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FAA Panel Drafts Cybersecurity Standards for Commercial Aircraft Operators

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cybersecurityA committee of government and industry officials established by the Federal Aviation Administration has begun to develop standards and safeguards designed to detect, track and isolate data intrusions and other cyber attacks against aviation, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Andy Pasztor writes the panel is scheduled to submit the recommendations for such safeguards to the FAA in August.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in an interview on the sidelines of an international safety conference in Washington that dependence on large networks for data sharing suggests a need to “build many layers” of cyber protection, Pasztor reports.

Jens Hennig, co-chairman of the FAA-created international advisory committee, said the efforts of government and industry experts to draft such cyber protections for various types of aircraft are “actually telling [aviation operators] there is likely to be a hack” in the future, according to the newspaper.

Peter Skaves, chief scientific and technical adviser on cyber issues at FAA, told conference attendees that although the FAA has released approximately 3,000 directives on emergency airworthiness since 2005, the agency has not yet drafted a single mandate on information security, according to the report.

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