2021 witnessing the start of cybersecurity onboard

Readers of the Aerospace Cybersecurity Market Intelligence report, Edition 2020, may recall one of our forecast indicating that the cybersecurity will be more and more present inside the aircraft.

One of the expected trends is the development of onboard security enabling secure communications within the aircraft. To date, the cybersecurity of inflight systems (such as aircraft IFE or IFC) was directly taken care of by legacy equipment providers. With the development of cyberthreats, airlines are foreseen to consider third party cybersecurity suppliers to protect aircraft communication. The installation of dedicated cybersecurity equipment has already been witnessed in business and military aviation.

This forecast was built based on a set of interviews with airlines from regional players to major international players. Recent patent publications from aircraft manufacturers seems to validate this forecast. In particular, we decided to take a detailed look at the last Boeing’s patent filled in June 2019 and which has just been published in December 2020. In this patent, Boeing describes a method for obfuscating the network mapping of the aircraft to passengers through the use of a dedicated network module. This methods presents to the passenger an artificial and dynamic network mapping and is particularly useful to impede any network reconnaissance from a ill-intended passenger.

Our next quarterly digest, to be published at the end of Q1, will provide a complete review of all the relevant patents on aircraft cybersecurity.

Find an excerpt below. Stay connected.

Aerospace Cybersecurity timeline

Did you miss our presentation during the Aircraft Commerce conference ? 2020 was definitively a busy year from the defense and the attack side.

Find out our 2020 timeline for the first 3 quarters of 2020. It seems that Q4 was even more busy with the publicly revealed cyberattacks on: Falcon, IndiGo, Embraer, Leonardo or Kopter…

Find the details of all attacks publicly revealed in Q4 in our last Quarterly Digest.

Quarterly Digest for Q4 is out !

In this quarterly digest, we make a retrospective of the year 2020 which was definitively a busy year when considering the number of attacks on aerospace stakeholders 🏃‍♀️

In particular, during this last quarter, a significant number of attacks on aerospace stakeholders have been made publicly available. You will find 5 pages of noticeable facts within this digest.

Also we wanted to share our experience on a vulnerability disclosure process which we have followed and which didn’t prove convincing so far. However we hope that things will improve soon…👍

Here is the agenda for the digest:

I.Retrospective of the year 2020

  • Evolution of the cyberthreat level
  • Evolution of the information sharing landscape
  • Evolution of embedded security

II.Threat Intelligence

  • Noticeable facts of Q4 2020 (1/5)
  • Noticeable facts of Q4 2020 (2/5)
  • Noticeable facts of Q4 2020 (3/5)
  • Noticeable facts of Q4 2020 (4/5)
  • Noticeable facts of Q4 2020 (5/5)

III.Food for thoughts

  • Feedback on a vulnerability disclosure process

If you missed CyberInflight’s presentation during the Aircraft Commerce Virtual Conference in Nov. 2020, the presentation slides are included as part of this digest.