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Munich Airport unveils new centre to fight cyber crime

Munich Airport today launched a new centre to defend it and the aviation industry against cyber crime 

Called the Information Security Hub (ISH), it will house a team of IT specialists who will work together with experts from the European aviation industry to develop strategies for defending against cyber attacks and new approaches to the fight against cybercrime.

According to the airport, there has been a massive increase in the number of cyber attacks on the IT systems of companies and public authorities in Germany in recent years, and it is no exception to the rule.

Indeed, it claims that the airport is the target of cyber attacks on a daily basis.
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"As an airport operating company, we are responsible for the functionality of critical infrastructure, and must take up the fight every day to ensure protection against cyber attacks," said Thomas Weyer, the gateway's CFO and director of infrastructure.

"Attacks on IT systems around the world have taken on new dimensions in terms of quality and quantity in recent years. New viruses, worms and malware are constantly being developed and turned loose on potential vulnerabilities in our IT systems.

"The further we move ahead with digitalisation, and the more functions are performed and networked by computers, the more potential points of attack they will present to global cyber criminals – and the more serious the potential consequences of targeted attacks will become."

The new competence centre at Munich Airport has four training rooms and IT labs, a control room and an amphitheatre for presentations and briefings.
All of the facilities are equipped with computers, network hardware, cameras and projectors. With this equipment, a group can carry out realistic attacks on IT systems for training purposes, for example, with a second group assigned to take defensive measures.

The work of the ISH will not be dedicated exclusively to IT security at the airport. Other activities will involve co-operation between companies and across industry boundaries.

Enterprises, public authorities and other institutions will have the opportunity to train security experts for their organisations and conduct detailed testing of innovative technologies and processes.

The main target group of the Information Security Hub is airports, airlines and other partners from the aviation industry that must meet the new regulatory requirements for the transportation sector as providers of critical infrastructure.

However, it reveals that the facilities and services will also be available to other companies and organisations from every possible sector. 

Airport operator FMG has worked closely with the IT security companies ERNW INSIGHT, HvS-Consulting and IT-CUBE SYSTEMS in setting up the ISH.


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