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Network Infrastructure and Security (NIS) Subcommittee

Last Updated: November 15, 2017

Chairman: Jeffrey Rae - United Airlines

APIM 16-004: Supplement 2 to ARINC Report 842: Guidance for Usage of Digital Certificates (pdf, 62K)
APIM 16-014: Broadband Network Interface for Non-Safety Services (pdf, 74K)
APIM 17-001: Roadmap to IPv6 (pdf, 152K)

Goal: Develop standards for IP connectivity and security to the aircraft. Enable fleet-wide solutions based on open standards for lower development cost, increased flexibility, higher reliability, reduced complexity, longer lifespan, and ease of configurability and maintenance.

Scope: NIS is to harmonize network-related and security-related activities of the various AEEC subcommittees working in related areas. NIS will focus on the interfaces and not on the hardware or software applications. NIS will provide operational assessments of networking and security issues.

Benefit: By providing a forum for the discussion of networking- and security-related issues, all AEEC subcommittees can better coordinate their work with other aspects of aircraft and non-aircraft systems. This should reduce redundant activities, implement better more consistent, flexible, and interoperable solutions, and provide for better configuration control and ease maintenance.

Current Drafts:

Draft 3 of Supplement 2 to ARINC Report 842: Guidance for Usage of Digital Certificates

Draft 3 of ARINC Project Paper 848: Media Independent Secure Offboard Network (MISON)

Next Meeting Announcement:

Network Infrastructure and Security (NIS) Subcommittee (pdf, 139K)
January 16-18, 2018, in Cocoa Beach, Florida
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Working Papers:

Last Meeting Report:

Network Infrastructure and Security (NIS) Subcommittee
October 10-12, 2017, in Orlando, Florida

Associated Technical Application Bulletins:

Considerations for the Incorporation of Cyber Security in the Development of Industry Standards
  Staff: Vanessa Mastros
Reference: 12-180/ABN-35A

ARINC Standards are used to support the design and development of aircraft systems, avionics, networks and information security. As broadband connectivity to the aircraft is implemented, and as additional application functions are installed using common communication paths, the need for consistent security principles will be paramount. Security provisions need to be implemented in a consistent way.

The security process begins with a common overview of aircraft security and the proper security considerations provided by ARINC Report 811 with further details provided in the development of additional industry standards.

This Technical Application Bulletin provides cyber security considerations for use in an aircraft environment. It represents the security experience and best practices available at the time of its writing. This document will be updated as the need arises.

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Vanessa Mastros