Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Handling 1 TB data daily, Kempegowda International Airport looks to prevent leaks

Bengaluru:  As threat perceptions of cybercrime increase in the aviation sector, airports across the world are gearing up to tackle them, given that they sit on large sets of data and are heavily dependent on computer systems for daily operations.
In line with the global trend, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which operates Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), is also in the process of acquiring and implementing new tools that prevent data theft and leakage, apart from restricting access to outsiders.

KIA handles a whopping 1TB of data every day, including personal information of passengers and critical information of airlines. Given the high dependence on computerised automated systems to run daily operations, outsiders gaining access to servers could cripple the airport within minutes.

So far, there has been no data leakage or intrusion reported at KIA, but Arvind Mathur, chief technology officer, BIAL, said: “We are implementing data leakage prevention (DLP) solution, distributed denial of service (DDoS) solution, privileged identity/access management and advanced endpoint security solution, which will strengthen the cyber safety mechanism.”
12/12/18 Times of India
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