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ACI launches new guidance for addressing cybersecurity threats

Handbook assists airports to develop cybersecurity resilience programmes

Montreal, 11 February 2020 – Airports Council International (ACI) World has today launched a new resource to help airports establish a programme of cyber resilience and maintain robust and efficient cybersecurity defences.

The Cybersecurity Implementation Handbook provides airports with a comprehensive overview on how to implement an all-inclusive cybersecurity programme,  complete with cybersecurity best practices and case examples, drawing on the experience of experts in both cybersecurity and airport systems.

It explores the current global threat in this area, and offers a range of different measures and solutions that can be tailored to the unique local conditions and challenges faced by airports around the world. It also helps airports to understand their own cybersecurity risk exposure.

This includes cyber risk management and a seven-factor cybersecurity scorecard to help airports evaluate their defensive strategies encompassing key issues of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

This is ACI’s second cybersecurity handbook, preceded by the 2019 publication of the Cybersecurity for Airport Executives Handbook, and is part of a drive to promote airport excellence through sharing guidance on important security topics.

“As threats and risk change quickly, airports, regulators and government face challenges when trying to implement effective security measures in a timely manner,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said.

“Today’s attackers play by a different set of rules and airports around the world need to establish a programme of cyber resilience and strengthen security through making better use of existing and emerging technology.”

The handbook complements a set of cybersecurity products and services provided by ACI World, including classroom training, online learning, ACI’s unique cybersecurity self-assessment tool for airports and our collaboration with the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Centre.

Notes for editors

  1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2019, ACI serves 646 members, operating 1,960 airports in 176 countries.
  2. Find more information on the Cybersecurity Implementation Handbook
  3. Find more information on the Cybersecurity for Airport Executives Handbook

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