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Report: aviation industry playing catch up on cybersecurity

Like most critical infrastructure, the aviation industry has become increasingly connected in the digital space, reliant on a constellation of computer systems, parts and stakeholders to provide services to millions of people each day.

However, few other sectors have a higher profile or a thinner margin for error and a new report from the Atlantic Council argues that these highly complex, “flying data centers” are increasingly at risk for technical problems or cyberattacks that can lead to accidents and loss of life.

The aviation industry still has to figure out how to incorporate cybersecurity into governance accountability frameworks for flight safety, security and enterprise IT, according to the report. Supply chain risk management also presents multiple challenges.

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Bolen: General Aviation Industry Healthier, Though Challenges Remain

The general aviation industry is on the upswing, shedding the doldrums from the Great Recession in 2008, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Dec. 6 at the Wichita (KS) Aero Club?s Annual On-Air Summit.

Sales of new and pre-owned business turbine aircraft are up, he added. ?We?re seeing improvements in the industry.?

Appearing with fellow panelists Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Jack Pelton, president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association; Paula Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association and Tom Haines, senior vice president, media and outreach for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Bolen and his fellow panelists noted the improved industry climate, while reminding attendees that challenges remain.

AviationPros.com