SD offers aviation cyber-threat awareness course


Satcom Direct (SD) is offering a new course designed to enable end users to minimise digital risk and ensure company compliance, through simple changes to their digital behaviour and device handling. The Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course is an online, self-paced programme.

SD has designed the course specifically for users of computers, mobile devices, networks and internet services, including members of flight departments, operators, crew and passengers.

The programme explores how human and technical factors impact cyber security. Modules detail best practices for implementing data security compliance, identifying common hacking and attack methodology, and how to recognise and mitigate inherent vulnerabilities on the ground or in the air.

In addition, the course explores the importance of protecting data during international travel and is complemented by information relating to the use of personal digital devices before, during and after a flight.

“The threat of cyber events continues to escalate in business aviation,” said John Kummer, senior vice president of strategy and programmes at SD. “It is not a matter of if a cyber event will occur, but when, so we wanted to provide our customers with an accessible course that supports cyber-threat prevention from an aviation user and facilitator, rather than purely technological, perspective. With the rise of increasingly sophisticated bad actors there is a clear and present danger that all flight departments, corporate fleets and business aviation stakeholders should be aware of. This course helps to clarify weak points, whether they be technical or human behaviour related, and provides solutions that will strengthen data practices.”

More than 1,000 professionals have successfully completed SD training offerings, including the certified aeroIT course for aviation IT professionals and aeroCNCT for flight crew members. “The combination of our digital learning management system, and in-person tailored connectivity courses, increases access to this critical information,” said Kummer. “We are pleased to provide an educational platform that enhances the skills and knowledge of our customers, colleagues and the business aviation sector globally.”

The Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course and other training programmes are available for enrolment via SD’s website.

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