International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations highlights the need for strong cybersecurity and support for innovation at ICAO’s AVSEC Symposium

September 9, 2021, Montréal Speaking at the ICAO AVSEC Symposium, Nina Brooks, Vice President at ICCAIA, reflected on the changes in aviation security in the 20 years since the tragic events of 9/11. Highlighting the evolution from manual processing, through automation to a new era of digital transformation, she identified the benefits and challenges that automation and connectivity bring. 

Looking forward to future technologies, she noted that security will become more integrated, saying that “a holistic security scheme, considering operational interaction between screening and other layers like intelligence, airline operations and aircraft design will bring new opportunities for risk assessment and detection.”  

She noted that innovation, automation, integration and reliance on digital solutions comes particularly with the challenge of cybersecurity, welcoming the new cross-cutting approach being taken by ICAO to the subject. “It will be important to work across disciplines, including airworthiness, safety, security and air traffic management, as well as engaging experts from within and outside the aviation industry.”

She also highlighted the need for a regulatory framework that supports innovation with room for flexibility, easier paths for certification for new technologies and encouragement for testing and trialling new solutions.


The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) represents manufacturers and service providers for a safe, secure, sustainable and efficient international air transportation system. 

ICCAIA’s members are engaged in the design, development, manufacture and in-service support of aeronautical and space products and technologies, including related ground-based systems and services.

Recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ICCAIA provides an avenue for the world’s aerospace manufacturers and service providers to offer their industry expertise toward the development of the international standards and regulations necessary for the safety, security, efficiency, and sustainability of air transport.

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