Baking in cybersecurity for air taxis

November 1, 2022

By now, it should be obvious that no sector of society is immune to cyberattacks. And yet, the legions of companies that are planning the electric air taxi revolution spend far more time showing off their cabin designs and flight ranges than bragging about their cybersecurity plans. Architects of these aircraft and the traffic management system must plan now for cybersecurity, say three authors from the Institute for Public Research, part of the nonprofit CNA Corporation based in Virginia.

Why the Viasat hack still echoes

By Andrea Valentino

November 1, 2022

Satcom companies, perhaps for good reason, rely on a complex web of suppliers and subcontractors to deliver us our internet connections and television programming. That can make it hard to enforce sound cyber practices across an entire network. And when an attack does occur, it can take months or longer to determine how it unfolded. Can anything be done? Andrea Valentino went looking for answers.

Airborne connectivity doesn’t need to come with cybersecurity baggage

September 1, 2022

The growing digital interconnectedness between aircraft networks is making operations more efficient for airlines and providing conveniences for the traveling public. But now, bad actors are threatening to turn this happy revolution against us. Josh Lospinoso puts on his hacker hat to point us to tactics for better cybersecurity in the air.

Meet the Pentagon’s software modernization evangelist

By Jan Tegler

June 1, 2021

The U.S. Defense Department’s process for updating weapon software is notoriously ponderous, and this threatens to put the country at a disadvantage, if it hasn’t already. What if updates could be developed and dispatched almost continuously to all forces, perhaps even to aircraft in flight? Jan Tegler interviewed the man who wants to make it a reality.

Protecting ISS

By Sarah Wells

October 1, 2020

NASA’s cybersecurity track record has been a troubled one, but as far as the public record shows, the troubles have not reached the International Space Station. What should NASA do to keep it that way? Sarah Wells spoke to cybersecurity experts to find out.

Cyber focus: Space

By Debra Werner

August 23, 2020

The GPS constellation, communications satellites, the rockets that launch them, and the ranges and networks that control them have something in common. Under U.S. cybersecurity policy, they do not amount to a specific sector of critical infrastructure. The Trump administration may change this. Debra Werner finds out why.

Hackers as allies

By Debra Werner

June 1, 2020

The aviation industry once treated all hackers as threats, even those who sought a bit of fame but not necessarily fortune by publicly demonstrating vulnerabilities without causing damage. Debra Werner says the industry’s view of these hackers is changing.