October 2020

 ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity is an online programming series 
on each Thursday in October 2020, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Registration is now open!




ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity is the only cybersecurity event dedicated solely to aviation and air traffic management.
In an environment that requires the utmost safety and redundancy, cyberthreats are particularly dangerous. Aviation and cybersecurity experts from across the country join in the conversation as ATCA once again delves into the intricacies of protecting our National Airspace System (NAS) and the flying public. Our programming series provides a fresh perspective on the impact of federal cybersecurity policies, industry initiatives, and cyber activity on engineering and operations in light of recent domestic and international cyber attacks.


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to take this event fully virtual. This increases our geographic reach to include more participants and to feature speakers who may not otherwise be available due to geography. And you'll have the best seat in the house for every session!

Our programming series will run each and every Thursday in the month of October – which is national cybersecurity month.

/ATCA Cybersecurity Resource Library
Check out our Cybersecurity Resource library via the button below – we'll be adding resources from the industry and from participants in our cybersecurity sessions.


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Do you have questions or needs for ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity? ATCA is ready to assist you.
Please use the information below to email the point of contact for each different areas of the event.

Questions about Exhibiting or Sponsorship? Contact Rugger Smith or Sandra Strickland.
Questions about the Conference Programming? Contact Abigail Glenn-Chase.
Questions about Registration/Invoicing/Payments? Contact Sandra Strickland.
Questions about Press & Media? Contact Glenn Cudaback.

Or call the ATCA Office at +1 703.299.2430 if your topic of choice is not represented above.


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ATCA welcomes members of the press and media to attend ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity. Press registrants get access to all conference sessions and breakouts. To register, e-mail glenn.cudaback@atca.org your name, title and name of media outlet.

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 Dates and Agendas

Friday, September 18, 2020:  Pre Event - ATCA's Tech Symposium_
/Do you understand your risks?

12:30 - 2:30 PM ET  

ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity Preview Workshop: Cyber Hygiene in a Time of Pandemic
Moderator:  Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies
Workshop Panelists: 
Vince Crisler, DarkCubed
John Grim, Verizon
Stacy Mill, State of Kansas
Jay Ryerse, CISSP, ConnectWise

<Abstract> The natural world offers a strong reference model for so much, especially the digital world. Just as we are reminded how useful good personal hygiene (hand washing, social distancing, etc.) is to the effective mitigation of viral spreading during a pandemic in the natural world, good cyber hygiene is equally effective in mitigating the spread of computer viruses in the digital world. The scariest part of COVID is what you don’t know. It’s the same with cybersecurity! Join us to explore how good cyber hygiene can help you remain safe and resilient during your online experiences, both personally and professionally.  Come away with fundamental strategies, techniques and practices that enable you to establish and maintain good cyber hygiene and make appropriate investments for a more cyber-secure future.

This workshop was open to the public and can be viewed on-demand.

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Thursday October 1, 2020: Aviation Cybersecurity Past and Present_
/Cybersecurity in Aviation and the Government: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Today 

12 – 12:10 PM     Welcome Remarks 
Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO, ATCA
Abigail Glenn-Chase, Director of Programming and Communications, ATCA

12:10 – 12.30 PM

12:30 – 1.20 PM



Presenter: Luci Holemans, FAA

Aviation Cyber Initiative (ACI): Reducing Cybersecurity Risk & Improving Resilience of the Aviation Ecosystem
Abigail Glenn-Chase, Air Traffic Control Association
Alan Burke, Department of Defense (DoD)
Siddharth Gejji, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Randy Talley, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

1:20 - 2:25 PM  

A Conversation with the FAA Cybersecurity Steering Committee
Justin Monti, CTO, W@tchTower

Jeffrey McCoy, Deputy Vice President for Technical Operations Service (ATO)
Larry Grossman, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Information Security and Privacy (AIS) and Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Dr. Thomas Littleton, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator of Airports (ARP)
Joseph Post, Acting Director, NAS Systems Engineering and Integration (ANG)
Andrew Orndorff, Associate CIO/Chief Information Security Officer (OST/DOT)

Susan Cabler, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division (AVS)
Leesa Papier, Director for National Security Programs and Incident Response (ASH)

<Abstract> The Cybersecurity Steering Committee is the driving force within the agency for identifying and addressing high-value risks to the agency’s Internet-based systems. Established in February 2014, the group fosters discussion across agency lines of business and staff offices. Its members come from the Office of Information and Technology Services, the ATO, Aviation Safety, the NextGen organization, Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, and the Department of Transportation.          

