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CyberThreat course will enhance Satcom Direct's offering
The threat of cyber events continues to escalate in business aviation. It is not a matter of if a cyber event will occur, but when, according to SD, so the company wants to provide its customers with an accessible course.
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Satcom Direct has bolstered its training curriculum with the addition of a newly developed Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course. The online, self-paced programme, designed for end users, delivers a comprehensive understanding of how to minimise digital risk and ensure company compliance, by making simple changes in digital behaviour and device handling.

SD has designed the course specifically for users of computers, mobile devices, networks and internet services, including members of flight departments, operators, crew and passengers. The programme explores how human and technical factors impact cyber security. Modules detail best practices for implementing data security compliance, identifying common hacking and attack methodology, and how to recognise and mitigate inherent vulnerabilities on the ground or in the air. In addition, the course explores the importance of protecting data during international travel and is complemented by information relating to the use of personal digital devices before, during and after a flight.

“The threat of cyber events continues to escalate in business aviation. It is not a matter of if a cyber event will occur, but when, so we wanted to provide our customers with an accessible course that supports cyberthreat prevention from an aviation user and facilitator, rather than purely technological, perspective,” explains John Kummer, senior VP strategy and programmes. “With the rise of increasingly sophisticated bad actors there is a clear and present danger that all flight departments, corporate fleets and business aviation stakeholders should be aware of. This course helps to clarify weak points, whether they be technical or human behaviour related, and provides solutions that will strengthen data practices.”

The latest training programme demonstrates the SD commitment to customer support and education, as it aims to raise standards across the industry. More than 1,000 professionals have successfully completed SD training offerings, including the industry's first certified aeroIT course for aviation IT professionals and aeroCNCT for flight crew members. “The combination of our digital learning management system and in-person tailored connectivity courses increases access to this critical information. We are pleased to provide an educational platform that enhances the skills and knowledge of our customers, colleagues and the business aviation sector globally,” adds Kummer.

The new Aviation CyberThreat Awareness course and a host of other training programmes are available for enrolment via SD's website as part of the company's ongoing commitment to providing world class customer support.

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