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Lockheed Martin Honors Two Wounded Army Veterans through Scholarship Program

PORTLAND, Maine, Nov. 13, 2017 -- The Beacon Group welcomes Major General James "Jim" Madora, as Senior Advisor for Beacon's Aerospace, Defense & Government practice. Major General Madora will work alongside Senior Vice President Matt Keegan and Beacon's President and CEO Cliff Farrah. Major General Jim Madora is a retired Army Major General who has over 10 years' experience in the defense industry.

"I am really looking forward to having Jim on the team.  I am certain he will offer sage wisdom and experience.  His expertise in air defense, national security, and business will help us provide our clients with top notch strategies," says Senior Vice President and ADG practice leader Matt Keegan.

Major General Madora has had a distinguished career in the United States Army.  His last assignment before retirement was as Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources.  In this role, he developed Army funding strategy and the 6 year $500B Army Program / Budget Plan.  During his career, Major General Madora commanded at platoon, company, battalion, brigade and general officer level.  He is a combat veteran and his numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 6 awards of the Legion of Merit, 3 awards of the Bronze Star and 3 awards of the Army Meritorious Medal.

"Major General Madora's addition to the team is a wonderful way to position the firm for our activities in 2018. As we recently observed Veterans Day, our firm is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of our country's finest and most knowledgeable veterans through our Senior Advisor Program. Major General Madora exemplifies the thought leadership and strategy acumen our clients value so highly," said Cliff Farrah, Beacon's President and CEO.  

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Jim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.  In addition, he received a State Department Fellowship to serve as the Army's representative to the United States State Department Senior Executive Seminar.  Major military schools attended include the United States Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Media Contact: Natalie Barr, [email protected]

Blue Ridge Networks to Demo BorderGuard Suite of Products and AppGuard at the Capital Cybersecurity Summit

The Capital Cybersecurity Summit will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and will feature distinguished keynote speakers and panels offering insights on emerging cybersecurity technologies, digital solutions, operations and enforcement from the private sector and government perspectives. FBI Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall will keynote the Summit's opening reception on November 14.

Blue Ridge will offer hands-on demonstrations of both its BorderGuard and AppGuard solutions.

Blue Ridge's BorderGuard suite of products isolate and contain operational technology (OT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems and networks from larger enterprise network vulnerabilities by virtually overlaying existing networking environments, creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain all communications within trusted environments. OT and IIoT devices within the BorderGuard-enabled enclave are not discoverable or addressable from other networks. By using an overlay approach, BorderGuard deployments do not require changes to network infrastructure. The products allow authorized remote access to devices, while maintaining multi-layer isolation from IT networks and even the endpoint PC used for access. This provides extensive protection against insider threats as well as malicious end-users, while allowing secure remote access.

AppGuard prevents malware from detonating without requiring scanning, updates, or signature-based detection, which can be easily defeated by new emerging undetectable malware attacks. It delivers valuable Indicators of Attack (IOA) well in advance of conventional detection, response, and containment products which typically rely on detecting and identifying Indicators of Compromise (IOC) after a compromise has already occurred.

For more information, visit:  www.blueridgenetworks.com or contact us at [email protected]

ABOUT BLUE RIDGE NETWORKS
Based in Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Networks is a visionary cybersecurity pioneer providing proven network breach prevention, secure remote access, and endpoint security solutions. Its BorderGuard suite of products isolate, contain, and protect operational technology and information technology systems by creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain network sessions for remote sites, users, and Industrial IoT devices.  Blue Ridge also provides AppGuard, an award-winning endpoint breach prevention solution that stops malware from detonating without requiring detection, scanning, or updates, thus preventing breaches from occurring that are undetectable and unstoppable by other methods. Blue Ridge solutions have protected critical operations for some of the largest US government, financial, infrastructure, and healthcare customers for more than twenty years with no reported breaches.

Cybersecurity Leaders to Probe Growing Threats to Our Political Campaigns and Electoral Process

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2017  -- The latest in a long-running series of open lectures on cybersecurity at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will unveil the growing intensity of cyber threat to the applications and systems supporting our national, state, and local elections.

 

The lecture, entitled "Democracy Confronts Cyber Insecurity," will be given by Ed Amoroso, newly appointed distinguished research professor at NYU Tandon and the NYU Center for Cyber Security. The former chief security officer of AT&T Services and an advisor to four presidential administrations, Amoroso is the CEO of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cybersecurity advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world.

