September 20-21, 2021

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ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity is the only cybersecurity event dedicated solely to aviation and air traffic management.
In an environment that requires the utmost safety and redundancy, cyberthreats are particularly dangerous. Aviation and cybersecurity experts from across the country join in the conversation as ATCA once again delves into the intricacies of protecting our National Airspace System (NAS) and the flying public. Our programming series provides a fresh perspective on the impact of federal cybersecurity policies, industry initiatives, and cyber activity on engineering and operations in light of recent domestic and international cyber attacks.



In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to take this event fully virtual in 2020. We will continue to hold and conduct this as a virtual event in 2021. This increases our geographic reach to include more participants and to feature speakers who may not otherwise be available due to geography. And you'll have the best seat in the house for every session!

Our programming will run from September 20 from 12– 4:15 PM and on September 21 from 9 AM – 4:30 PM.

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SCHEDULE: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Symposium Begins Welcome and Observations: 
Abigail Glenn-Chase, ATCA
Neil Planzer, ATCA
Benjamin Mourad, SAIC
Gavin Grounds, Verizon

Robert V. Jones, CISSP, PReSafe Technologies
12:30 – 1:45 PM Symposium Session

Threat Intelligence and Mitigation in the Aviation Ecosystem 

Moderator: Colin Corlett, CISSP, Excentium, Inc.
Teresa Shea, Raytheon Intelligence and Space
Jim Uhing, L3Harris Technologies
Elizabeth Wharton,
Suzanne Lemieux, American Petroleum Institute
Dr. Dennis Ross, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Abstract: In May, the Colonial Pipeline Co. was the victim of a ransomware attack that likely gained access to their IT network through a legacy virtual private network account that was no longer in use. This example, and the many high profile ransomware attacks that have come since, highlights the need for increased vigilance against cyber threats to all forms of critical infrastructure and critical services. The aviation ecosystem is a multi-layered network of intersecting elements in the aviation domain. The network perimeter is near limitless, and the threat surface is ever expanding. Based on an IBM analysis of over 500 security incidents in 2020, the average time to detect and contain a cyber-attack is more than 270 days. In the face of relentless threats to computing infrastructure, and the potential for massive, unexpected disruption to the norm, what more is required to maintain the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of services throughout (not to mention the privacy of passengers and customers)? Monitoring is crucial, but are we being vigilant enough? What contemporary approaches can we apply to improve cyber hygiene, mitigate vulnerabilities, reduce risk, and advance safety for the flying public? This panel will explore strategies for establishing and maintaining a secure posture based on active cyber defense activities that include vigilant monitoring and processes to proactively search through networks to detect and isolate advanced threats that evade existing security solutions. Join us and learn more about key metrics that are simple and fundamental to a secure aviation ecosystem.


2 – 3 PM Symposium Session
Understanding the Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity
Norma Krayem, Van Scoyoc Associates
Donald Heckman, Guidehouse
Abstract: In May 2021, the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 14028. The EO establishes a consistent and effective level of cybersecurity readiness across the US and especially within the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including transportation. The EO emphasizes that federal government, in partnership with the private sector, enhance their working to improve our collective ability to identify, deter, protect against, detect, and respond to malicious cybersecurity actions and actors through bold actions and significant investments. So, what does the Executive Order contain? What does this mean for the aviation sector? What does it require from stakeholders? What is the timeline for action? This session will explore these questions, and more, as well as offer insight on how to prepare for what’s ahead.

3:15 – 4:15 PM  Symposium Session Wrangling the Cyber Rodeo: A Roundtable with the ACI Tri-Chairs

Facilitator: Shelley Yak, FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center
Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative (ACI) Tri-Chairs:
Sidd Gejji, FAA

Randy Talley, DHS
Alan Burke, DOD

 4:15 PM Symposium Session Q&A and Closing 
SCHEDULE: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9 AM Symposium Session


9:15 – 10:30 AM  Symposium Session Government Cybersecurity Initiatives: Roll Call and Update

Moderator: Larry Grossman, Director, Information Security & Privacy Services, CISO, FAA
Dr. Paul Black, NIST
Lynne Clark, NSA
Alan Burke, DoD
Kenneth Freeman, NASA
Tayo Olagunju, ATO, FAA
 In 220 B.C.E. Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang united a long, fragmented series of protective barriers and fortresses into one nearly impenetrable wall. Over the coming millennia, the empire continuously strengthened vulnerable parts of the Great Wall using modernized techniques. They added watchtowers and weaponized them, knowing that the best defense is a good offense. The weapons, too, evolved over time, becoming more effective as technology improved. Today, 2200 years later, we’ll need more than catapults and longbows to battle today’s sophisticated cyber threats. The threat landscape may have changed, but remain responsible for protecting their citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Bolstered by a new executive order, the U.S. federal government is taking holistic, thoughtful steps to harden vast networks of independent systems, many of which enable and protect critical infrastructure. Join us for this can’t-miss panel of federal leaders and learn more about how agencies are working together to combat this most insidious threat to national security.

