Such incidents that occur by a malicious entity taking over control of a corporation, could be avoided by being conscious and putting the right protective measures in place. Airports already take responsibility and awareness of the risks that a fire or an emergency can represent to its operation and implemented emergency plans, trainings and specialized teams. Cyber threats should be treated in the same way. Risks coming from a more and more digital airport environment and inter-connected world can be minimized if not revoked by having a proper cyber strategy, the right tools and a specialized team in place.
New strategies are under research in order to rethink and improve layered and scalable secure solutions, exploring as well the benefits of clustering several airports to define a robust, certain, and reliable system architecture.
Blockchain has been identified as one of the technologies that could enable a reliable exchange of valuable information across digital channels. It was developed in order to secure the exchange of financial value assets. The blockchain technology principles and its application in aviation IT, are currently under research. Prototypes have been developed and tested. Although this technology is a promising solution, many challenges regarding governance and cost of operation are still to be sorted out.