Boeing 787 Dreamliner Network Security

After reading please answer the case study question below:

The Boeing 787 is a fantastic aircraft with versions capable of seating up to 300 passengers with a range of up to 8,200 nautical miles. This

aircraft is full of technology including a composite material skin, a fiber optic data bus for networking, and a high tech in-flight

entertainment system (IFE). During the certification process the FAA issued a special condition that required Boeing to prove the aircraft’s

common network was secure against hacker intrusion.

Some industry analysts have pointed out that the only reason for this special condition is because the technology used on the aircraft are

beyond definitions and concepts contained within current certification rules.

Read this article which discuss network security on the aircraft: FAA Responds to Boeing Security Story http://www.wired.com/2008/01/faa-

responds-to/

Optional readings:

Croft, J. (2008). FAA demands connectivity security for Boeing 787 control and information networks.
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-demands-connectivity-security-for-boeing-787-control-and-information-220564/ (Links to an external

site.)

DailyTECH (2008). Boeing 787 network vulnerability reports “misleading.” Retrieved from http://www.dailytech.com/Boeing+787+Network

+Vulnerability+Reports+Misleading/article10251.htm (Links to an external site.)

McHale, J. (2005). AFDX technology to improve communications on Boeing 787.
http://www.militaryaerospace.com/articles/print/volume-16/issue-4/news/afdx-technology-to-improve-communications-on-boeing-787.html (Links to an

external site.)

TTTech. (n.d.). Advanced control systems for Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Hamilton Sundstrand’s TTP-based communication platform. Retrieved from

http://www.tttech.com/markets/aerospace/projects-references/boeing-787/ (Links to an external site.)
Case Study Questions:

What benefits are derived from the using a common network for all onboard systems? Comment on the security concern. Why was an FAA Special

Condition issued? How did Boeing address the situation?

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