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Michael Huerta: FAA Creates Cyber Committee to Prepare Against Nat’l Airspace Disruption

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Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration has established a cybersecurity streering committee to help prevent disruptions in the national airspace system and manage FAA networks connected to next-generation platforms, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

Aaron Boyd writes Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, told the station the administration has deployed next generation programs such as the Data Communications platform, or Data Comm, to create links between the FAA system, airline operations center and the aircraft’s systems.

“NextGen is a very complex system but at its core what we are doing is supplementing and replacing a radar-based system,” said Huerta.

“We’re doing a lot in that area but a lot of it is through constant surveillance and data sharing but also penetration testing,” he added.

The report added the FAA is working with industry vendors and has put together forums to bring together users and share information.

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