Protecting Our Airspace Against Cybercrime

As the aviation industry gets “smarter” by relying more heavily on computers and technology than manual human controls, cybersecurity vulnerabilities continue to threaten the nation’s airspace.

While October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, alumni from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University work year-round to keep the skies safe from cybercrime. One graduate working to protect against these attacks is Carl Herberger (’91, DB), who now serves as vice president of security solutions at Radware.

“If we know that somebody has motive and we know that somebody has means … why wouldn’t the aviation industry be a natural target?” he says. “Anytime you continuously integrate and automate without commensurately securing, you’re allowing systems to be functioning at a level that if you take one cog out, it makes the whole thing fall down.”

Read more about what Herberger and other alumni are doing to combat flight-related cybercrime in Embry-Riddle’s Lift Magazine.

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