FAA wants to increase cybersecurity of National Airspace System

“The Federal Aviation Administration is working on a new IT contract for managing its most sensitive systems and wants to hear about new ways to add extra layers of cybersecurity on the network that manages the nation’s air travel…”

“’The increase in nationally impacting cyber threats and emergency directives is incentivizing the FAA to be more aggressive in its pursuit of protection capabilities,’ according to a request for information, which cites specific technologies and security techniques such as zero trust and software-defined networking.

Currently, the agency secures its systems at the network level through vendors on the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure, or FTI, contract. FAA is working on a follow-on to that contract—dubbed FAA Enterprise Networking Services, or FENS—that will also include security services…”

“The eventual contract will look to include solutions for at least eight security needs:

  • Secure communications between trusted endpoint devices.
  • Application performance monitoring.
  • Dynamic path selection where available.
  • In-depth visibility into end-to-end network and application performance.
  • The ability to implement granular security policies.
  • Protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks.
  • Threat intelligence with a unified threat management.
  • Next-generation firewall and intrusion detection and prevention capabilities.

The RFI includes 37 questions for industry. Responses are due by 5 p.m. May 17…” Read the full article here.

Source: In Wake of Recent Breaches, FAA Wants to Up Cybersecurity of National Airspace System – By Aaron Boyd, April 28, 2021. Nextgov.

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