Poland to emphasise cybersecurity in civil aviation

  • Roman Šulc
  • 16.11.2017 07:30

On 8 November, Poland confirmed its participation on a test of a cybersecurity programme designed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to improve computer security in civil aviation. This was announced at the Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation conference in Krakov by the head of Poland's civil aviation authority (ULC), Piotr Samson.

Samson also stated that the innovations will include the establishment of a single point to coordinate all cybersecurity activities for airlines, airports and air traffic, mutual exchange of information between ULC and EASA, and closer cooperation with the national cybersecurity centre. Polish officials also announced the plan to create a Response Team for Computer Security Incidents for the aviation industry. While EASA executive director Patrick Kye mentioned that air travel is currently safe from cyber attacks, computer system failures caused by a deliberate action or technical malfunction have had serious consequences in recent years. Such incidents include the crash of an A400M military aircraft in Spain in 2015 caused by faulty software installation, or the disruption of services at British Heathrow and Gatwick airports due to IT equipment failure in August 2017.

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