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CCX Technologies confirmed Oct. 21 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference that its SystemX Cybersecurity Platform is approved for the SmartSky Networks Skytelligence digital services framework. SystemX will help business aircraft operators to understand and defend against cybersecurity threats through real-time actionable data.
“As the demand for stronger cybersecurity in the aviation market continues to increase, almost on a daily basis, so does the need for onboard cybersecurity solutions that furnish aircraft operators with actionable data,” said Chris Bartlett, president of CCX Technologies. “With American and European certification authorities enforcing RTCA DO-326 and ED202, and Qatar’s recent Aviation Cyber Security Guidelines, the growing requirement to monitor and protect these onboard aviation networks is reinforcing a baseline of security — essential tools for the aviation industry.
“The Skytelligence digital services marketplace is an important platform, supporting aviators with a variety of data. And now, in our view, it provides a more important role with the addition of this new cybersecurity data. We are pleased that SmartkSky shares our commitment to monitoring and protecting critical onboard data.”
The SystemX Platform is a combination of software and hardware, which helps protect an aircraft’s onboard network by monitoring data transmissions between avionic systems and between the aircraft and the ground network. While monitoring the onboard network, the system collects data and provides alerts. In the same way that weather services provide real-time weather information, SystemX will provide subscribers with real-time, actionable cybersecurity data.
Amalgamated, anonymized data will offer a broad view of cybersecurity threats on flight routes and highlight potential vulnerabilities on a subscriber’s own aircraft. Once implemented users will gain access to big-picture data plus important statistics such as the number of alerts by route, how many alerts are under investigation and resolved, aircraft and network types, among others.
“Cybersecurity is a critical concern for everyone in the aviation industry, and collaborating with our partners to address the ever-evolving number of threats is important to SmartSky,” said Britton Wanick, vice-president of Digital Solutions at SmartSky Networks. “SystemX is a significant addition to our Skytelligence platform, and we look forward to working with CCX to fulfil the need for cybersecurity solutions for aviation.”