in Aerospace / Security

Airbus systems breached by cyber attack

Posted 31 January 2019 · Add Comment

Airbus SE reported it had detected a cyber incident that breached its Airbus commercial aircraft business information systems yesterday, resulting in unauthorised access to data but not affecting its commercial operations.



Above:
Airbus HQ at Toulouse.
Courtsey Airbus


It is believed that employee contact information was accessed in the security breach suffered by Airbus, which has said it is taking measures to improve its security defences.

In a statement Airbus said: 'This incident is being thoroughly investigated by Airbus’ experts who have taken immediate and appropriate actions to reinforce existing security measures and to mitigate its potential impact, as well as determining its origins. 
 
'Investigations are ongoing to understand if any specific data was targeted, however we do know some personal data was accessed. This is mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.
 
'The company is in contact with the relevant regulatory authorities and the data protection authorities pursuant to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Airbus employees are being advised to take all necessary precautions going forward.'

Irra Ariella Khi, CEO of City-based VChain said: “The security breach against Airbus is another example that current processes for storing sensitive data are not fit for purpose. Holding data on centralised, vulnerabile systems is making it easy for hackers. We urgently need to move to systems built using privacy by design principles – where data security and obscurity are built into the system – and data is not in a box that is inevitably breached.

“Personal data of employees, operatives, or passengers held by those operating in the aviation industry is highly sensitive. The industry is highly regulated for a reason: data security is vital for ensuring safety. Whatever the motivation of the attack is, we should not be making it so easy to access data.

“Cyber defence is of course vital but breaches would be better prevented by not storing the data in an insecure way in the first place. Technology to better avoid such risks is increasingly available.”

Dan Turner, CEO of Malvern-based Deep Secure said: “The Airbus breach is likely to become just another fleeting reference in the constant stream of data breaches we’ll witness this year. Incidents like this show that, no matter how robust the company’s security defences, traditional cybersecurity solutions are unable to detect the growing number of zero-day and undetectable threats that cybercriminals are creating.

We must assume that hackers are better at attacking than we are at defending and that’s why we must go beyond the detect and protect approach to cybersecurity and focus on preventing attacks. Only this way can we – the cybersecurity industry – empower organisations to truly secure their data.”

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

G4S safe transportation recognised by BGC

G4S has been recognised for its outstanding commitment to safe driving practices in Iraq by Basrah Gas Company (BGC), after reaching a key milestone of safely transporting BGC employees 15 million kilometres with no major incidents.

UK Space Agency seeks GNSS solutions

UK organisations can express an interest in seeking funding to develop receivers for a future UK global navigation satellite system (GNSS), with the best ideas possibly in line for contracts under the Small Business Research

Vertical Aerospace flies eVTOL capable of carrying 250kg

Bristol-based startup Vertical Aerospace has revealed flight footage of an electric vertical take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg - the first company in the world to do so.

Airbus and Delta form digital alliance

Airbus and Delta Air Lines are forming a digital alliance to develop new predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for airline customers worldwide from 2020.

50 airports now carbon neutral in Europe

Ahead of the COP25 due to kick off in Santiago de Chile next month, European airport trade body ACI EUROPE today gave an update on the progress airports have made to deliver on their commitment to reach 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030.

Birmingham Airport recycles unwanted suitcases

Birmingham Airport recently arranged its first suitcase collection as part of its new partnership with Newlife – the Charity for Disabled Children – wherein empty suitcases discarded by passengers are being donated to Newlife to be

See us at
SMI ActiveP BT1206121119SMI FAV BT1006141119ADSS1000DBT1706171019SMI GMS BT1906071119DSEI JP BT1605201119FIL20BT010819260720VIDSE BT1605060320