Busy airports bring cyber risks this holiday season
More than 25 million people are expected to travel by air during this year’s Thanksgiving season, making it one of the busiest on record, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Although an increased number of travelers may be good for airline companies, it poses a cybersecurity problem.
“More people in airports using public Wi-Fi means that hackers have more targets,” said Dr. Michael Nowatkowski, associate professor of information security at the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences at Augusta University. “Hackers take advantage of large crowds to increase their chances of a successful attack. If people don’t take precautions, they could become victims. Business travelers should be even more cautious because they could give away their company’s confidential information.”
Because cybersecurity at airports has become a pressing problem, cloud security company Coronet recently analyzed the vulnerabilities of the 45 busiest airports in the country.