Research shows 83% of airlines feel increased pressure to respond to IT security threats.
A survey of 152 airlines by IT services firm Sita found the pressure is mounting for airlines to respond. A similar Sita survey conducted last year found that 80% of airlines were feeling the pressure.
According to the survey, airlines are responding to the challenge by creating dedicated security management teams, which are now operational at 63% of the respondent airlines.
This is up from 55% in the previous year. There is also a significant shift to using the specialist IT services from third parties, up from 22% to 36% in a year.
Reasons cited for the increased concern about IT security include the overall growth in passenger numbers the migration to IP-enabled networks and the expanded use of open systems to facilitate self-service, including advance web check-ins.
Three-quarters of respondents said the migration to IP-based networks increases exposure to security breaches, which need to be addressed.