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Optimizing Cybersecurity on Today’s Connected Military and Commercial Aircraft

October 29, 2020 | BY: Paul Hart

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Trusted Computing: The COTS Perspective Series

The number of data communication links and interactions between an aircraft and the ground systems supporting it are ever increasing. If not properly protected, every system, sensor, and module on the aircraft can create a potential vulnerability that can be exploited by unauthorized users to obtain confidential, sensitive data or – worse – disrupt the safe operation of an aircraft.

Implementing the right security strategy and features is of paramount importance to protect the exchange of tactical information, maintain the integrity of command and control links between ground stations and airborne platforms, and minimize the number of different points where an unauthorized user can either input or extract data (also known as the “attack surface”).

In this white paper, we explore the increased opportunities for malicious threats to compromise the connectivity between airborne platforms and ground stations, as well as the solutions, tools, standards, and countermeasures developed to enhance avionics systems’ cybersecurity and data protection.

Download our white paper “Optimizing Cybersecurity on Today’s Connected Military and Commercial Aircraft”, to read about:

  • Protecting Data-at-Rest and Data-in-Motion
  • Advances in Air Traffic Control
  • Addressing Airworthiness Security with RTCA DO-326A
Paul Hart

Author’s Biography

Paul Hart

Chief Technology Officer

Paul Hart joined Curtiss-Wright in 1982 as a graduate engineer and has worked for 18 years in the flight recorder business. Paul also worked for Thales for 2.5 years in helicopter flight management and was responsible for the mission systems group at Cobham Aviation Services for 7 years. In 2011 Paul re-joined Curtiss-Wright as the Director of Avionics Engineering and transitioned to the Avionics CTO.

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