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    Cybersecurity of Global Aviation a Major Focus of AIAA AVIATION 2013
    Richard A. Clarke and Other Cybersecurity Experts to Address Cyber Threats at August Conference

    July 9, 2013 – Reston, Va. – Leading cybersecurity experts will speak at AIAA AVIATION 2013, being held August 12–14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif. Hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the conference will address the risk of the evolving cyber threats to the world’s $2.2 trillion commercial aviation enterprise.

    “Connectivity has provided the aviation industry with multiple opportunities to improve efficiency and to create new products and services,” said conference executive chair Michael P. Delaney, vice president, engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “While this influential technology holds great promise, it may also empower those who would disrupt the aviation industry. A panel on the connectivity challenge will focus on the multiple issues posed by the Internet revolution for the aviation industry – the potential, the challenges, and the threats, among others. It is sure to be an illuminating discussion.”

    The panel discussion “Overview of the Threat Landscape,” at 3:00 p.m. on August 12, will examine the types of cybersecurity threats, how they could affect aviation and what actions could make aviation systems more secure. Panelists include: Jeffrey Carr, founder & chief executive officer (CEO), Taia Global and author of "Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld"; Emilio Iasiello, chief threat analyst, iSIGHT Partners; Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), University of Washington; and Remy Baumgarten, security researcher, ANRC. The panel will be moderated by David Shaw, CEO, Global Business Analysis.

    Daniel E. Geer Jr., chief information security officer, In-Q-Tel, will speak at 9:30 a.m. on August 13 on the reality of actively responding to threats. He will discuss the types of threats that exist for the cyber landscape, the realities of responding to those threats, and what must be done to further create an adaptive and resilient cyber infrastructure that is capable of neutralizing threats. Endicott-Popovsky will then lead a demonstration on steps that can be taken to prevent system compromise.

    Richard A. Clarke, chairman and chief executive officer, Good Harbor Risk Management, LLC, will deliver a luncheon keynote address at 11:30 a.m. on August 13. Clarke, the former U.S. national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism, and the author of the New York Times bestseller "Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It,"will analyze the potential devastating losses to commercial aviation and society at large if cyber threats to aviation systems are not properly addressed. Clarke will also offer solutions to some of the more immediate threats facing the aviation enterprise, allowing IT and other professionals to wage more effective and precise anti-threat campaigns.

    The panel discussion “The Connectivity and Cyber Security Challenge,” at 1:30 p.m. on August 13, will discuss the challenges presented in aviation security systems, resources against cyber attack, and how players in the enterprise can move to safeguard their vital systems now, rather than after a successful cyber attack. Panelists will be: Paul Kurtz, chief strategy officer, CyberPoint International; Michael K. Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer, 787 program, The Boeing Company; Dominic Nessi, deputy executive director and chief information officer, Los Angeles World Airports; Larry Castro, managing director, Chertoff Group, LLC; and Peter Andres, vice president, corporate security, Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


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