SITA and Airbus launch cybersecurity service for aviation industry

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Left to right: François Lavaste, head of Airbus CyberSecurity, and Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA 

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and air transport IT provider SITA have joined forces to launch a new cybersecurity detection service designed specifically for the air transport industry.

Security Operations Center Services (SOCS) will provide airlines, airports and other air transport industry stakeholders with information about unusual cyber activity that could harm their business.

Once a cybersecurity threat has been detected, SOCS suggests appropriate containment and remedial action, helping to keep the company’s digital assets safe from attack. The joint venture is the first of a new portfolio of cybersecurity products being developed by SITA, which according to its 2016 Airlines IT Trends Survey, found that 91% of airlines plan to invest in cybersecurity programs over the next three years.

Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA, said, “As an industry we need to move faster in developing new cybersecurity solutions that mitigate the risk of ever-changing threats. This requires constant collaboration and innovation. With SITA and Airbus CyberSecurity uniquely placed at the heart of the air transport industry, we can facilitate innovation and information-sharing through services such as SOCS, providing solutions our customers demand and need.”

François Lavaste, head of Airbus CyberSecurity, said, “Air transport is part of the Airbus DNA, so it was only natural that we joined forces with SITA to adapt our innovative cybersecurity solutions to this new service area, which is experiencing exponential growth. Our standard solution mainly combines real-time monitoring services for applications and communications dedicated to air transport and incident response services.”

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