Aviation, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure

The federal government has deemed 16 sectors as critical infrastructure. They are transportation, water, energy, information, healthcare, government facilities, food, financial, nuclear, emergency services, defense, dams, manufacturing, chemical, commercial and communications. Each in its own way is important and together we depend on them all for our societal needs.

The general populace doesn’t often think of dams or emergency services, but at some level we all utilize our transportation systems. Lately, the headlines have given us much to think about with regard to public transport and safety. the train derailment outside Philadelphia, still under investigation, certainly has many commuters concerned…as well we should be. Millions travel by some sort of rail each day to commute, on holiday, or to visit friends and relatives.

Another subsector of the transportation system is aviation. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and approximately 450 commercial airports and 19,000 additional airports, heliports, and landing strips. This mode includes civil and joint use military airports, heliports, short takeoff and landing ports, and seaplane bases”. What is concerning many in the cyber community is what hasn’t happened in the aviation sector….yet.

Read the full piece on the National Cybersecurity Institute blog.

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