Virtual Conference Agenda 2020


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Keynote presentations & panel discussions

10:00 - 10:05Opening remarks by Chairperson


10:05 - 10:15Opening keynote by IATA: A cybersecurity roadmap aiming to develop a common vision across the aviation industry

Recognizing the multi-faced and multi-disciplinary nature of cyber security, noting that cyber-attacks can simultaneously affect a wide range of areas and spread rapidly, it is imperative to develop a common vision and define a global Cyber Security Strategy to shape the nature of ‘how’ the industry responds to the cyber security challenge to remain safe, secure, sustainable and resilient to cyber security risks, while at the same time enabling state of the art digitalization and connectivity of the industry to adapt to the crisis situation in compliance with data privacy regulations.

10:15 - 10:50Panel Discussion: Regulatory update and what’s coming next?

As the aviation industry continues to battle with the impact of COVID -19, cyber risks to some of the industry’s critical assets have continued to evolve and increase. ICAO and IATA have both been continuously working towards developing industry wide cyber security strategies in order to build resilience within the aviation sector.  What are some of the new standards and policies coming up? Join us for this interactive session to get all the regulatory updates about cyber securing the aviation eco system.

    Moderator :
  • Kashif Khalid | Regional Director - Africa & Middle East, Airports, Passenger, Cargo, Security & Facilitation | IATA

10:50 - 11:10How to counter the significant cybersecurity threats to the Aviation Industry

In my presentation, I will talk about the size and the economy of the global aviation industry and why a healthy, secure, and vibrant aviation is significant to regional matters and economic growth. I will present the digital evolution, major cyber threat, aviation attack vectors, cyber aviation events that made the news headlines, IT/OT convergence, and the cyber-physical challenge to aviation. I will continue by presenting further on what to focus on and how dimension data can help your cybersecurity evolution journey. Lastly, I will show a use case that we successfully delivered for an important client in the aviation industry.

11:10 - 12:10C-level Interview Session: Protecting aviation from hackers: Improving resilience during and post COVID-19

The introduction of remote working for staff and various touchless interfaces for passenger travel have exposed airports and airlines to a new set of cyber threats. What are some of the ways to mitigate these threats? Are airports and airlines prepared for cyber threats post COVID-19? What should the cybersecurity priorities be now and after the pandemic? What are companies doing to improve cyber resilience and ensure business continuity.

12:10 - 12:20Networking Break

12:20 - 12:50Helping aviation to reduce financial losses due to cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks are generating significant financial losses to aviation stakeholders especially airlines. This becomes even more intolerable at the time aviation is hit by an unprecedented crisis which impacts severely revenues and cash flow. As part of its catalogue of services, EUROCONTROL/EATM-CERT (European Air Traffic Management Computer Emergency Response Team) has developed some services which are provided for free to the aviation community with the goal to reduce financial losses by e.g. detecting fraudulent websites impersonating airlines, fighting against scams that impersonate EUROCONTROL and request to pay fraudulent invoices, detecting frequent flyer program accounts for sale on the dark/deep web and sharing Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). The unbalanced financial dimension of cyber-attacks inevitably calls for continuous threats, therefore the aviation community has to further work together and share more information in order to increase our efficiency (including cost efficiency) for our common interest.

12:50 - 13:10The Ultimate Challenge: Leading Lebanon’s cyber security amidst the ongoing challenges

Given the COVID 19 challenges, severe economic recession, overpowering monetary and political crisis, and the devastating semi-atomic explosion of Beirut Harbour, how can experts ensure that their cyber security is on point? Come find out through this presentation by Dr. Omar Kaddouha.

13:10 - 13:40Networking break

13:40 - 14:05A transformational journey of building a digital defence centre for the world’s largest international airport

14:05 - 14:35From theory to practice - How to comply with the evolving cyber regulation for aviation

More information to follow.

14:35 - 15:05Aviation ISEM

15:05 - 15:15Networking Break

15:15 - 15:50Panel Discussion: Everyone on the same page: Convergence of cyber security and aviation security

As the aviation security sector increases its dependence on networks and IT technologies, this session will highlight the importance of integrating cyber security within aviation security strategies. Hear about some of the most challenging cyber security risks to airline operation systems, on board systems, aviation security processes and learn how these can be mitigated.

15:50 - 16:40Panel Discussion: Data security – absolutely critical for takeoff!

The top cyber threats affecting the airline industry are those that can cause mass disruption, steal employee and customer data, and invade networks to scale attacks. From ransomware attacks, APTs, phishing attacks, DDoS to Insider threats, the aviation industry is battling it all! Attend this session to find out about some of the latest technological innovations that help protect sensitive data.

16:40 - 17:15A comprehensive cyber defense strategy: addressing cybersecurity risks at product, organizational and national oversight level

Addressing the cybersecurity risks faced by the international aviation community requires a system-of-systems approach covering all the aviation domains. Furthermore, it requires to take into consideration not only the aircraft design aspects, but also the need to manage cybersecurity risks at organizational level, as well as ensuring adequate oversight by the corresponding competent authorities. All of this while ensuring adequate coordination at national level between the different authorities responsible for security, cybersecurity and aviation safety.

17:15 - 17:35Human factor in Aviation Cybersecurity. Complementary notes on ICAO GASeP

17:35 - 18:05Case Study: Remaining a step ahead in Aviation’s arms race against cyber-terrorism

Listen in as Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International’s (IATA: CVG) CIO outlines best-in-class protections against cyber threats. On a recent day, CVG logged nearly 450000 threats from 10 different nation-states. CVG dispels the ‘isolation is the best protection’ myth to take on a preeminent role in research and development along with advancing protective deployments around its campus.

18:05 - 18:35Not just an On-Ground issue! Ensuring aircrafts are cyber secure every step of the way!

The advancements in air navigation technologies surely help drive business, however the increasing connectivity has made them more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Due to the negative impact of cyber-attacks on the aviation safety, economy, and reputation, cybersecurity is considered as urgent and emerging issues in aviation generally, and in air navigation in particular. This session will provide you with examples of the potential cyber hazards in the critical elements of ANS, communication, navigation and surveillance systems. Furthermore, the various countermeasures that can be used to mitigate these threats to have cyber resilience aviation system.

18:35 - 18:45Closing remarks by Chairperson


18:45End of conference


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