Highlights - 2019 CABAA Maintenance Day

4 Nov 2019 12:04 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association turned the spotlight on Cyber Security at its 7th Annual Maintenance Conference held at Top Golf in Naperville, IL.

The CABAA Maintenance Committee led by Bill Madary (right) brought together industry leaders such as Eric Tuyilingire, Sr. Field Service Systems Engineer for Collins Aerospace, to share key information as well as provide a powerful networking opportunity in the business aviation maintenance community.

“We know that we are going to be attacked,” Mr. Tuyilingire shared in his opening statement for the Keynote address. The audience was able to view a “live” feed of millions of cyber-attacks happening every second across the world which were illustrated as flashes of light. The flashes happened at an astonishing rate of frequency and brought the room to an eerie silence.

“Business aviation has begun to adopt much more non-aviation-specific hardware, software, and communications technologies that greatly increase this community's cybersecurity risks,” continued Mr. Tuyilingire.  “Only within the past few decades have we begun to realize the need for cybersecurity beginning with cabin connectivity and now, very recently, needing to understand the implications of increased use of common connectivity throughout the aircraft systems in the cockpit and the cabin. It's a steep learning curve for many traditional business aviation operators to become proficient in cybersecurity."

Mr. Tuyilingire emphasized the many layers of cybersecurity already in place for aviation applications for the cockpit; however, the final layer is truly and literally in the hands of passengers who bring personal electronic devices on the aircraft. Thus, one of the most sought-after capabilities for the cabin (connectivity) has simultaneously become one of the areas creating the most potential vulnerabilities.

The increasing demand for high technology in the back of business aircraft is a critical issue for business aviation not only to keep us competitive in the business travel space, but also to keep us ahead of the threats that come with connectivity.

Aviation Cyber Security Tips:

  • 1)      Be certain to monitor the physical security of the aircraft including access for catering.
  • 2)      Lap tops for maintenance should never be connected to the internet.
  • 3)      Passengers should turn off all devices not in use.
  • 4)      Passengers should not download apps from unknown sources.
  • 5)      Passengers should change their passwords frequently.

For more information check out the NBAA’s podcast on this topic: https://nbaa.org/news/flight-plan/cybersecurity-tips-protecting-data-flying/

Katy Glynn is Director of Sales for Jet Linx Chicago, the Chairman of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s Communications Committee (www.cabaa.com) and a regular contributor to CABAA web content. Contact her at Katy.Glynn@JetLinx.com

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