Date of Award

4-2019

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Department

Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering

Committee Chair

Radu F. Babiceanu, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Remzi Seker, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Jiawei Yuan, Ph.D.

Abstract

The aviation infrastructure is broadly composed of aircraft, air traffic control systems, airports and public airfields. Much attention has been given to physical security along the years this industry has been expanding; and now, in the new age of interconnection devices, a growing concern about cybersecurity has risen.

The never-ending improvement of new digital technology has given birth to a new generation of electronic-enabled (e-enabled) aircraft that implement a remarkable amount of new technologies such as IP-enabled networks, COTS (commercial off-the- shelf) components, wireless connectivity, and global positioning systems (GPSs). For example, aircraft manufacturers are building wireless systems to reduce the amount of wiring within an aircraft. The general purpose of this is the reduction in weight that helps an aircraft achieve lower fuel consumption, but it can result into a security issue since these wireless systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.

Therefore, since the aviation infrastructure has taken advantages of the era of technology and is providing unprecedented global connectivity, there is a need for an in-depth study of the measures being taken to mitigate the security vulnerabilities that these e-enabled aircraft technologies introduce that may have not been considered in the traditional aircraft design.

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