Munich Airport academy receives ACI World accreditation for cybersecurity training

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Airports Council International World (ACI World) has agreed to recognize Munich Airport’s FMG Airport Academy as an Accredited Training Institute (ATI) for a series of cybersecurity courses.

Munich Airport opened its own dedicated training center to tackle the threat of cyberattacks in January 2018. With its fully equipped cyber simulation range equipment, a group can carry out realistic attacks on IT systems for training purposes, with a second group assigned to take defensive measures.

The new training center will bring together IT experts from the airport as well as specialists from high-profile tech companies to test defensive strategies and look for new solutions in the fight against cyber-criminals.

Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World, said, “With the rapid evolution of the digital age, there is also an alarming increase in the number of cyberattacks on IT systems within the public and private sectors. ACI recognizes the importance of promoting training programs and strategies to mitigate these threats and is pleased to accredit and recognize these cybersecurity courses. The program is in keeping with the mandated training needs outlined by the ACI Security Standing Committee to ensure a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.”

Dr Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of Munich Airport, said, “We’re looking forward to stepping up our partnership with ACI. Through this cooperation, we aim to help international airports achieve operational excellence through tailor-made training concepts. A focal point of these efforts is the fight against cyber-crime.

“With the steady advances in automation and digitization of airport activities, airport operators will face bigger challenges than ever before in securing their systems against threat scenarios. It is a task for all airports and will require closer forms of cooperation. The aim of the memorandum of understanding with the ACI is to share Munich Airport’s expertise in this area to benefit the airport community worldwide.”

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