10:45 AM – 12 PM


Symposium Session  Hardening the System in the Dawn of Ubiquitous Connectivity and AI/ML
Moderator:  Mary Mayonado, SAIC
Dr. Arlene Espinal
Hector Morales, FAA TechOps
Dr. Remzi Seker, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Gavin Grounds, Verizon
Kenneth Freeman, NASA
Abstract: At the ATCA Technical Symposium in May, we focused on emerging computing technology, specifically trends in predictive analytics and AI. What we learned made it clear that we need to drill down on how to proactively protect these powerful new systems. Security and data integrity are absolutely key as we start looking at the future ecosystem, especially considering the ongoing integration of airspace users, including UTM, UAM, and commercial space, and the burgeoning use of AI in the cockpit and in ATC facilities. As the evolution of data-centric operations drives us from a reactive ATM ecosystem to a more predictive ATM environment, what new cybersecurity tactics will need to employed? How do we ensure a safe NAS when computers are designed to evolve themselves? How will our understanding of vulnerability change? What new skills may be required in the workforce?  Join our panel of experts and explore the future of cybersecurity.
12:15 – 1 PM  Symposium Session  Trust, Verified! - Collaboration with DoD on Cyber
Keynote Address by Luci Holemans, FAA

Abstract: The FAA Air Traffic Organization adopted ATO Cybersecurity Principles to guide the organization’s approach to cybersecurity. Collaboration is a central tenet running through these Principles and permeates the culture of the ATO Cybersecurity Group as well as the whole of the ATO. Hear from Luci Holemans as she shares her perspective on collaboration as a vital tool that the FAA and DoD are employing for strengthening cybersecurity.  The FAA and DoD both operate critical infrastructure that includes common systems such as the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) and Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR-11).  These safety-critical systems require a high-level of collaboration to ensure their continued security.  Performing collaborative functions such as Security Authorization Reciprocity and risk information sharing supports efficiency of operations, mutual awareness of potential cyber threats, and standardization of security best-practices.  Luci will also reflect on her detail with the DoD that focused on securing Industrial Control System (ICS)/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) assets and Cybersecurity Maturity Modeling (CMM) and how she is applying that experience in her ATO Cybersecurity Group Manager role at the FAA.
1:30 - 2:30 PM  Symposium Session NEW! Impactful and Successful Cybersecurity Exercises
Presenter:  Anthony Rood, MITRE 
Abstract: Cybersecurity-based exercises are an invaluable tool in your cyber arsenal.  A well planned exercise - whether a simple workshop among a few people to develop new ideas, a facilitated discussion based tabletop exercise for ten to thirty people to test procedures or work through complex operational responses, or a larger scale functional or hands-on event that pits teams of attackers and defenders against each other - yields amazing and often unexpected results.  People gain valuable experience without the price tag of real-world mishaps.  New relationships are formed.  Greater understanding of potential impacts - including how things could ripple outward affecting those not directly involved - are gained.  ATO's Cybersecurity Group, based on previous collaboration with other FAA and aviation ecosystem cybersecurity exercise stakeholders, present an experience proven process for exercises, grounded in sector best-practices and mission-focused planning.  The presentation will provide an overview of how the team plans, conducts and assesses exercises, including critical first steps to ensure exercises address key objectives (such as alignment with security controls) and align with leadership priorities.  The end result strengthens ATO security and safety, better informs FAA decision makers, and fosters common cause among peers and stakeholders in the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.
3:15 – 4:30 PM  Symposium Session              ATCA presents Aviation Cybersecurity Roundtable Discussion
"Exploring the How: Applying What We Have Learned"

The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affair just released its August 2021 report, “Federal Cybersecurity: America’s Data Still at Risk.”  What this report finds is stark. Inspectors general identified many of the same issues that have plagued federal agencies for more than a decade. In fact, according to agency inspectors general, the average grade of the large Federal agencies’ overall information security maturity was a C-. What will it take to achieve success based on the recommendations set forth in this report and in the cybersecurity executive orders? What stands in the way of establishing a robust level of cybersecurity and cyber resilience given the cyber threats experienced these last several months alone? What other changes can we expect as organizations and individuals? Where might small changes across people, process, and technology lead to greater, favorable results? Join us for our next ATCA Roundtable Networking event and explore these questions and more.

Table Leads:
Frank Buck,
Dan Edwards, SAIC
Steve Oliver, FAA
Michelle Head, LS Technologies
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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

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