Airlines and airports are confronted every day with a complex set of security concerns. Because their systems contain credit card data, they need to provide protection against identity theft and bankcard fraud. Since they record the times, dates, and methods of their customers’ travel plans, they must safeguard that information to ensure the welfare of people’s lives and possessions. And, with the increase in terrorism, they have to be able to identify criminals, explosives, and chemical weapons. Quite literally, a successful cyberattack on an airline or airport could have ramifications from the personal to the global level.
Unfortunately, because cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated all the time, airlines and airports can find it hard to keep up. Yesterday’s security may have been more than adequate to thwart yesterday’s hackers, but the hackers of today may have ways over, under, and through those protections.
Three of the greatest challenges to maintaining security equal to the cyberthreats posed today are:
So, while airlines and airports undoubtedly affirm the need for holistic security, the security they have in place may not be enough to meet today’s multiplying risks. What the industry needs is a better, smarter, faster way of incorporating end-to-end security. To learn what that entails, read our latest POV now: The Need to Lead with Security in the Transportation Industry.