A formal International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) declaration on boosting cyber-security in civil aviation has been approved at an inaugural Cyber Summit and Exhibition staged by the UN agency in Dubai.
The Dubai Declaration urges member states to outlaw cyber threats targeted at civil aviation. They should actively combat cyber threats against the sector, while ensuring that their aviation-linked internet capabilities should be used only for peaceful aims.
The Declaration also called for member states and the industry to co-operate on boosting aviation cybersecurity, adding that governments must consider cybersecurity issues when undertaking any civil aviation work.
In order to underpin this work, ICAO member states should adopt and implement the 2010 Beijing Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation, under which governments agreed to criminalise certain terrorist actions against civil aviation.
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