BULATSA participated in the ICAO Summit on Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation Europe, Middle East and Africa
BULATSA participated in the meeting “ICAO Summit on Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation Europe, Middle East and Africa”, organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation – ICAO, for discussing issues regarding the information security.
More than 400 delegates from 60 countries attended the event, among which the ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, the EASA Executive Director Mr. Patrick Ky, the EUROCONTROL Director General Mr. Eammon Brennan, the IATA vice-president Mr. Rafael Schwartzman, representatives of CANSO, the industry, researchers etc.
Mr. Patrick Ky spoke about the importance of the exchange of information between the stakeholders and underlined that the cyber security shall be an unaltered element of the integrated management system and a part of the safety management system of the organisations.
The participants discussed the obligation of every air navigation services provider to play a role in the protection of the human life, in the continuity of service and the basic rights related to flights. The information security was designated as one of the major engines to guarantee the safety and the regularity of providing air traffic services.
It was noted at the forum that the information security does not only refer to the information technology but also affects the organisations as a complex of commitments, roles and responsibilities, people, their culture and technical skills and the technology.
Mr. Eammon Brennan highlighted the challenges to the aviation industry and underlined that the approach only at national level is insufficient and “we shall think about the cyber threats not “if” but “when” they will happen”. He underlined also that there shall be a balance between safety and security.
In many of the presentations it was noted that the cyber-threats and the cyber-attacks are becoming “a business” (“Crime as a business”) which is an exceptional challenge for all organisations worldwide.