All these days, we have seen Blockchain Technology helping financial business streams such as Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies trading. Pretty soon, we will see NASA using them to curb cyber attacks on Airport control stations – provided the research goes positive.
Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the US space agency will be taking the help of blockchain technology to stop spoofing and denial of service attacks on American air traffic control systems.
Ronald Riesman, the NASA’s senior engineer said in a press statement that the Blockchain technology is said to help leverage an open source enterprise industrial framework to help curb cyber attacks from targeting aerospace stations.
Already, research on the issue is said to be taking place on this issue and by the year 2020, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system is supposed to go live. This surveillance technology allows satellites to monitor the position of an aircraft and helps it to navigate by securing all the details such as flight plans and positions from the eyes of the cyber crooks.
Blockchain technology is supposed to be used at this genre where an open source framework will help secure ADS-B’s from cyber vulnerabilities by allowing only authorized agents to be in communication stream, thus eliminating snooping eyes like tech-savvy criminals from gaining access on an easy note.
Ronald Riesman is said to have recently put forward a proposal on this issue in front of the high command of NASA which includes operational events such as certificate authority, smart contract support, and higher bandwidth communication channels.
At present, it is being called as an open source enterprise blockchain framework called Hyperledger Fabric which helps solve most of the technicalities that threaten the adoption of ADS-B by military, corporate and other aircraft operators.
Although the technology is not perfected on a current note, it can be assumed as a viable technology to protect the future of the aviation sector.
Hope, such tech helps in avoiding all future flight crash disasters like Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared on March 8th, 2014 and suspected to have been downed by Russian intelligence via a cyber attack.