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Here's some scary news about the U.S. air traffic control system

Here's some scary news about the U.S. air traffic control system
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The Government Accountability Office recently took a look at the FAA and found some serious security issues with the national airspace system. The GAO's report shows that there's a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure the safety of America's flight systems.

The report found that while the "FAA established policies and procedures for controlling access to NAS systems and for configuring its systems securely, and it implemented firewalls and other boundary protection controls to protect the operational NAS environment [...] a significant number of weaknesses remain in the technical controls—including access controls, change controls, and patch management—that protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its air traffic control systems."

The report also pointed to other weaknesses, namely NAS's connection to outside systems that could give unauthorized users another way to gain access.

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