Top five sign roadmap to combat cybercrime

11 / 12 / 2014

Five major international aviation organisations have agreed a “common roadmap” to combat attacks from hackers and other cyber criminals.

The group is made up of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA).

They have signed a new cybersecurity agreement formalising their common front against the “hackers, hacktivists, cyber criminals and terrorists now focused on malicious intent ranging from the theft of information and general disruption to potential loss of life”.

ICAO secretary general Raymond Benjamin commented: “Our common goal in developing this agreement is to work more effectively together to establish and promote a robust cybersecurity culture and strategy for the benefit of all actors in our industry.”

To better coordinate their actions and responses, the cyber agreement signatories will now be “more proactive” in sharing critical information such as threat identification, risk assessments and cybersecurity best practices.

They will also encourage more substantial coordination at the state level between their respective government and industry stakeholders on all cybersecurity strategies, policies, and plans.

“As technologies rapidly evolve and become more readily accessible to all, cyber threats cannot be ignored,” Benjamin stressed. “This is an important new area of aviation security concern and our global community will ensure that it is met with a strong level of commitment and response.”


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