The major risks to the aviation industry are very broad and stem from the complexity of managing the supply chain, outdated delivery methods, and the criticality of fault tolerance in safety-centric airborne systems. While some of the risks that apply to ground transportation systems are also applicable to avionics, the significant differences are due to the sheer complexity of electronic platforms onboard and implications related to insurance. The willingness and ability to invest and innovate with new technologies is deeply lacking.


The strategy will require at least:

  • securing the onboard messaging systems
  • securing the digital secrets (keys) that offer such security countermeasures at a nation-state level of alertness
  • rotating the digital secrets at scale and as a remote maintenance activity – as a mitigation strategy for vulnerability countermeasures
  • using X.509 digital certificates for key lifecycle management from a secure facility to meet a high level of assurance
  • tamper-resistant content delivery through the supply chain for traceability
  • historic audit trail for trackability of change ledgers

Aviation Systems Protection


Cyber threats have moved from cyber attacks to cyber warfare. Aircraft flight control system, monitoring, commercial and military communication, navigation, weather, collision-avoidance systems, radar, sonar, and major weapons systems may be vulnerable due to a lack of strong embedded cryptographic controls, including: multi-factor authentication, secure boot, secure update, and secure, encrypted communications.


of aerospace companies expect digital technologies to help reduce manufacturing delays.

— Accenture Consulting

Avionics manufacturers need to more easily meet DO-178 cybersecurity compliance requirements and ensure high reliability and safety. Many avionics controllers, FADECs, flight navigation and storage systems in aircraft are vulnerable to cyber attack.

A Cybersecurity System Tailored for the Aviation Industry


Used by more than 200 OEMs to protect more than 100 million devices

Mocana’s end-to-end cybersecurity system is a FIPS 140-2 validated embedded cybersecurity software solution that ensures device trustworthiness and secure communications by giving avionics, aerospace and aircraft manufacturers an easy way to harden electronic control units, FADECs and controllers with multi-factor authentication and trust chaining, as well as secure boot to validate the firmware, OS and applications.

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  • Mocana's new IoT software brings trusted, military-grade security, and cloud-based communications to safety-critical applications like connected commercial and military aircraft. We are excited to be working with Mocana and our joint customers to provide an integrated platform for safety-critical avionics applications that combines key pieces of their IoT software with our best-in-class DO-178 real-time operating system."

    Greg Rose

    Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at DDC-I

  • The tools provided by Mocana are rooted in its long history of equipping engineers with the ability to harden devices that perform mission-critical operations."

    Rob Westervelt

    Research Manager, IDC

  • Connected devices are being deployed at a rapid pace, and security can no longer be optional. This is a shared industry responsibility, which is why Arm is working with partners including Mocana to shift the economics of security by providing a common framework for building more secure connected devices through PSA."

    Paul Williamson

    Vice President and General Manager, IoT Device IP, Arm

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