2:25 - 2:35 PM  

Closing and Next Session Preview
Robert V. Jones, PReSafe Technologies

    Registered attendees can now watch this session on demand.
A passcode to view this will be sent to the email address associated with your registration. 
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Thursday October 8, 2020: Aviation Cybersecurity Today_

/The Threat Landscape

12 – 12:05 PM    Welcome
12:05 – 12:55 PM   

Aviation Cybersecurity is National Security
A discussion with: 
Dr. Starnes Walker, MITRE
Marianne Bailey, Guidehouse

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12:55 – 2:10 PM   

Panel: Threat Hunting – Proactively Identifying Undetected Vulnerabilities and Reducing Risk in the Aviation Ecosystem

Moderator:  Tayo Olagunju,
 Manager of Cyber Testing, FAA
Anna Baron Garcia, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Dr. Damon McCoy, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Matthew O’Neill, US Secret Service
Colin Corlett, Excentium

<Abstract> The aviation ecosystem is a multi-layered network of intersecting elements that includes airlines, aircraft, actors (ie. people), and air traffic management technologies, among others. The network perimeter is near limitless and the threat surface is ever-expanding, driven by the introduction of modern technologies (IoT et al), capabilities, and services. The dynamic nature of this domain brings with it increasing cyber vulnerabilities and operational risks. Leading cybersecurity industry reports indicate on the order of 200 days elapse before organizations recognize that a cyber breach has occurred. That just doesn’t square with a 24-7 safety critical operation. Explore how threat hunting, the practice of proactively and iteratively searching for cyber threats that are lurking undetected by existing defenses in a network, improves our ability to identify vulnerabilities and reduce operational risks.

Registered attendees can now watch this panel on demand. 
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2:10 – 2:15 PM   

Closing and Next Session Preview 
Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies


Thursday October 15, 2020: Aviation Cybersecurity in the Near-Term_

/Increased Complexity, Increased Risk

12 – 12:05 PM    Welcome  
12:05 – 12:45 PM    Ticketing To Takeoff: An Airport Hacking Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
Presenter:  Elizabeth Wharton, SCYTHE.io

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12:45 – 2 PM 

Virtual Panel: “The Smarter Airports and Airplanes Get, The Smarter We Need to Get”
Moderator:  Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, US Air Force
Dan Diessner, Trust Framework Use Case & CONOPS Working Group Chair, ICAO
Ali Husain, SkyGrid
Maarten van der Lee, Frequentis
Patrick Morrissey, Collins Aerospace

<Abstract> The airport of the future will not only be the foundation of efficient air travel, but it will interact directly and indirectly by rail, road, and other forms of personal and shared travel. It will serve travelers, cargo, and modern aircraft among other customers. At this very moment, plans are underway to build modern airport facilities with the capacity to serve over 100 million passengers annually, via over 80 gates and seven runways, with parking for upward of 100,000 vehicles, complemented by sprawling retail centers, hotels, convention centers, and residential communities. They will showcase technology and innovation to deliver a seamless, frictionless experience to the contemporary traveler, with capacity for the largest, fastest, and most advanced aircraft to take off, land, and taxi. In tandem with the modern airport is the modern, sophisticated aircraft. Aircraft today are essentially computers with wings. Many navigate themselves from just after takeoff to just before landing. They offer the most advanced amenities that travelers can imagine, including personalized entertainment, global network connectivity, five-star dining experiences, customized accommodations, and deluxe personal care facilities, among others. The systems on modern aircraft rely on, interpret, and generate vast amounts of data. One trans-Atlantic flight can generate around 240 terabytes of data. And both airports and aircraft consume considerable energy during operations. With seemingly infinite points of entry, how can we ensure cybersecurity?

Registered attendees can now watch this panel on demand. 
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2 – 2:50 PM    Trust No One: A Zero Trust NAS in a World of New Users, Clouds, DevOps & More!
A discussion with:
David Almeida, LS Technologies
Joshua Gustin Communication, Information, and Network Programs, ATO, FAA 

Ted Rush, Enterprise Cyber Architecture, Design, and Solution, ATO, FAA

<Abstract> This discussion will consider applying zero trust architecture and engineering concepts to new NAS operations that feature new NAS users, new cloud technologies, and new development processes. Finding solutions that introduce innovation, while maintaining NAS safety and security imperatives is a priority!

This discussion is open to the public to view on-demand. 

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2:50 – 3 PM  

Closing and Next Session Preview
Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies



Tuesday October 20, 2020: FAA Cybersecurity Awareness Symposium_

As part of October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, please join us for this year’s FAA Cybersecurity Awareness “Cyber Day” Symposium on
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 9:00AM to 3:30PM EST.


This year’s event will be virtual and, again, joint hosted between the Office of Information Security and Privacy Service (AIS) and the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Cybersecurity Group (ACG). To build upon last year’s theme “Securing the Aviation Ecosystem,” this year’s theme/focus has been updated to “Securing the Aviation Ecosystem: Cyber Hygiene in the Time of COVID.”