During his lecture, Amoroso will probe critical risks to our infrastructure, survey how major political parties grapple with issues of cybersecurity, look back at previous presidential administrations and their security concerns, and offer advice on protecting our electoral systems from hacking.

A panel discussion will follow, featuring Austin Berglas, formerly of the FBI and now co-head of managed services and incident response at BlueteamGlobal; Tracie Grella, global head of cyber risk insurance at AIG;  Michael Higgins, chief information security officer of NBCUniversal; and Rick Howard, chief security officer of Palo Alto Networks. The experts will tackle the critical issue of how businesses and governments mitigate external digital risks to social, mobile, and web services. NYU Tandon Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Justin Cappos will moderate.

The event will take place at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 3 to 5:30 pm.

"Security issues increasingly arise outside the enterprise perimeter, often manifesting in social media botnets, malware-laden email payloads, and infected mobile apps," explained Amoroso, who has written six books and dozens of major papers on cybersecurity, holds 10 patents related to the field, and worked with four presidential administrations on national security and policy. "While enterprise teams have developed their skills to protect corporate and enterprise assets, dealing with security issues on the public Internet requires a different way of thinking."

Sponsored for the first time by AIG, the event is the ninth in a series on cybersecurity and privacy at NYU Tandon. The series has consistently drawn high-level representatives of New York's regional businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, media, and concerned members of the public.

"Our students and researchers are at the forefront of building more secure cyber technologies, and in the face of increasing cyber risks that have the potential to undermine systems and processes that we hold dear, their work has never been more vital," NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said. "We are honored to be affiliated with Ed Amoroso and proud to be hosting him and our esteemed panelists at this important and timely event."

Admission to the event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information and to register to attend or to view the live stream, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/events/2017/11/16/democracy-confronts-cyber-security. Viewers may submit questions for the panelists during the lecture at [email protected] or on Twitter @cyberlecture. Follow discussions at #NYUCyberLecture.

The NYU School of Engineering is an internationally recognized center for cybersecurity research, education, and policy. It has received all three Center of Excellence designations from the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command.  The School of Engineering joined with other NYU schools to form the Center for Cybersecurity. The consortium researches new approaches to security and privacy by combining security technology, psychology, law, public policy, and business. NYU Tandon's online master's program in cybersecurity was named the outstanding online program in the nation by the organization Sloan-C (now the Online Learning Consortium).

About the NYU Center for Cybersecurity

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy, legal, and technological landscape on issues of cybersecurity. It is a collaboration between NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and other NYU schools and departments. Its wide range of activities include student scholarships, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and educational events. For more information, visit http://cyber.nyu.edu.

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country's largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

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Blue Ridge Networks to Demo BorderGuard Suite of Products and AppGuard at the Capital Cybersecurity Summit

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 13, 2017 -- Blue Ridge Networks announced today that it will be exhibiting and providing demonstrations of its BorderGuard and AppGuard cybersecurity solutions at the second annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit on November 14-15, 2017, at Booth #36.

The Capital Cybersecurity Summit will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and will feature distinguished keynote speakers and panels offering insights on emerging cybersecurity technologies, digital solutions, operations and enforcement from the private sector and government perspectives. FBI Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall will keynote the Summit's opening reception on November 14.

Blue Ridge will offer hands-on demonstrations of both its BorderGuard and AppGuard solutions.

Blue Ridge's BorderGuard suite of products isolate and contain operational technology (OT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems and networks from larger enterprise network vulnerabilities by virtually overlaying existing networking environments, creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain all communications within trusted environments. OT and IIoT devices within the BorderGuard-enabled enclave are not discoverable or addressable from other networks. By using an overlay approach, BorderGuard deployments do not require changes to network infrastructure. The products allow authorized remote access to devices, while maintaining multi-layer isolation from IT networks and even the endpoint PC used for access. This provides extensive protection against insider threats as well as malicious end-users, while allowing secure remote access.

AppGuard prevents malware from detonating without requiring scanning, updates, or signature-based detection, which can be easily defeated by new emerging undetectable malware attacks. It delivers valuable Indicators of Attack (IOA) well in advance of conventional detection, response, and containment products which typically rely on detecting and identifying Indicators of Compromise (IOC) after a compromise has already occurred.

