Friday, September 12, 2014

FAA Expanding Aircraft Cybersecurity Coverage

Today the FAA published two notices in the Federal Register (79 FR 54572-54574 and 79 FR 54574-54575) establishing Special Conditions for cybersecurity requirements for Bombardier BD-500-1A10 and BD-500-1A11 series airplanes. Separate requirements were established to protect aircraft control systems from unauthorized external access and internal access. The requirements are identical to those I reported on for Airbus Model A350-900 airplanes.

It appears that the FAA will continue to treat cybersecurity on a Special Conditions basis rather than to amend their airworthiness regulations {14 CFR Part 25}. Perhaps congressional action is necessary.

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