Cybersecurity in the airport sector
Already in 2021, the airport sector had become one of the key targets of cyber attackers worldwide. A risk that in 2020 alone presented an increase of 530% over previous years’ figures., according to data from the European organization Eurocontrol.
Bogota’s El Dorado Airport is one of the most important airports in South America, being the 2nd with the most traffic in the region (34.9 million travelers, 41 domestic and 45 international destinations, according to 2019 data). In addition, it was the first airport in the entire continent to receive 5 stars by Skytrax, a firm specializing in international transport quality.
Today, the concession management company, OPAIN, relies on Sofistic for the centralization of its cybersecurity, which has enabled a complete analysis and visualization of threats with a 98% reduction of incidents.
As a critical infrastructure, airport cybersecurity is vital to maintaining the flow of passengers and the integrity of its travelers’ data. Among the main challenges posed by the project, the following stood out:
Centralization of cybersecurity and increased levels of protection.
Attention to critical incidents in less than 2 hours.
Real-time threat visualization and classification through AI of the level of risk to speed up response.
Improved protection of teleworking equipment.
Measures implemented with the support of Sofistic
Infrastructure monitoring through AI
Thanks to the implementation of Darktrace, it was possible to monitor the network of all airport equipment, from offices to flight information screens, and even gates and cameras. The application of artificial intelligence enabled the prioritization of threats in incident management.
Advanced endpoint protection
Crowdstrike makes possible the detection of suspicious actions, including the detection of unknown malware, by analyzing the behavior of computers using AI. This tool replaces traditional anti-virus tools based on detection through signature databases.
Microsoft 365 environment securization
Through the application of more specific security settings in M365, visibility of all incidents and alerts on the platform is obtained while ensuring the management of user identities.
Threat monitoring with ATLANTIS SOC
Atlantis SOC monitors threats in 24×7 “follow the sun” service, distributed in 2 continents and prepared to maintain service before meteorological risks, catastrophes or massive attacks.
Reduction in the number of incidents
Behavioral profiles monitored at endpoints
Thinking about managing the cybersecurity of a critical infrastructure such as El Dorado International Airport is a great challenge that involves multipurpose technologies and a high technological level, as well as the urgent need for advanced planning and a high complexity of analysis to prevent cyber threats. This challenge can only be met with the right and reliable strategic partner. Sofistic has played a very important role for Opain in this aspect and has led the organization to a level of maturity in Cybersecurity that allows us to be leaders and pioneers in the sector. This challenge wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
Digital, cybersecurity and systems manager , El Dorado International Airport
Once again, Sofistic has sponsored the International Congress on Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention, this time together with Exabeam.
Cyberthreats are part of day-to-day business in the international aviation sector. These are organizations that, due to their criticality, are a major attraction for cyber-attacks worldwide.