For more information, visit:  www.blueridgenetworks.com or contact us at [email protected]

ABOUT BLUE RIDGE NETWORKS
Based in Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Networks is a visionary cybersecurity pioneer providing proven network breach prevention, secure remote access, and endpoint security solutions. Its BorderGuard suite of products isolate, contain, and protect operational technology and information technology systems by creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain network sessions for remote sites, users, and Industrial IoT devices.  Blue Ridge also provides AppGuard, an award-winning endpoint breach prevention solution that stops malware from detonating without requiring detection, scanning, or updates, thus preventing breaches from occurring that are undetectable and unstoppable by other methods. Blue Ridge solutions have protected critical operations for some of the largest US government, financial, infrastructure, and healthcare customers for more than twenty years with no reported breaches.

United States, Qatar celebrate veterans, reinforce strong military ties on this Veterans Day

WASHINGTON,  Saturday, November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, a day honoring the men and women who have served in the American Armed Forces. In commemoration of this event, the State of Qatar recognizes the thousands of American servicemen and women who have been stationed (or are currently stationed) in Qatar for their contribution toward peace and stability in the region.

Qatar is continually thankful for the strong military relationship between itself and the United States. This partnership has been further strengthened with the recent opening of the new Qatar Defense Attaché Office in Washington, DC, headed by Brigadier General Yousef al-Kuwari. Reflecting on the upcoming holiday, General al-Kuwari offered the following thoughts: "On behalf of Qatar's Defense Attaché Office, we would like to join all Americans on this Veterans Day in honoring the men and women who have served their country. The spirit of a true hero is defined by the size of their heart and love for their country. The people in uniform of Qatar and the United States are exemplars of patriotism and national service."'

Admiral William Fallon USN (Ret.), former Commander of USCENTCOM and Board Member of the Qatar-America Institute, a U.S.-Qatar non-profit organization based in Washington, DC which seeks to enhance understanding and friendship between the people of Qatar and the U.S., had these remarks to share: "On this Veterans Day, 2017, people in the U.S.A. remember and honor the service that the men and women of our armed forces have offered to secure peace and liberty for their fellow Americans and in many distant parts of the world. It is particularly heartwarming to see our Qatari partners join in honoring veterans."

The United States and Qatar are longtime partners committed to preserving stability in the region through joint military operations and efforts against terrorism. Qatar is an inaugural member of the US-led counter-ISIL Coalition. Qatar is home Al Udeid Air Base, which is host to U.S. Central Command Forward, U.S. Air Force Central Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command Forward, the Combined Air Operations Center, and the 379th Air Wing. The growing number of American military personnel on the base – now upwards 10,000 – is a reflection of the trusted friendship and strong bilateral strategic relationship. 

alliantgroup Hosts Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge at its Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit

HOUSTON, -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and over 100 professionals, including current and former state officials, Congress members, executive officers, U.S. business leaders, CPA partners and business advisors from across the nation gathered for alliantgroup's inaugural Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit—an exclusive event created for the benefit of the firm's clients and CPA and industry partners.

During the two day conference, attendees were treated to a series of panels covering some of the most critical issues facing U.S. policymakers. Such topics included the impact of technology on the American workforce, the growing importance of cybersecurity, recent tax reform legislation and policy reforms that would foster a more technically skilled labor force and sustainable economic growth.

During the conference's keynote panel, former Secretary Ridge was joined by alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and the leaders of several technology alliances. With the advancement of new technologies and the Internet of Things making our world more connected, Ridge and the panel stressed how cybersecurity must become a primary focus for both the public and private sectors. The panel emphasized that while these new technologies have improved our overall quality of life and enhanced the efficiency of countless industries, from manufacturing to healthcare services, the growing connectivity of individuals, systems and networks has made the country more susceptible to cyberattacks.


"There is a greater threat today in my judgement of a cyberattack causing economic damage and potential personal injury and death than even a physical attack," said Ridge.

 

During the panel, Ridge and the other technology experts highlighted the importance of maintaining good safety protocols to identify and prevent attacks, from standardized employee procedures to ensuring firewalls and other security systems were up to date. The panel also stressed the importance of employees to maintain these best practices and to exercise good judgement.

"I would like to thank Secretary Ridge and everyone who took the time to attend this event," said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. "Our goal in hosting these conferences is to provide thought leadership to our CPA firms and the businesses they serve. By providing them with the information they need to stay ahead of emerging economic and policy trends, it is our hope that we are offering another avenue to ensure their continued success."

