Cybersecurity agency identifies risks in «Flights 2.0»

Cybersecurity agency identifies risks in "Flights 2.0"

Failures in travel procedures, passenger frustration and loss or breach of privacy are some of the risks pointed out by ENISA to the so-called «Internet of things» (Internet of Things – IoT), applied to the air travel scenario.

In a study entitled «Flying 2.0», the European cybersecurity agency also leaves a number of recommendations at various levels.

Following the European Commission’s communication on the «IoT Action Plan for Europe», ENISA’s analysis stresses that it is necessary to re-think, at the political level, in new business models, in facilitating the integration of instruments, processes and procedures and the development of adoption policies for data management and protection.

In the field of research, ENISA draws attention to aspects such as data and privacy protection, usability, development of different forms of authentication (for example, biometric procedures) or the proposal for light encryption protocols.

With regard to legislation, the agency considers that it is necessary to support users more in the use of their rights, to give more value to information and data and to harmonize the collection of data in airport stores and the effort of raising awareness of travelers about such data collection and processing.

«To take better advantage of the benefits of Internet of Things, it is necessary to identify and address the risks and challenges involved. These risks are not always related to the technology itself, but rather to the way we use it «, stresses Udo Helmbrecht, executive director of ENISA.