The GAO has released its latest audit report on the FAA’s NextGen Air Traffic Management system. The reports updates the original GAO’s report and when read in conjunction with the original gives an excellent insight into how difficult cybersecurity can be across a national infrastructure program, like really, really difficult. At least they’re not trying to integrate military and civilian airspaces at the same time 🙂
My analogy is that on the cyber security front we’re effectively asking the FAA to hold a boulder over its head for the next five years or so without dropping it. And if security isn’t built into the DNA of NextGen? Well I leave it you dear reader to ponder the implications of that, in this ever more connected world of ours.