Those in attendance included former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Dean Zerbe, Private Equity and M&A Advisor Neeraj Mital, former IRS Commissioners Mark W. Everson, Steven Miller and Kathy Petronchak, and alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav.

alliantgroup is a leading tax consultancy and the nation's premier provider of specialty tax services. The firm assists U.S. businesses and their CPA advisors in properly identifying and claiming all federal and state tax incentives that were designed for their benefit. These incentive programs were created to help American businesses grow and remain competitive in an increasingly global economy. To date, alliantgroup has helped 12,000 U.S. businesses claim over $6 billion in tax savings. For more information on alliantgroup, please follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Infoscitex (IST) Awarded US Army Research Contract for SUMIT Evaluations

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., -- DCS Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Infoscitex Corporation (IST), has been awarded a 3-year research contract to participate in the Army's Synergistic Unmanned Intelligent Teaming (SUMIT) evaluations program. The SUMIT program will evaluate the impact of new and recent autonomy, decision aiding, and human-machine interface (HMI) technologies in Army Aviation missions. This exploratory research program is managed by the US Army Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Aviation Development Directorate. The overall program goal is to inform the Acquisition and User communities of emerging capabilities that can meet the demands of the Army's next generation Future Vertical Lift program.

Under the SUMIT contract, IST human systems engineers and simulation developers will integrate innovative and advanced Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUMT) enabling technologies onto the AMRDEC's Future Open Rotorcraft Cockpit Environment simulator. Leveraging the Fusion Advanced Human-Machine Interface framework and the Unmanned Air/Ground/Surface Autonomy Services (UxAS) automated route planning tool, IST will provide its specialized software suite Tasking and Execution of Collaborative Unmanned and Manned Systems with Autonomy (TECUMSA) for use in the SUMIT evaluations. IST will be assisted by aviation subject matter experts from Nobletech, Inc. and researchers from the University of Dayton Research Institute.

"We look forward to leveraging IST's deep autonomy and human systems expertise to assist the Army in improving its synchronization of manned-unmanned aircraft systems operating in a tactical environment," commented Jim Benbow, DCS Chief Executive Officer. "We are also excited for the opportunity to be a part of the ever growing technology sector in Huntsville and to bring expanded DCS/IST capability to our DoD customers on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and across the Army as part the Force Modernization effort."

About the Company

IST and its' parent company, DCS Corporation, offer advanced technology and management solutions to Government agencies in the DoD and national security sector. The transformative ideas, commitment to quality and entrepreneurial spirit that characterize our 1,100 employee-owners allow us to ensure the success of each client's mission and actively contribute to the well-being of the Nation. For more information please visit: http://www.infoscitex.com and https://www.dcscorp.com.

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center provides increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters through aviation and missile capabilities and life cycle engineering solutions.

Richard "Chip" Terry Vice President and Client Relations Executive for Federal Health and Defense Programs

BELTSVILLE, Md.,-- ASRC Federal has named retired Air Force Colonel Richard "Chip" Terry vice president and client relations executive for Federal Health and Defense Programs. Terry will provide strategic leadership to advance and foster ASRC Federal's partnerships with customers across military and civilian health agencies, as well as with the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

 

"We are delighted to welcome Colonel Terry to our team," said Mark Gray, ASRC Federal president and CEO. "His expertise and leadership in health information technology and military health systems are recognized throughout the civilian and defense health industry. Chip is an enterprise leader who drives tailored, responsive support to agencies and brings the qualities to this position that will deliver great value to our government customers and industry partners."

Before joining ASRC Federal, Terry most recently served as the Acting Military Health System (MHS) Chief Information Officer and Acting Director, Health Information Technology (HIT) (J-6), at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia, where he was responsible for global HIT operations supporting the Army, Navy and Air Force in more than one thousand locations.

Throughout his 30-year military career, he has served in a variety of senior executive healthcare leadership positions including Chief Information Officer for the Air Force Medical Service; Vice Commander for the Air Force Medical Support Agency; and Air Force Headquarters Deputy Assistant Surgeon General, Modernization.

Terry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1987 after receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.  He earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997 and is a board-certified fellow in healthcare management by the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

About ASRC Federal
ASRC Federal comprises a family of companies that deliver engineering, information technology, infrastructure support, professional and technical services to U.S. civil, defense, and intelligence agencies. ASRC Federal companies have employees in over 40 locations across the U.S. focused on providing reliable, cost-efficient services that help government customers achieve mission success. Headquartered in Beltsville, Md., ASRC Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. For more information, please visit: www.asrcfederal.com

Board Approves ERO Enterprise Long-Term Strategy; Accepts Special Assessment; Requests RISC Review of Resilience

