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The cyber security threats facing companies in the aerospace sector is constantly evolving and the demand for businesses of all sizes to continuously review and update their cyber security policies is more vital than ever.

In particular, the ever-evolving nature of the aerospace market has culminated in a complex environment. With cyber-attacks on the rise, there are wide-ranging cyber security challenges to address.

As a result of this fluctuating environment, IT professionals have to contend with the issues of a changing infrastructure, new advances in technology and constant cyber security threats. As budgets and resources come under pressure, IT professionals are challenged to tackle this evolving landscape with innovative techniques to keep pace with advances in technology.

With cyber security becoming a burning business issue, organisations in the aerospace sector need to ensure that addressing cyber security issues is high on their agenda.

A vulnerable industry

Like all large-scale infrastructures, the UK aviation sector in particular has been and will continue to be a potential target for cyber criminals.  Cyber breaches and compromise of systems can range in severity from website hacks to sophisticated attacks against, or catastrophic failure or compromise of, safety-critical systems.

For IT managers and chief information security officer’s in the aerospace sector – and those surrounding industries in the supply chain – the concerns attributed to cyber security are widespread. From understanding who is attacking their organisation and why, to educating staff and key stakeholders, understanding the challenges arising from cyber security has never been more important.

Here we have outlined five key cyber security challenges facing CISOs and IT Managers in the UK aerospace sector.

1)     Executive-level threat intelligence – security officers want to know who is attacking their organisations, for what reason, and obtain a high-level view of the tactics, techniques and procedures being used.

2)     Integrated security platforms – the need to consolidate and integrate security technologies to gain full threat visibility across all platforms with the goal to gain true visibility into cloud, mobile, and on-premises assets—and be able to quickly see and correlate risk and incidents.

3)     Business Risk - CISOs are getting more involved with business planning and strategy so they can assess risks, implement controls, and manage risk over time. Lack of planning and preparation for a cyber security incident with adhoc or inconsistent cyber security response plans is a key concern.

4)     Cost Implications - It is not purely the direct costs of a breach to be considered – the fine from the ICO combined with GDPR implications the associated costs of a breach are considered the most important consequence.

5)     The importance of people – Many organisations continue to rely on manual processes for cybersecurity, and 70% of organisations claim they’ve been impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage.  Since the aerospace cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing, in addition to attracting new talent to the industry, continuous training and skills development for existing teams is essential with an aim to create solid basic cyber hygiene and nurture a culture of security.

Looking to learn more?

It goes without saying that data security is critical to any business, but a breach in the aerospace sector could result in catastrophic consequences.  

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