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Aviation Sector Resolves To Protect Industry From Cyber Threats

Cyber security is now well and truly a priority for the aviation sector, with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopting an action-oriented cyber security resolution at its 40th Triennial Assembly earlier this month.

The resolution recognises the need for a coordinated and coherent international framework and calls on the sector to adopt cyber security management systems to protect critical aviation systems from cyber threats, to develop a cyber security culture, and to promote the development and implementation of international standards and best practices in order to protect data and systems from interference.

In its submission to the ICAO, Airports Council International (ACI) stressed that while the aviation industry has decades worth of safety and security experience under its belt, cyber threats are a new and volatile challenge that require a disciplined approach and a strong information security culture to address. It highlighted that “[c]ybersecurity threats have become real risks for the aviation sector and these risks are expected to increase in number and impact for the foreseeable future.”

The ICAO has instructed ICAO’s Secretary General to develop an action plan to support the sector to adopt ICAO’s Cybersecurity Strategy and ensure that cyber security is front of mind, so we can expect more from them about cyber security in future. 

Co-authored by Karla Hodgson

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Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...