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May 16, 2019

Information security in air transport: and why a paradigm shift is needed


The dark downside of the ubiquitous digitalisation process currently sweeping the world is the even more active spread of vulnerabilities and threats generated by the rapid change of technologies.

It is a scenario in which traditional security methods based on building a solid system of defences and prohibitions can easily lose their effectiveness because the new threats are mutating more quickly than the construction of any effective lines of defence.

What is needed is a new paradigm of views on information security, based on quick and flexible responses, and a proactive approach to such threats.

That is why this year the 12th International Digital Aviation Forum conference will investigate these topics related to information security and protection.

At this year’s Digital Aviation Forum, Dmitry Naydenov, director of information security at Russian aircraft maintenance specialist S7 Group, will talk about the new threats and the risks that have recently emerged and how they can be countered. As the digital landscape of the air transport industry rapidly changes, current evidence shows that old management approaches and practices cannot fully defend the status quo. New realities require radical changes in a company’s information security system, plus a re-thinking of its role and place in all activities.

This situation is becoming further aggravated by the growing burden of regulatory directives. For example, in May 2018, the European Union introduced its updated rules for the processing of personal data established by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Since these new GDPR rules are applied extra-territorially, their observance has become mandatory for Russian companies that also have a presence in the EU.

Forum participants will hear from Alexandra Vvedenskaya, a respected PricewaterhouseCoopers lawyer, who is preparing a review of what happened to Russian companies a year after the introduction of the updated rules for the processing of personal data (GDPR). She will answer the question as to whether the Russian aviation business can avoid the need to comply with GDPR and will also talk about the first practice of extraterritorial fines, whilst offering practical advice on bringing a company's activities into line with GDPR.

Furthermore, Mikhail Steblin, a pre-sales support engineer at the Kaspersky Lab, will advise forum participants on how to recognise the anatomy of a targeted attack and how to defend against such complex threats.

This vital survival information – and much more – awaits all participants to the Digital Aviation Forum 2019!

There is only one week left before the forum begins.

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