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Controller–Pilot Data Link Communication Security

Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Campus Valla, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Communications and Transport Systems, Linköping University, Campus Norrköping, SE-601 74 Norrköping, Sweden
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Sensors 2018, 18(5), 1636;
Received: 16 April 2018 / Revised: 15 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 20 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Internet of Things)
The increased utilization of the new types of cockpit communications, including controller–pilot data link communications (CPDLC), puts the airplane at higher risk of hacking or interference than ever before. We review the technological characteristics and properties of the CPDLC and construct the corresponding threat model. Based on the limitations imposed by the system parameters, we propose several solutions for the improved security of the data messaging communication used in air traffic management (ATM). We discuss the applicability of elliptical curve cryptography (ECC), protected aircraft communications addressing and reporting systems (PACARs) and the Host Identity Protocol (HIP) as possible countermeasures to the identified security threats. In addition, we consider identity-defined networking (IDN) as an example of a genuine security solution which implies global changes in the whole air traffic communication system. View Full-Text
Keywords: cybersecurity; air traffic communication; controller–pilot data link; privacy; threat model cybersecurity; air traffic communication; controller–pilot data link; privacy; threat model
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Gurtov, A.; Polishchuk, T.; Wernberg, M. Controller–Pilot Data Link Communication Security. Sensors 2018, 18, 1636.

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