NEW ORLEANS, – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s last Board of Trustees meeting of 2017 was held Thursday in New Orleans. Welcoming remarks were made by Leo Denault, chairman and chief executive officer of Entergy Corporation, who highlighted the importance of the work industry does assuring reliability; and Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who focused on resilience, urging the Electric Reliability Organization to continue its work based on data and facts. Other remarks were also provided by Travis Fisher, special advisor, Department of Energy; Asim Haque, chairman and CEO, Public Utilities Commission-Ohio; and Murray Doehler, past chair, CAMPUT.
Board Chair Roy Thilly discussed resilience, noting a strong consensus that it is already built into NERC’s efforts. However, he added, there is a need to look at the various components of resilience and build upon them. With that, the Board requested the Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) to review how NERC’s mission currently incorporates resilience of the bulk power system, consider working definitions of resilience and develop a framework for further discussion at the February Board meeting.
Gerry Cauley, president and CEO, reminded attendees in his remarks that the day marked the 52nd anniversary of the 1965 blackout that left more than 30 million people without power for up to 13 hours.“The 1965 event set the stage for who we are today,” Cauley stated. “Our job as the ERO is to identify existing and emerging risks and work with industry and policymakers to address them. We have done this on a variety of topics, including human error, equipment misoperations and the rapid change of the bulk power system.”
In Board action, the Board approved the 2018–2020 Reliability Standards Development Plan; the ERO Enterprise Long-Term Strategy; and the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program technology project.

  • The 2018–2020 Reliability Standards Development Plan focuses on periodic reviews, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission directives, emerging risks, Standard Authorization Requests and the standards grading initiative.
  • The ERO Enterprise Long-Term Strategy in 2017 looks ahead five-to-seven years to examine how changes in the industry will affect the ERO Enterprise now and in the future. The strategy highlights emerging and potential reliability impacts and incorporates recommendations from the Reliability Issues Steering Committee’s draft report. The ERO Executive Management Group, which is comprised of the CEOs from NERC and the Regions, has undertaken strategic and operational planning as an enterprise to guide coordinated operations and resource budgeting.
  • The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program Technology project is a suite of tools to integrate and share data. The project will better align the business processes of the ERO Enterprise by improving documentation, sharing and analysis of compliance work activities and by making CMEP activities more efficient and effective across the ERO Enterprise.

In other action, the Board adopted Reliability Standard TPL-007-2 – Geomagnetic Disturbance Mitigation, which establishes requirements for performing GMD vulnerability assessments using a modified GMD event. It also modifies established requirements pertaining to transformer thermal impact assessments, requires the collection of GMD-related data and deadlines for Corrective Action Plans and GMD mitigation actions.
The Board also accepted NERC’s Special Assessment: Potential Bulk Power System Impacts Due to Severe Disruptions on the Natural Gas System, which analyzed potential reliability impacts of natural gas disruptions. The growth of natural gas, wind and solar resources and the growing interdependence of the natural gas and electric infrastructure have resulted in new operational and planning reliability challenges. The assessment, which will be released next week, found that the impacts from natural gas facility disruptions vary depending on the location and infrastructure density and that mitigation strategies can reduce potential impacts.
Attendees were encouraged to participate in NERC’s grid security exercise – GridEx, which takes place November 15–16. Board presentations may be found by clicking here. The next Board of Trustees meeting is February 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Poland eyes cybersecurity in skies

Poland on Wednesday agreed to test a cybersecurity pilot programme for the aviation sector as Europe's EASA civil aviation authority tackles the potential threats posed by hackers to air traffic.
"We want to have a single point in the air transport sector that will coordinate all cybersecurity activities... for airlines, airports and air traffic," Piotr Samson, head of Poland's ULC civil aviation authority, said in Krakow, southern Poland, at a two-day conference co-hosted with the EASA.
While insisting that air travel is currently safe from cyber attacks, EASA executive director Patrick Ky told AFP it was incumbent on aviation authorities to take preventative measures to mitigate potential cyber-threats.
Polish officials attending the "Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation" conference also announced the creation of a "rapid reaction unit" for cybersecurity incidents.
Despite the assurances of experts in the field, computer systems failures triggered by hackers or accident have caused flight chaos in recent years.
Poland's flagship carrier LOT was briefly forced to suspend operations in June 2015 after a hack attack.
The airline's spokesman described the incident as the "first attack of its kind".
Thousands of British Airways passengers faced chaos in May as the airline was forced to cancel more than a hundred flights from London's Heathrow Airport following an IT system failure.
BA officials ruled out a cyber-attack, pointing instead to a power supply issue.
 Explore further: IT failure may have triggered Polish airline meltdown

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