New Book from SAE International Examines the State of Cyber Security in the Commercial Aviation Supply Chain

A new book from SAE International looks at the current state of commercial aviation and cyber security, how information technology and its attractiveness to cyber attacks is affecting it, and the way supply chains have become a vital part of the industry’s cyber-security strategy.

“The Aerospace Supply Chain and Cyber Security – Challenges Ahead” (T-133), discusses the importance of deeply mapping one’s supply chain to identify risky suppliers or potential disruptions, developing supplier monitoring programs to identify critical suppliers, and identifying alternative sources for IT/ICT products or components, to name a few of the necessary actions to be taken by the industry.

More than ever before, commercial aviation relies on information and communications technology. The same way technology opens the doors for speed, efficiency and convenience, it also offers the unintended opportunity for malicious cyber attacks, with threat agents becoming bolder and choosing any possible apertures to breach security. Supply chains are now being seriously targeted as a pathway to the vital core of organizations around the world.

“The Aerospace Supply Chain and Cyber Security – Challenges Ahead” also discusses the standardization of communications platforms and its pitfalls, the invisible costs associated with cyber attacks, how to identify vulnerabilities of the supply chain, and what future scenarios are likely to play out in this arena.
This new book is authored by Kirsten Koepsel. With more than 30 years in engineering, production support, research, environmental, manufacturing assistance, and policy, Koepsel has a unique view when examining the impact of counterfeits on the supply chain.
  • Published by: SAE International
  • Product Code: T-133
  • ISBN: 978-0-7680-8378-1
  • 80 Pages
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