Why Should We Prevent Hackers From Infiltrating A Computer Systems On Aircraft

783 WordsSep 3, 20154 Pages
Cybersecurity is defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) as being “The activity or process, ability or capability, or state whereby information and communications systems and the information contained therein are protected from and/or defended against damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation” (Department of Homeland Security, 2015). Cyberjacking an aircraft has become the most threatening issue within the realm of cybersecurity. Cyberjacking an aircraft opposes a threat to the safety and well-being of the aircraft passengers and the computer system that controls and operates the aircraft. Within the past three there has been several incidents where aircrafts have disappeared and vanished under the radar. This has led researchers and federal aviation authorities to believe that each aircraft was cyberjacked and the computer system was hacked and manipulated. As result, there is ongoing research being conducted to determine how to prevent hackers from infiltrating a computer systems on aircraft. There are two variables being tested to determine the various entry points a potential cyber hijacker has to enter the computer system that controls an aircraft. The two variables are: Can an aircraft be cyberjacked before boarding? Can on-board computer systems be cyberjacked from a passenger seat on an aircraft by using USB ports and Wi-Fi system? According to the Homeland Security News Wire, a security researcher tweeted

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