September 20-21, 2021

 ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity is an online programming series 
held on Monday, September 20 - Tuesday, September 21.
Registration is 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 made the decision to take this event fully virtual in 2020. We will continue to hold and conduct this as a virtual event in 2021. 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 will run from September 20 from 12– 4:15 PM and on September 21 from 9 AM – 4:30 PM.

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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 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  Alana Nakte.

Or call the ATCA Office at +1 703.299.2430.


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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 your name, title and name of media outlet.

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SCHEDULE: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

12 – 12:30 PM Symposium Begins Welcome and Opening Remarks: 
Peter F. Dumont, ATCA
Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA

Robert V. Jones, CISSP
12:30 – 1:45 PM Symposium Session

Threat Intelligence and Mitigation in the Aviation Ecosystem 
Speakers: TBA
Abstract: In June, Bloomberg Press reported that hackers entered the Colonial Pipeline Co. network through a virtual private network account that was no longer in use. This is tantamount to leaving the back door of your home ajar. The aviation ecosystem is a multi-layered network of intersecting elements in the aviation domain. The network perimeter is near limitless, and the threat surface is ever expanding. Based on an IBM analysis of over 500 security incidents in 2020, the average time to detect and contain a cyber-attack is more than 270 days. In the face of relentless threats to computing infrastructure, and the potential for massive, unexpected disruption to the norm, what more is required to maintain the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of services throughout (not to mention the privacy of passengers and customers)? Monitoring is crucial, but are we being vigilant enough? What contemporary approaches can we apply to improve cyber hygiene, mitigate vulnerabilities, reduce risk, and advance safety for the flying public? This panel will explore strategies for establishing and maintaining a secure posture based on active cyber defense activities that include vigilant monitoring and processes to proactively search through networks to detect and isolate advanced threats that evade existing security solutions. Join us and learn more about key metrics that are simple and fundamental to a secure aviation ecosystem.

2 – 3 PM Symposium Session Understanding the Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity
Norma Krayem, Van Scoyoc Associates
Donald Heckman, Guidehouse
Abstract: In May 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 14028. The EO establishes a consistent and effective level of cybersecurity readiness across the US and especially within the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including transportation. The EO emphasizes that federal government, in partnership with the private sector, enhance their working to improve our collective ability to identify, deter, protect against, detect, and respond to malicious cybersecurity actions and actors through bold actions and significant investments. So, what does the Executive Order contain? What does this mean for the aviation sector? What does it require from stakeholders? What is the timeline for action? This session will explore these questions, and more, as well as offer insight on how to prepare for what’s ahead.

3:15 – 4:15 PM  Symposium Session Wrangling the Cyber Rodeo: A Roundtable with the ACI Tri-Chairs
Facilitator: Shelley Yak, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative (ACI) Tri-Chairs:
Sidd Gejji, FAA

Randy Talley, DHS
Alan Burke, DOD

4:15 PM 
Symposium Session

Q&A and Closing 

SCHEDULE: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9 AM Symposium Session


9:15 – 10:30 AM  Symposium Session Government Cybersecurity Initiatives: Roll Call and Update
Abstract: In 220 B.C.E. Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang united a long, fragmented series of protective barriers and fortresses into one nearly impenetrable wall. Over the coming millennia, the empire continuously strengthened vulnerable parts of the Great Wall using modernized techniques. They added watchtowers and weaponized them, knowing that the best defense is a good offense. The weapons, too, evolved over time, becoming more effective as technology improved. Today, 2200 years later, we’ll need more than catapults and longbows to battle today’s sophisticated cyber threats. The threat landscape may have changed, but remain responsible for protecting their citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Bolstered by a new executive order, the U.S. federal government is taking holistic, thoughtful steps to harden vast networks of independent systems, many of which enable and protect critical infrastructure. Join us for this can’t-miss panel of federal leaders and learn more about how agencies are working together to combat this most insidious threat to national security.

10:45 AM – 12 PM

Symposium Session  Hardening the System in the Dawn of Ubiquitous Connectivity and AI/ML
Moderator:  Mary Mayonado, SAIC
Abstract: At the ATCA Technical Symposium in May, we focused on emerging computing technology, specifically trends in predictive analytics and AI. What we learned made it clear that we need to drill down on how to proactively protect these powerful new systems. Security and data integrity are absolutely key as we start looking at the future ecosystem, especially considering the ongoing integration of airspace users, including UTM, UAM, and commercial space, and the burgeoning use of AI in the cockpit and in ATC facilities. As the evolution of data-centric operations drives us from a reactive ATM ecosystem to a more predictive ATM environment, what new cybersecurity tactics will need to employed? How do we ensure a safe NAS when computers are designed to evolve themselves? How will our understanding of vulnerability change? What new skills may be required in the workforce?  Join our panel of experts and explore the future of cybersecurity. 
12 – 12:45 PM  Symposium Session  Bring Your Own Lunch Keynote Address with Luci Holemans, FAA  
3:15 – 4:30 PM  Symposium Session              ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity Roundtable Discussion
"Exploring the How: Applying What We Have Learned"

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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.)

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