NIAR develops new RTCA security courses to Address Security Framework Guidance, Security Event Management and ATM ANS Ground Systems

Research engineers at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) recently developed three new training courses for RTCA to add to its security series. The courses provide training on RTCA security documents: 

DO-391 - Aeronautical Information System Security Framework Guidance  
To maximize effectiveness in protecting the airspace systems, and not place undue burden on any particular area, the efforts and responsibilities need to be distributed across the airspace stakeholders. This document/class discusses shared risks, shared responsibilities, and external agreements involved.  

DO-392 - Information Security Event Management  
A malicious security breach/attack can occur anywhere in the lifecycle of an aircraft. Such an attack/event must be properly responded to in both immediate tactical terms, as well as communicated to the airspace stakeholders so that a system-wide response can be implemented. This course provides a standard organized guide for responding to such events. 

DO-393 - Process Standard for Security Certification and Declaration of ATM ANS Ground Systems  
Aircraft and the airspace as a whole is becoming more and more dependent on digital tools and data. These digital items must be properly protected from malicious attempts to interfere with the safety of the aircraft. This document/class describes the objects and requirements for establishing the proper controls/mitigations for a digital service provider. 

The new training courses are offered September – October 2023. 

NIAR WERX Electromagnetic Test Lab provides the curriculum and instruction for all RTCA security courses. These trainings join RTCA’s established courses on airworthiness security. A description of RTCA security is available at

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