As always, our goal is to promote cybersecurity awareness, collaboration, and partnerships between the FAA, Interagency Stakeholders, Industry, and Academia. This year’s focus places an emphasis on cyber hygiene best practices & the pandemic’s present & future impact on the agency’s cybersecurity posture. Through information sharing, we can strengthen the cybersecurity of the aviation ecosystem and meet our shared mission to provide the safest and most efficient aviation system in the world. This event will be a great opportunity to discuss and find solutions to current security challenges as well as gain practical advice from peers and leading industry experts.


Please visit https://www.faa.gov/go/cas for more information, including instructions on how to register.



Thursday October 22, 2020: Aviation Cybersecurity of the Future_

/Cybersecurity Integration: From Acquisition to Airspace

12 – 12:05 PM ET   Welcome
12:05 – 12:45 PM ET     Keynote/Tech Talk
Joseph F. Bradley, USAF  

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12:45 – 2 PM    

Virtual Panel: “Cyber from the Ground Up: Integrating Cybersecurity into a Holistic Airspace”
Moderator:  Dennis Sawyer, MITRE
Joe Folk, Verizon
Capt. Tim Hill, US Navy
Steven Oliver, Integration Outreach & Planning, FAA
Ted Rush, Enterprise Architecture Manager, FAA
Teresa Shea, Raytheon

<Abstract> Anyone who has ever bought a newly-released next-generation smart phone knows that with brag-worthy new capabilities often come a whole lot of glitches that need fixes. Making sure your calendars sync or that you can upload videos to your favorite social media platforms is important, but let’s face it, no one will get hurt if your Amazon app crashes. Not exactly the same when you consider safety-critical air traffic management (ATM) infrastructures and enabling technology. So, why does cybersecurity often seem like an afterthought, bolted on after development and production and then reliant on patches and fixes to ensure ongoing security as threats emerge and threat actors evolve? Today’s aerospace system is a complex system of systems, so think about how much more complex it’ll be in a decade or five! Today's system requires more connectivity and enhanced telecommunication services to support the Internet of Things (IoT), sensor technology, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and machine learning in the ATM operation. Meanwhile, clueless, careless, and criminal actors can and will endanger a safety-critical system built on redundancy and data integrity. But what will it take to bake cybersecurity into the systems that enable safe ATM operation and throughout the supply chain? 

 2 – 2:10 PM  

Closing Remarks: ATCA Cybersecurity Programming Committee Chair 
Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies

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Thursday October 29, 2020: Aviation Cybersecurity Challenges and Opportunities_

/Go Forth and Protect

12 – 12:10 PM    Welcome
12:10 – 12:45 PM    Mechanisms for Air Traffic Security and their Integration into the ATC Infrastructure
Presenter: Dr. Christina Pöpper, NYU Abu Dhabi

Aviation security and secure surveillance/control are crucial for the safety of air traffic. In this talk, I will present core ideas of different security mechanisms for air-traffic-related security that we recently developed. In particular, I will talk about (1) Crowd-GPS-Sec, a system to detect and localize GPS spoofing attacks on moving airborne targets such as UAVs or commercial airliners, as well as about (2) MAVPro and ADS-B-Trust, two systems for ADS-B spoofing detection. I will then discuss the potential for the integration of these systems and mechanisms into the ATC infrastructure and am hoping to initiate an open discussion on this topic. 

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12:45 – 1:45 PM  

Virtual Panel: “Modern Strategies for Protecting Users and Data in a Borderless World”
Moderator:  Dr. Remzi Seker, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Reed Porada, MassDOT
Prof. Robert Richardson, National Defense University
Robert Segers, FAA

<Abstract> As the National Airspace System (NAS) evolves, expands and transforms, modern cybersecurity requires a new approach and mindset change. Numerous cyber strategies have come forward inclusive of Zero Trust, etc., as traditional cyber approaches continue to fail in attempting to keeping the threat out. Humans are the new perimeters. Attackers are compromising access, guaranteed and understanding the behavior of users interacting with data is the modern attackers’ kryptonite. This session will deliver five strategies to implement today, with the intent to create efficiencies and enhance proactive security effectiveness and remain flexible to anticipate and manage the ever-dynamic threat landscape.


1:45 – 2:15 PM    Cybersecurity and Capitol Hill  
Presenter: Norma Krayem, Van Scoyoc Associates

<Abstract> We've tackled technology, we've explored integration. Now let's go to Washington and learn how Congress is responding to cybersecurity, from privacy to warfare.  How is policy evolving to meet new challenges of the digital world?
2:15 – 2:25 PM    Closing Remarks 
Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies
Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA

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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert

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