Connected systems across aviation infrastructure are necessitating sophisticated security with embedded systems at the core.
FREMONT, CA: The extent of advancements in operations of aircraft control and navigation, sensing, and monitoring, as well as communications, have empowered the aerospace industry today. Intelligent and connected, the systems underlying modern aircraft are delivering unimagined capabilities. However, the advancements have also resulted in the industry countering an increasing number of security challenges. The prospects of cyberattacks are now at an all-time high, increasing the chances of aircraft being hacked. By hacking into systems, bad actors can manipulate sensor data on which pilots depend, or take over flying controls. Needless to say, the consequences of such intrusions can be drastic. To prevent such possibilities, the aerospace industry is now turning towards embedded security.
Traditionally, airplanes have banked on physical security. While physical security does carry a lot of relevance even today, it is not comprehensive enough. Many kinds of attacks can these days be carried out without physical access to airplanes. Thus, it is vital to building security capabilities into devices, at all levels. By embedding security features into manufactured components, it is possible to induce a primary layer of protection that goes a long way in closing vulnerabilities. Security technologies, like embedded firewalls, secure boot, and encrypted communications, when included in systems, can contribute to critical safety.
Besides, embedded security solutions are highly customized, resulting in optimum levels of integration with a diverse set of connected devices used by the aerospace industry today. Avionics manufacturers can include embedded security into models and still support interoperability across a multitude of sensors, operating systems, and chipsets. Embedded security solutions also enable the aerospace industry to incorporate evolving security standards and protocols conveniently.
The suitability and significance of embedded security solutions go beyond the aircraft into control towers as well. The control towers also need a great deal of security to ensure safe aircraft operations. With end-to-end embedded security built into avionics infrastructure, every aspect of modern aerospace attains futuristic security, which in turn ensures the mitigation of sophisticated hacking attempts.