The Munich Airport has launched an Information Security Hub (ISH) where IT specialists with the airport operating company FMG will work together with experts from the European aviation industry to develop strategies for defending against cyberattacks and new approaches in the fight against cybercrime.
In recent years, attacks on the IT systems of companies and public authorities in Germany have increased, and Munich Airport also is the target of daily cyberattacks. “As an airport operating company, we are responsible for the functionality of critical infrastructure and must take up the fight every day to ensure protection against cyberattacks,” said Thomas Weyer, chief operating officer and director of infrastructure at FMG.
The main users of the Information Security Hub will be airports, airlines and other partners from the aviation industry that must meet the new regulatory requirements for the transportation sector as providers of critical infrastructure. However, the facilities and services will also be available to other companies and organizations.
The hub has four training rooms and IT labs, a control room and an amphitheater for presentations and briefings. All are equipped with computers, network hardware, cameras and projectors so a training group can carry out realistic attacks on IT systems with a second group assigned to take defensive measures.