Challenges of security and trust of mobile devices as digital avionics component

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Mobile devices are becoming part of modern digital avionics. Mobile devices can be applied to a range of scenarios, from Electronic Flight Bags to maintenance platforms, in order to manage and configure flight information, configure avionics networks or to perform maintenance tasks (including offloading flight logs). It can be argued that recent developments show an increased use of personal mobile devices playing an integral part in the digital avionics industry. In this paper, we look into different proposals for integrating mobile devices with various avionics networks -- either as part of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Corporate Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) paradigms. Furthermore, we will evaluate the security and trust challenges presented by these devices in their respective domains. This analysis will also include the issues related to the communication between the mobile device and aircraft network either via wired or wireless channels. Finally, the paper puts forward a set of guidelines with regards to the security and trust issues that might be crucial when enabling mobile devices to be part of aircraft networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS), 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2149-9
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016


  • Avionics
  • Secure Channel Protocols
  • Trusted Computing
  • Security
  • Reliability
  • Safety

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