ICAO UAE mission fosters new agreement and progress on aviation cybersecurity and innovation

​ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano addressing the UAE’s High Level Conference on Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation. The address was among a variety of activities he undertook during a mission to Dubai this week. 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Montréal – 31 March 2022 – An ICAO mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week led to new developments and progress in the areas of aviation cybersecurity and innovation.
Accompanied by ICAO’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Mr. Mohamed Abu Baker Farea, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano’s official visit to Dubai included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with H.E Mohamed Al Gergawi Minister of UAE Cabinet Affairs formalizing a new ICAO-UAE partnership for institutional development and experience exchange. It will see the two parties collaborating more intensively and sharing their knowledge and experience in terms of accelerators, innovation in future civil aviation, and cybersecurity.  
President Sciacchitano also took advantage of the Dubai mission to address the UAE’s High Level Conference on Cybersecurity in Civil Aviation, where he stressed among other priorities the need to account for and address ‘system of systems’ vulnerabilities arising from air transport network legacy hardware and software solutions.  
The Council President further addressed how cyber-attacks targeting civil aviation continued to increase during the pandemic period, despite the dramatic downturns in global operations, and stressed that ICAO’s cybersecurity activities had kept pace with them accordingly. 
He noted that the recently established ICAO Cybersecurity Panel would be regularly reporting to the Council’s Aviation Security Committee, while conducting periodic reviews of the agency’s Aviation Cybersecurity Strategy and Cybersecurity Action Plan, assessing and reporting on the evolution of aviation cybersecurity threats and risks, and assisting inter alia in the development and review of guidance material and technical requirements.
“Going forward this will now assure convergence into a unified work programme of all cybersecurity and cyber resilience initiatives undertaken by the different expert groups in ICAO, thus enhancing the accountability, transparency, efficiency, and coordination of ICAO’s work in all related areas,” he underscored.

While on mission to Dubai, President Sciacchitano also held several bilateral meetings, including with : 
H.E Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri UAE Minister of Economy  and Chairman of GCAA
H.E Hadi Abubakar Sirika Nigerian Minster of Aviation.
Mr. David Pekoske Administrator USA Transportation Security Administration.

Resources for Editors

About ICAO
A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created by governments in 1944 to support their diplomacy on international air transport matters. Since that time, countries have adopted over 12,000 standards and practices through ICAO which help to align their national regulations relevant to aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, enabling a truly global network to be realized. ICAO forums also provide opportunities for advice and advocacy to be shared with government decision-makers by industry groups, civil society NGOs, and other officially-recognized air transport stakeholders.

General Contact
Twitter: @ICAO

Media Contact
William Raillant-Clark
Communications Officer 
+1 514-954-6705
+1 514-409-0705 (mobile)
Connect with us: