The aviation sector represents a high-profile threat environment that experiences a variety of state-nexus and criminally-motivated cyber activity.

The value gained from targeting airlines and airports for state intelligence collection purposes is significant. Moreover, those same entities also afford eCrime actors, particularly those interested in Big Game Hunting (BGH), potentially lucrative victims. Given the critical nature of aviation organizations in supporting both domestic and international commerce, they are more likely to absorb the cost of paying ransom demands in order to restore regular system operability. Additionally, airline companies and manufacturers of aviation equipment may make for attractive targets for hacktivist entities due to the potential for high operational impact and rapid media coverage amplification as well as their relationships with national governments.

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