There are a number of risks that can endanger airline passengers and crew members, and one of the most prominent threats today relates to cyber attacks. From individuals onboard flights to those milling about airports, aviation security professionals are prioritizing cybersecurity efforts in order to keep everyone safe. 



From accessing private information to seizing control of airport functions or even internal aircraft operations, hackers pose a significant threat to the safety of passengers and professionals in the aviation field. When aviation systems are hacked, a lack of information or command of aircrafts can cause premature landings or even crashes. Hackers who access aviation technology or software are also able to spread false information that can cause chaos, panic, or disaster.


Airport Functionality

Cyber attacks also target airports. From disabling communications, disrupting displays, and generally hindering the functionality of airports, cyber attacks can delay flights, expose information, and induce panic. In an airport, everyone is at risk, including passengers (especially those connected to public Wi-Fi) and businesses. Securing airport operations and putting in place effective cybersecurity measures should be a top priority for aviation officials so that smooth operations and procedures can be maintained.

Though often overlooked, the mechanisms of an airport are also susceptible to cyber attacks. From HVAC systems to concession spaces, cyber attacks that target these areas can cause safety issues when it comes to temperature and climate regulation as well as accessibility to exits, as many doors in airports are powered by electricity.


Data Breaches

From major corporations to healthcare companies, everyone is at risk of a data breach. When a cyber attack disables security systems and allows external parties to access private information, companies stand to lose money, trust, and power. Because so many individuals from around the world utilize the aviation industry for transportation, millions of individuals’ private information is contained within passenger accounts. Accessing this data can expose passengers to credit card or identity theft as well as other forms of fraud or even blackmail. In any case, data breaches are a major concern for aviation professionals.


Among threats such as drones and lasers, cybersecurity is a major concern for those in the field of aviation security. Because hackers have caused notable problems in the past, aviation security officials have begun to prioritize the development and implementation of advanced cybersecurity measures.

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