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CYBER SECURITY FOR AIRPORTS

DOI: 10.7708/ijtte.2013.3(4).02


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Author(s)

Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan - Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, USA -

Manimaran Govindarasu - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, USA -

Doug W. Jacobson - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, USA -

Brent M. Phares - Bridge Engineering Center, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, USA -


Abstract

In today’s information age, government organizations and business enterprises are heavily relying on interconnected computer systems to manage a variety of public services including energy, transportation, water, etc. While this increased connectivity has many operational advantages benefitting the public, they have also become vulnerable to cyber attacks such as Corporate Security Breaches, Spear Phishing, and Social Media Fraud. The aviation sector is one the critical infrastructure systems that is not only vulnerable to physical threats, but also cyber threats, especially with the increased use of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at airports. It has been recognized that there is currently no cyber security standards established for airports in the United States as the existing standards have mainly focused on aircraft Control System (CS). This paper summarizes the need, background, ongoing developments and research efforts with respect to the establishment of cyber-security standards and best practices at U.S. airports with special emphasis on cyber security education and literacy.


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