Which airlines are the most likely to have a major security breach?
With the United States on the verge of enacting a sweeping cybersecurity law, the airlines that make up the backbone of the country’s economy are increasingly on the lookout for security breaches.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday it would expand the scope of its “critical infrastructure” surveillance program and take new steps to detect cyberattacks.
The TSA’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will monitor and respond to incidents involving critical infrastructure, as well as other threats, including the emergence of cybercriminals who may be seeking to exploit weaknesses in a company’s network, the agency said.
The announcement comes just a day after a separate announcement by the U.K. government said it was preparing to impose a national security emergency to tackle the spread of the ransomware, which is similar to the WannaCry worm.
U.S.-based companies are also stepping up security, particularly on their networks, as they prepare for the threat.
On Tuesday, a cybersecurity firm reported that a major airline in Texas was the latest victim of a cyberattack.
The Aviation Security Alliance, a trade group representing U.A.E. airlines, said it will increase the number of airport-based security checkpoints to 20,000 in 2017 and 2018.
The group said it plans to introduce a new checkpoint system later this year.
The airlines will also increase their use of security-oriented training and resources, the association said.
“Our members expect a level of professionalism and care in the aviation industry,” the group said in a statement.