Cyber security in aviation: The woman who saw the tsunami coming

From: RunwayGirlNetwork

By Maryann Simson

As a forensic chemist dealing in explosives and crime scene investigation, Boeing’s Faye Francy spent the first half of her career analyzing the ugly aftermath of malicious attacks on aviation. Now, in a parallel role as executive director of the recently formed Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC), she’s making it her goal in the second half to stop, or at very least mitigate the impact cyber attacks on industry stakeholders.

“I thought it would be nice to get on the other side and help prevent some of these things from happening,” Francy told RGN. “So I did a lot of research and development, where I learned about networks and the impact they were having. I recognized the tsunami was coming a few years ago and that it was really going to be critical for us to secure our networks from air-to-ground, on the ground and on board the aircraft.”

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