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PwC announces new accreditation with the Civil Aviation Authority and CREST

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In aerospace and aviation, the physical aspects of safety are no longer exclusively synonymous with security. The CAA has also decided to focus on cybersecurity with the introduction of ASSURE.

PwC has recently announced a new accreditation with the Civil Aviation Authority and CREST. The CAA ASSURE accreditation introduces a new cybersecurity audit model for third parties providing services to the Aerospace industry. Within this, there are a new set of requirements that ensure cybersecurity providers are subject to a rigorous and continuous accreditation process under the ASSURE Scheme.

This scheme is part of the wider UK Aviation Cyber Strategy, in which the CAA has set out an approach that ensures cybersecurity will continue to be collaborative and supportive for the sector. The CAA’s vision is that the UK’s transport sector remains ‘safe, secure and resilient in the face of cyber threats, and able to thrive in an increasingly interconnected, digital world’. As part of this, the CAA was tasked by DfT to develop and implement a regulatory framework for cybersecurity, as well as facilitating oversight of the industry’s activities that relate to mitigating potential cyber risks for civil aviation in the UK.

The CAA has reformatted the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF), developed by the NCSC, specifically for aviation, in which it will be used by aviation organisations to self-assess against fourteen principles across four broad objectives. ASSURE Cyber Suppliers and Cyber Professionals will then perform an ASSURE Cyber Audit on an aviation organisation’s CAF for Aviation self-assessment.

James Hunt, Director at PwC comments – “PwC recognises ASSURE accreditation as a benefit for society through supporting aviation entities, in scope for CAP 1753, on their journey to becoming more resilient and secure. Being an accredited supplier of the CAA’s ASSURE scheme demonstrates our commitment, proven experience and capability in supporting clients in this industry to address such an important issue.”

Peter Drissell, Director of Aviation Security at the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) comments – “The CAA is committed to broad and collaborative engagement with industry and key stakeholders to continuously improve our cybersecurity oversight model. “By working with CREST to develop the ASSURE accreditation scheme, the aviation industry has access to the highest levels of skill, knowledge and competence to face the changing threat landscape and encourage a proactive approach to cybersecurity.”

The benefits of this new partnership include:

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