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Artificial Intelligence and The Aviation Industry


Artificial Intelligence and The Aviation Industry

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been one of the hottest buzzwords for quite some time now.

So, what is AI and why is it so popular? AI is a branch of computer science that is explicitly programmed to create devices that can act smarter than humans.

AI is transforming various industries, such as retail, healthcare, finance, and now even the aviation industry. AI in aviation can do wonders. For instance, imagine that your flight got canceled. In this case, AI could easily rebook your seat on another plane of your preference and reduce the burden of calling a customer care executive to do the same. The process is so stress-free and quick, isn’t it? Here’s how AI can be leveraged in the aviation industry:

The Current State of Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

Various industries can benefit with the ability of AI to perform human tasks smartly and accurately. The aviation industry has already leveraged AI to invent the autopilot systems. The system does not entirely replace the job of a human pilot, instead it assists to control the plane. Now, the pilot can focus on core responsibilities. AI and machine learning can be used to analyze the weather conditions and help a pilot with the current weather conditions to determine if its safe to fly.

AI systems, over time, learn from the data fed to them. Therefore, AI will be able to learn how pilots operate at work and take decisions during a flight. In the absence of a pilot, an AI system can take his place. In fact, AI can also become a co-pilot!

Runway overrun prevention systems (ROPS) is a system that assists pilots to make safe decisions while landing an aircraft. With the help of AI, the system can predict the weather conditions enroute to the destination. If the weather conditions are adverse, the system suggests alternate routes to reach the destination. Such suggestions help the aviation industry to enhance its safety.

AI’s predictive analysis helps forecast an imminent breakdown of aircraft parts. The process brings down the cost of repair by following a proactive approach. Additionally, AI can gather customer details as training data sets and provide customers with flight discount offers and find ways to enhance their flight experience, thereby keeping customers happy.

The Future of the Aviation Industry

From check-in to onboard operations, AI is set to change the aviation industry. The cumbersome process, which we once followed, of visiting the travel agents for booking a ticket is replaced with chatbots. You can quickly ask chatbots your queries regarding flight tickets, best hotels to check-in, and good restaurants to eat at. Now, imagine a future, where flight operations are carried out without any human intervention. For instance, in future, we might see planes having robot assistants instead of humans to offer you with the necessary assistance. They can work around the clock without getting bored or dipping their performance. Moreover, they can entertain children on the flight, enabling kids to have a fun experience. Such an imagination will soon turn into reality and undoubtedly we will witness groundbreaking innovation.

De future of AI in the aviation industry is bright. The aviation industry must keenly understand how and where AI could be leveraged to achieve maximum gains. The aviation industry lays a lot of emphasis on onboard safety and AI can be of great help in this regard. The aviation industry is harnessing the power of AI to make flights safer and more comfortable. Let us wait and watch what the future of AI in aviation offers the industry.



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With remote working the future for so many global workforces – or at least some kind of hybrid arrangement – is there an impact on email security we are all missing? Oliver Paterson, director of product management at VIPRE Security, believes so.

“The timeframe that people expect now for you to reply to things is shortened massively,” says Paterson. “This puts additional stress and pressure on individuals, which can then also lead to further mistakes. [Employees] are not as aware if they get an email with a link coming in – and they’re actually more susceptible to clicking on it.”

The cybercriminal’s greatest friend is human error, and distraction makes for a perfect bedfellow. The remote working calendar means that meetings are now held in virtual rooms, instead of face-to-face. A great opportunity for a quick catch up on a few emails during a spot of downtime, perhaps? It’s also a great opportunity for an attacker to make you fall for a phishing attack.

“It’s really about putting in the forefront there that email is the major first factor when we talk about data breaches, and anything around cyberattacks and ransomware being deployed on people’s machines,” Paterson says around education. “We just need to be very aware that even though we think these things are changing, [you] need to add a lot more security, methods and the tactics that people are using to get into your business is still very similar.

“The attacks may be more sophisticated, but the actual attack vector is the same as it was 10-15 years ago.”

This bears true in the statistics. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) found in its Phishing Activity Trends Report (pdf) in February that attacks hit an all-time high in 2021. Attacks had tripled since early 2020 – in other words, since the pandemic began. 

VIPRE has many solutions to this age-old problem, and the email security product side of the business comes primarily under Paterson’s remit. One such product is VIPRE SafeSend, which focuses on misaddressed emails and prevents data leakage. “Everyone’s sent an email to the wrong person at some point in their life,” says Paterson. “It just depends how serious that’s been.”

Paterson notes one large FMCG brand, where a very senior C-level executive had the same name as someone else in the business much lower down. Naturally, plenty of emails went to the wrong place. “You try and get people to be uber-careful, but we’ve got technology solutions to help with those elements as well now,” says Paterson. “It’s making sure that businesses are aware of that, then also having it in one place.”

Another part of the product portfolio is with EDR (endpoint detection and response). The goal for VIPRE is to ‘take the complexities out of EDR management for small to medium-sized businesses and IT teams.’ Part of this is understanding what organisations really want. 

The basic knowledge is there, as many organisational surveys will show. Take a study from the Enterprise Security Group (ESG) released in October in terms of ransomware preparedness. Respondents cited network security (43%), backup infrastructure security (40%), endpoint (39%), email (36%) and data encryption (36%) as key prevention areas. Many security vendors offer this and much more – but how difficult is it to filter out the noise?

“People understand they need an endpoint solution, and an email security solution. There’s a lot of competitors out there and they’re all shouting about different things,” says Paterson. “So it’s really getting down to the nitty gritty of what they actually need as a business. That’s where we at VIPRE try to make it as easy as possible for clients. 

“A lot of companies do EDR at the moment, but what we’ve tried to do is get it down to the raw elements that every business will need, and maybe not all the bells and whistles that probably 99% of organisations aren’t going to need,” Paterson adds.

“We’re very much a company that puts a lot of emphasis on our clients and partners, where we treat everyone as an individual business. We get a lot of comments [from customers] that some of the biggest vendors in there just treat them as a number.”

Paterson is speaking at the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Global, in London on December 1-2 around the rising threat of ransomware, and how the security industry evolves alongside this threat. Having a multi-layered approach will be a cornerstone of Paterson’s message, and his advice to businesses is sound.

“Take a closer look at those areas, those threat vectors, the way that they are coming into the business, and make sure that you are putting those industry-level systems in place,” he says. “A lot of businesses can get complacent and just continue renewing the same thing over and over again, without realising there are new features and additions. Misdelivery of email is a massive one – I would say the majority of businesses don’t have anything in place for it.

“Ask ‘where are the risk areas for your business?’ and understand those more, and then make sure to put those protection layers in place to help with things like ransomware attacks and other elements.”

(Photo by Cytonn Photography på Unsplash)

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