AVIATION CYBERSECURITY: FAA Should Fully Implement Key Practices to Strengthen Its Oversight of Avionics Risks
IFA Comment: IFA believes that Authorities Should Address Practices to Strengthen Oversight of Aircraft Critical Systems Risk
GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a 55 page report recommending that the FAA strengthen cybersecurity oversight on airplanes. Below are the Fast Facts, link here to visit the GAO webpage for the Highlights, Recommendations and access to the full 55 page report.
Modern commercial airplanes use avionics systems and networks to share data—for GPS, weather, and communications—with pilots, maintenance crews, other aircraft, and air traffic controllers. Protection from cyberattacks is critical to safety.
Airplane manufacturers have cybersecurity controls in place and there haven’t been reports of successful cyberattacks on commercial airplane IT systems to date. But evolving cyber threats and increasing connectivity between airplanes and other systems could put future flight safety at risk if the FAA doesn’t prioritize oversight.
We recommended that the FAA strengthen cybersecurity oversight for airplanes.