Department of Transportation Inspector General Initiates Audit of FAA’s Information Security Controls of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast System

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct an  assessment of how security issues are addressed in the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system’s overall design and implementation.  The OIG announced on January 23, 2013, that it would be its audit during the week of January 21, 2013.  The ADS-B is FAA’s satellite-based surveillance technology that will complement radar by using aircraft avionics and ground-based systems to provide information on aircraft location to pilots and controllers.  OIG stated that the objective of the audit would be to evaluate how security issues are being addressed in the overall design and implementation of the ADS-B system.

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