National:

Enable reconversion

Reward more open communication about aviation incidents

Organizational:

Integrate cyber resilience into business resilience practices

Ensure risk assessment and prioritization

Improved collaboration

“The aviation industry has developed a strong record of security, resilience and security practices for physical threats and must integrate cyber risks into this culture of security and resilience,” said Georges De Moura, Head of Industrial Solutions, Center for Cybersecurity , World economy. Forum. “A common understanding and approach to existing and emerging threats will enable government and industry players to adopt a risk-based cybersecurity approach to ensure a safe and resilient aviation ecosystem.”

“The World Economic Forum’s work on aviation cyber resilience complements these ICAO-led global efforts and is another excellent example of the importance of broad-based international collaboration between public and private stakeholders,” said Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“Taking a collaborative cyber resilience stance and building trust between cross-sector organizations, national and supranational authorities is the logical but challenging next step,” said Chris Verdonck, Partner at Deloitte, Belgium. “However, if the effort is not collective, the cyber risks will persist for all. Further consolidating a broad and inclusive community and developing and implementing a security baseline is key to adapting to today’s digital reality. ”

The Cyber ​​Resilience in Aviation initiative has enabled organizations to create plans as a community to protect themselves against current and future risks. It brings together more than 80 experts from more than 50 organizations from global aviation and technology companies, international organizations, trade associations, and national government agencies. The main contributors include ICAO, NCSC, EASA, IATA, ACI, Eurocontrol and UK CAA.

The recommendations and principles developed by the community have been published in a set of reports, allowing companies around the world to learn from their knowledge and develop their own policies to ensure cybersecurity in aviation.