A-ISAC Summit promoting cyber-resilience in the aviation ecosystem

Guest Author by Guest Author | Aug 25, 2021

By Lori Pierelli, International Marketing and Communications, Aviation ISAC

Aviation is a highly visible target for cyber threat actors and we are seeing significant increases in ransomware attacks, network intrusions, business email compromises, DDoS attacks, fraud, and more.

Airports are a critical link in the global aviation transport network and a cyber attack on one segment can have a worldwide ripple effect. Working collaboratively, however, airports and other aviation companies can improve their protections against cyber attacks.

The collective knowledge available through organizations like the Aviation ISAC and events like the A-ISAC’s Annual Aviation Cybersecurity Summit are powerful tools for creating a comprehensive risk management approach.

Benefiting from aviation’s collective knowledge

Whether you are looking to raise situational awareness, build cyber maturity, expand your peer network, or improve your ability to respond to incidents, A-ISAC’s Annual Aviation Cybersecurity Summit is an outstanding educational opportunity.

From identifying threats and vulnerabilities, hardening assets and networks, getting current on regulatory requirements, to addressing ransomware, establishing cybersecurity as a cost center, and more, aviation cybersecurity experts from around the world will be discussing the most pressing topics facing the industry today.

A cyber-resilient aviation ecosystem relies on information sharing and relationships across the private and public sectors. This year’s event is a co-sponsorship between the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Aviation Cyber Initiative, an interagency tri-chaired taskforce, which includes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), with input from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

ICAO to deliver a keynote

In one of his first speaking engagements as ICAO’s new Secretary-General, Juan Carlos Salazar will serve as the kick-off keynote speaker for this year’s A-ISAC Aviation Cybersecurity Summit.

Mr. Salazar will discuss the importance of cybersecurity as everyone’s responsibility, reflecting ICAO’s commitment to their “Year of Security” efforts. Mr. Salazar’s thought leadership will encourage the aviation industry to think and act in a security-conscious manner and educate us on how to raise security awareness in aviation operations and promote an effective and sustainable security culture at every level.

Airports will be a focus

Of special interest to airports:

  • Requesting Clearance to Land Data on Runway Right: Managing Risk and Legal Issues in Airport Data Use
  • Improved Cyber Safety by Design: Airport Screening Standards and Next-Generation Equipment
  • Vaccinating to Mitigate Future Aerospace Cyber Risk:
    Bolstering the Safety of Complex Systems
  • Keeping Current on the Latest EASA Rules: Updates on Upcoming Requirements
  • Ransomware: Stopping the Spread
  • Holistic, Risk-driven Cyber Incident Response Planning
  • Addressing Email Security at NetJets: Our Three-tiered Strategy to Increase Phishing Resilience
  • Securing the Safety of Your Bubble: Understanding Operational Technologies to Improve Cyber Resilience

Attendance is free for this virtual event being held September 21-23 (EMEAs & Americas) and September 30 (Asia-Pac). The full agenda and registration link are available on the Aviation ISAC website.


Lori Pierelli heads up the Aviation ISAC marketing, communications, and outreach activities. She joined the Aviation ISAC in early 2016. Previously, she worked at ARINC (subsequently Rockwell Collins), helping to promote their innovative e-enabled/digital cockpit program. Ms. Pierelli has more than 20 years leading corporate communications, marketing, and publishing programs in both for-profit corporations and nonprofit membership associations. She had edited more than 250 humanities studies books and authored or ghost-written articles for a range of industry publications, from high-net-worth financial management to hospitality and tourism management, and of course, aviation.

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