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2019-12-01

Raytheon Resolves to Protect Industry from Cyber Threats

Today’s aircraft have become more data-dependent than ever and recent research has shown that one of the fastest-growing targets for cybersecurity attacks is the aviation ecosystem. In an interview with Nation Shield, Tom Goodman, Director, International Business Development, Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, explained that the reason for this vulnerability is that the ecosystem is broadly connected and is quite diverse as it includes aspects such as Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) and air traffic control and management. All of these can be targeted and become attack vectors that threat actors can go after.
 
By Deepa Narwani
The Middle East could be susceptible to these threats as it is a global aviation ecosystem and Raytheon has received a lot of interest from here whether it is from airlines, air traffic control associations, or national aviation authorities, in protecting that environment.
 
Goodman said: “We see threats evolving on an almost hourly basis. Raytheon does a lot of research and development around cybersecurity threats and analyse the behaviour of the various threat actors in order to address these threats. We are in a good position to help the industry to tackle the problem. What we are seeing in the aviation ecosystem are the types of threats that are impacting the situational awareness that pilots have. Aircraft are very data dependent and if a threat vector inserts its capability to cause a pilot to second guess what they are getting from an instrument reading then that is going to impair their ability to operate safely. Our focus is to look for anomalies, detect them in advance and provide situational awareness to pilots so they can make the appropriate decisions.”
 
At the show, Raytheon is shedding light on a number of offerings in aviation security, right from the protection of air traffic management to air traffic control systems and protection around cybersecurity. 
 
“Our solutions protect data in transit or data in rest as it moves through the maintenance operations. One of the things that is unique to us is a platform called Cyber Anomaly Detection System (CADS). This capability is very aircraft specific. It does a real detail baseline of an aircraft, sits as a software and is able to detect anomalies as data passes through a common communication bus. It has the ability to detect anomalies in real-time and inform pilots. We are getting a tremendous amount of interest for it because it is something that is embedded within the aircraft. It informs pilots at the speed at which they need to be informed to keep the aircraft operating safely. We leverage an extensive amount of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in order for that platform to be successful. It can either be software or hardware-based and is optimised for size, weight and power,” he highlighted.
 
“Raytheon invests heavily in our partnerships in the Middle East. We have great opportunities to work with a number of different customers but the Dubai Airshow, in particular, gives us the ability to be able to reach out and talk to a new and exciting market in aviation and cybersecurity,” he concluded.
 

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