A secure and trusted boot process for Avionics Wireless Networks

Konstantinos Markantonakis, Raja Naeem Akram

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

6 Citations (Scopus)


Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) in existing deployments is a collection of inter-connected avionics equipment supported by wired technology, with stringent reliability and safety requirements. If the inter-connecting wires are physically secured so that a malicious user cannot access them directly, then this simplifies the security management of the network. However, substituting the wired network with a wireless network -- also referred to as an Avionics Wireless Network (AWN) -- brings a set of new challenges related to assurance, reliability, and security; even for a specific set of well-defined and non-critical tasks. The AWN has to ensure that it provides at a minimum the existing required levels of safety offered by the equivalent wired network. These challenges are underpinned by a necessity to boot the AWN to a secure and trusted state, before it can be used to bridge different parts of the IMA in an aircraft. In this paper, we discuss the security and trust challenges an AWN boot process might face, along with highlighting a potential solution. Finally, the paper evaluates the proposed validation solution that meets the stated security requirements, based on the security challenges discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS)
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781509021499
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016
Event2016 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference - Westin Washington Dulles Airport, Herndon, United States
Duration: 19 Apr 201621 Apr 2016


Conference2016 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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