Airbus, SITA team on advanced cyber security

Airbus and SITA have launched new Security Operations Centre Services customised for the specific needs of the air transport industry.

These new incident detection services will provide airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders with information about unusual cyber activity that may impact their businesses.

These services have been developed to specifically meet an ever-increasing demand for cyber security in this industry, fast becoming one of its top priorities. Highlighting the importance of proactive cybersecurity, SITA’s Airline IT Trends Survey 2016 shows that 91 per cent of airlines plan to invest in cyber security programmes over the next three years.

By joining forces SITA and Airbus can provide the most advanced cyber security solution for the air transport industry. Almost every airline and airport in the world is a customer of SITA and it delivers solutions for the world’s most extensive communications network. Airbus works with companies, critical national infrastructures, governments and defense organizations to detect, analyse and counter increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Together they will use their expertise to detect cyber activity relevant to airlines and airports. When requested, the joint Security Operations Centre Services will provide appropriate containment and remedial action ensuring that a company’s digital assets are safe from attack.

Barbara Dalibard, chief executive of SITA, said: “As an industry we need to move faster in developing new cyber security solutions that mitigate the risk of ever-changing threats. This requires constant collaboration and innovation. With SITA and Airbus CyberSecurity uniquely placed at the heart of the air transport industry, we can facilitate innovation and information-sharing through services such as the Security Operations Centre Service, providing solutions our customers demand and need.”

François Lavaste, head of Airbus CyberSecurity, said: “Air transport is part of the Airbus DNA, so it was only natural that we joined forces with SITA to adapt our innovative cyber security solutions to this new service area, which is experiencing exponential growth. Our standard solution mainly combines real-time monitoring services for applications and communications dedicated to air transport and incident response services.”

The joint Airbus and SITA Security Operations Centre Service is the first of a new portfolio of cyber security products and services being developed by SITA. The portfolio will help airlines and airports identify, detect and react to cyber threats while protecting their company assets from attack.

In addition to creating a customized portfolio for the industry, SITA in 2016 identified cyber security as one of five keys areas where it is exploring new solutions on behalf of its members as well as the wider air transport community.

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