US agencies to prevent cyber attacks against air traffic control system

US agencies to prevent cyber attacks against air traffic control system

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US: America's security and intelligence agencies are teaming up with airline manufacturers to defend against a catastrophic cyber attack that could cripple the air traffic control system, interfere with the computer systems used by modern aircraft, and potentially even bring down a plane. A new information sharing programme is being led by the Transportation Security Administration in conjunction with the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. It will include the construction of an information-sharing and analysis center at a TSA facility near Ft Meade, US, where the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command are headquartered.

Cyber-threat information-sharing initiatives have seen some success in recent years, including the defense industrial base (DIB) programme that shares threat indicators and related data between major defense contractors and the Defense Department. The Homeland Security Department also has launched efforts to share cyber threat information between government and commercial entities in order to better protect critical infrastructure.

Source: C4ISR