ICYMI - "I’m Convinced That Cyberattacks n Commercial Airlines Will Increase in Number and Malicious Intent. To think Otherwise Would Be Naive" Kent L. Statler, Rockwell Collins
"It's fair to say that cybersecurity is of growing concern within the aviation industry and among the flying public.
Kent L. Statler, Rockwell Collins | AviationWeek.com - June 30, 2016
- "I'm convinced that cyberattacks on commercial airlines will increase in number and malicious intent. To think otherwise would be naive" Kent L. Statler, Rockwell Collins
In the 1995 movie "Apollo 13," an oxygen tank explodes in the spacecraft's Service Module, forcing astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise to initiate a perilous return to Earth. They're cold, sleep deprived and on edge; their lives hang in the balance. In a tense moment, Swigert questions the accuracy of re-entry data from Mission Control. Lovell responds calmly, "Jack, they've got half the Ph.D.s on the planet working on this stuff."
Lovell's meaning is clear. If there's a way to bring us home safely, our team will find it.
Today, that's how I feel about cybersecurity and the commercial aircraft. There are a lot of very smart men and women working long hours to ensure that we continue to fly with confidence. And whenever I fly — and I fly a lot — it's with complete confidence.
A dramatically changed aviation ecosphere
It's fair to say, however, that cybersecurity is of growing concern within the aviation industry and among the flying public.
The connected aircraft — enabled by highly integrated avionics architectures and broadband internet connectivity that can run multiple personal electronic devices at terrestrial speeds — has created concern about potential access points for hackers and terrorists that were previously unavailable with analog systems.