Aviation cybersecurity key focus at AEROTECH Americas 2019

SAE International’s seminal aviation event AEROTECH Americas takes flight Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Charleston, SC. This year’s event includes a daylong series of technical sessions focused on aviation cybersecurity and other issues related to aerospace connectivity and security.

Cyber-Physical Security (CPS) technical sessions will kick off Wednesday morning with Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor (CSTA) for Advanced Avionics, FAA, Peter Skaves. Mr. Skaves will present Design Considerations for Aircraft Systems Information Security Protection as one of several key sessions on aviation cybersecurity that will take place Wednesday.

During his 25 years at the FAA, Mr. Skaves has had various assignments including Special Projects Team Lead and Special Assistant to the Washington, DC Avionics Branch, and has developed training materials endorsed by the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and significantly contributed to policy, guidance and industry standards development for Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), Required Navigation Performance (RNP), Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA), Aircraft Systems Information Security Protection (ASISP) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS-B) programs.


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Other highlights include panel discussions on aircraft cybersecurity. These panel discussions bring together experts from government, industry, and academia with the goal of discussing new cyber security concerns and developments related to commercial aircraft. Topics of these sessions will include emerging regulations, technology, and gaps in aviation cybersecurity.

SAE International’s Judith Ritchie, Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Aerospace will host a discussion on SAE International Cyber Security Initiatives.

"Collaboration between government, industry and academia is vital to address vulnerabilities unique to the security of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) architecture that includes software, firmware and hardware,” states the session description for Judith Ritchie’s panel. "We need to look at the problem holistically and address all areas of concern with a perspective towards resilience to cover those vulnerabilities."

The session description underscores the importance of standardization, which is needed to codify the cyber physical systems security framework and to provide requirements and guidance for implementation.

Other experts participating in the day long cybersecurity sessions include:

  • Sean Sullivan, Boeing Co.
  • Greg Rice, Collins Aerospace
  • Kirsten M. Koepsel, author of several SAE books on commercial aviation, cybersecurity, supply chains and counterfeit electronics

To learn more about these cybersecurity aviation sessions and other sessions that will be taking place at AEROTECH Americas 2019, click the link below.

Matt De Reno is SAE MOBILUS web portal manager at SAE International. His interests include automated and connected vehicles, micromobility, smart cities, and automotive cybersecurity.  

Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSS) Technical Sessions at AEROTECH Americas 2019