ACySS - Aviation Cyber Security Study

01/10/2016 to 30/09/2018

The project "Aviation Cybersecurity Study" (ACySS) focuses on applying current attack techniques to an avionics network to analyze its security. Modern commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 787 primarily use the network technology Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX). Alternative developments for safety-critical communications feature Time-Triggered Ethernet (TTEthernet). The critical data traffic in the airplane is regulated by AFDX switches, which are based on the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networking standard, but with additional Quality of Service (QoS) features. Throughout the aircraft, essentially one network exists as a communications backbone. Critical elements such as flight control (cockpit domain), therefore, share the same network as the cabin control (cabins domain) or the in-flight entertainment system (IFE) (passenger domain). The aim of this project is to verify the safety of the avionics network based on AFDX and TTEthernet by performing and comparing actual cyber attack methods. For this purpose, a small-scale testbed is to be established to simulate the different domains (critical / non-critical). By way of the tested, it will be examined whether it is possible, through manipulation of the network starting from the non-critical region of the passenger/cabins domain, to produce malfunctions that may go as far as to control the critical cockpit domain. The results generated from these investigations should provide clues for a possible revision of the network design and its applications. The landing gear control would be such an application. Furthermore, special attention is paid to safety measures for possible security updates. Finally, the project should raise awareness of potential attacks against the avionic system through the Internet, which is accessible by WIFI provided on modern airplanes and counter-measures to block those effectively.

Monday, 10 December, 2018

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Outcomes and key themes from ICT 2018 Session on Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society

On 5 December 2018, the Digital Single Market of the European Commission sponsored a session on the topic of “Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society”. The highly-popular session (over 90 attendees) took place on 5 December 2018 within the flagship ICT2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, EC – DG CNECT, kicked off the session with an overview of some of the most pressing issues of the day in cybersecurity:


Reinforcing Cyber Security in the EU: Building Coordinated Security, Confidence and Capability in the Cyber Domain

With 315 million Europeans using the internet each day, the provision of critical services and the functioning of a modern economy are now entirely dependent upon the robustness and safety of cyberspace and its infrastructure. Cyber security attacks are a growing source of threat and concern, while also representing a growing economic opportunity for Europe, with the market predicted to be worth over $100 Billion by 2018 (European Commission). Moreover, cyber attacks in the EU are constantly growing in both their frequency (quintuplicate between 2013 and 2017) and sophistication.