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BAE Systems develops cyber threat detection for military aircraft

25 October 2017

BAE Systems is expanding its aircraft threat detection capabilities to go beyond kinetic threats into the cyber realm, developing new capabilities including systems analysis, reverse engineering, and intrusion detection, in order to defend aircraft from cyber attacks.

In particular, the company is looking to extend cyber protection to legacy aircraft, which were developed to be in service for decades and are fitted with complex systems creating an interconnected digital environment that could leave an aircraft vulnerable to cyber threats, David Woolrich, BAE Systems' programme manager for cyber warning, told Jane’s .

“We have more and more processing power, more lines of code, and that increases the surface area for a cyber attack against the systems,” Woolrich said.

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