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Blockchain is a hot topic — but not a panacea for cybersecurity

19 June 2018
Blockchain technology has some way to go before it fulfils its potential for keeping data secure. Source: Getty Images

A clearer understanding is needed of the benefits to be gained from blockchain technology

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, these are the most exciting times and the most troubling times in the digital world. As technology advances and proliferates, it offers new opportunities to share information quickly and more effectively: but speed and ease of data management can result in unexpected vulnerabilities that operators of critical infrastructure — such as airports — must take very seriously.

The aviation industry is engaged in a dance with digital applications which lies somewhere between a waltz and a fire limbo. As airports and airlines explore new capabilities, education and a clear understanding of function, application and good practices will be essential. Humming buzzwords is not enough to protect these sensitive operations.

In the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report , Peter Galvin, chief strategy officer of Thales eSecurity, shone a light on the balance to be struck between progress and preservation.

“From cloud computing, to mobile devices, digital payments and emerging IoT [Internet of Things] applications, organisations are re-shaping how they do business — and this digital transformation is reliant on data,” he said. “We’re now at the point where we have to admit that data breaches are the new reality, with over a third of organizations suffering a breach in the past year.”

Garrett Bekker, principal security analyst for information security at 451 Research, who authored the Data Threat report, warned that security strategies must be as dynamic as the fast-changing threat environment, otherwise “the rate of breaches will continue to increase”.

Airports in the line of fire

Airports are alive to threats associated with passenger data management, according to Anthony Chapman, Senior Director, Global Product Management and Strategic Programs, Global Airports at Rockwell Collins IMS.

“Cyber-threats are an increasing concern for airports,” he told Jane’s during the PTE exhibition in Stockholm in March 2018.

See related article at: http://www.janesairport360.com/article/10033/us-federal-budget-request-allocates-more-resources-to-tsa

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