Aircraft and air traffic management systems are witnessing the development and integration of automated functions. Such developments improve the safety process and allow to maximise the use of resources. However, as safety increasingly relies on information systems, cyber security is becoming critical. Information system security in the aeronautical environment is both critical and subject to domain-specific regulatory constraints. The regulatory and standardisation requirements are complex, defined by both aeronautical and cyber security initiatives.
In order to enable the development of aeronautical cyber security in a coordinated and harmonised way, it is essential to ensure that the necessary and appropriate standards are available in due time. Considering that only finite resources are available, there is a strong need to streamline relevant standardisation activities in Europe and globally.
The European Cyber security for aviation Standards Coordination Group is created to respond to this need. The ECSCG is a joint coordination and advisory group established to coordinate the cyber security for aviation related standardisation activities. A specific focus will be on activities stemming from the EC and EASA regulations, this does not exclude other market-driven standards.
The ECSCG kick-Off meeting took place on 30th October 2018 at the EUROCAE office in Saint-Denis, France.
Experts from the European regulators (European Commission and EASA) and other European and international standardisation bodies and organisations active in cyber security met to discuss the Terms of Reference of the Coordination Group with the goal to define a way to streamline standards developing activities in Europe.
The tasks of the ECSCG will be to:
In order to fulfill its tasks, the ECSCG will need to:
The main deliverable of the ECSCG is the European cyber security standardisation Rolling Development Plan (RDP) which will be progressively updated to reflect the current situation. It will also provide a method for the identification and discussion of overlaps and gaps, and as a basis for feedback to contributing organisations, to improve overall coordination of standards development.
Further information is available on the ECSCG.EU website.