In an effort to combat the rising cyber threats against the European aviation industry, Munich Airport has launched a new competency centre that engages with industry experts to advance defensive strategies against potential cyber-attacks.
Aptly called the Information Security Hub (ISH), the new centre will house IT specialists from the airport operating company, who will work alongside experts from the European aviation industry.
Thomas Weyer, the CFO and Director of Infrastructure at FMG, commented: “Attacks on IT systems around the world have taken on new dimensions in terms of quality and quantity in recent years. New viruses, worms and malware are constantly being developed and turned loose on potential vulnerabilities in our IT systems.
He added: “The further we move ahead with digitalization, and the more functions are performed and networked by computers, the more potential points of attack they will present to global cybercriminals — and the more serious the potential consequences of targeted attacks will become.”
Located in the former airmail control centre of Munich Airport, the new centre will house four training rooms and IT labs, an amphitheatre for presentations, as well as a central control room. Each aspect of the facility will be equipped with computers and related network hardware, creating a cohesive environment for which training groups can both simulate attacks and defensive responses.
In addition to the work centred on IT security for airports, the centre is also expected to support cooperative training projects with other enterprises and public authorities across industry boundaries.
The establishment of ISH was conducted in close collaboration of three IT security companies: ERNW INSIGHT, HvS-Consulting and IT-CUBE SYSTEMS.