UN aviation body ICAO will recommend creating a cyber security task force at a meeting next week in Canada. A task force is needed due to an increasing reliance on interconnected IT systems with operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, and protocols such as IPv6 and Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX). A recent paper from the ICAO noted that the current pace and extent of new information technologies is notably increasing the risk from cyber attacks. The real worry is in ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance broadcast), the next-generation protocol used by air traffic control systems to track
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