The aviation industry is behind the curve in terms of its response and readiness to the insidious threat posed by cyber criminality whether from criminals, terrorists, nation states or hackers, according to Peter Armstrong, Head of Cyber Strategy for Willis Group Holdings.

Speaking at the Willis-IATA-AAPA Aviation Insurance conference in Hong Kong today, Armstrong explained that the aviation industry’s under-preparedness is noteworthy in a sector that abhors uncertainty and works tirelessly to eradicate it.

He added that the recent launch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) cyber security framework is a good start, supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) aviation cyber security tool kit.

However, he warned that regulators, manufacturers and operators are only now waking up to the pervasive nature of cyber threats. “We remain concerned that cyber risk is not viewed as a significant enabler, amplifier or accelerator of existing risk in the portfolio as well as discrete cyber risk posed for example through use of Cloud technologies. This is a Board Room issue representing a sophisticated challenge to sophisticated organisations.” said Armstrong.

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