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A growing challenge

​Today cyber security emerges as a critical issue. No business is immune, but aviation is a specific target for those intent on doing cyber mischief and theft--or worse. Commercial aviation was built on cooperation. Every flight that takes off or lands is the result of working together and information sharing among many different entities such as airlines, airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Yet the very nature of our collaboration also enables potential cyber vulnerabilities. Industry cooperation, while an absolute necessity, cannot achieve everything without the support of governments.

The panel reviewed how a harmonized approach could be achieved, working with governments, following the example of decades of successful government-industry ​cooperation on safety. It considered also how to address best the threats of a constantly shifting cyber arena and identify actions that airlines can take to be prepared against cyber-security attacks, including possible opportunities for partnering with other stakeholders either within the air transport value chain or outside it.


  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, United States Air Force Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, the Pentagon & Executive Director of the National Aviation Intelligence Integration Office (NAI2-O)​​
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Anja Kaspersen, Head of International Security, World Economic Forum
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Alan Pellegrini, President and CEO, Thales USA​
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Matthew Finn, Augmentiq, Managing Director
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada, President and CEO
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kurt Pipal, US Embassy in the UK, FBI, Assistant Legal Attaché​