FAA Report Raises Questions About Air Traffic Control

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Sen. Nelson Raises Concerns

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Image courtesy of Sen. Bill Nelson.


WASHINGTON, D.C.A new report by the investigative arm of Congress raises questions about the cybersecurity of our nation’s air traffic control system saying that weaknesses are “placing the safe and uninterrupted operation … at increased and unnecessary risk.”

Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson

The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) came at the request of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who is the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.

“Of course, I’m alarmed,” Nelson told a CNN reporter today.

The Florida lawmaker said someone could potentially hack into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system and wreak havoc by causing delays, near misses or potentially even a disaster.

Nelson added he’s sending the FAA a letter today asking them to explain why this has happened; what they plan to do about it; and when they plan to have it corrected.

According to the GAO report,

“Until [the] FAA effectively implements security controls, establishes stronger agency-wide information security risk management processes, fully implements its NAS information security program, and ensures that remedial actions are addressed in a timely manner, the weaknesses GAO identified are likely to continue, placing the safe and uninterrupted operation of the nation’s air traffic control system at increased and unnecessary risk.”

Here’s a link to the GAO report.