The aviation industry significantly relies on internet-connected systems for performing ground and flight operations. This has increased the number of new challenges that airline companies take into consideration for resisting future disruptions and any harm to their services, reputation and financial health. At present, managing cyber vulnerabilities is one of their prime concerns to prevent attacks on in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems, cabin crew devices, E-enabled ground and onboard systems, electronic flight bags, cargo handling and shipping, legacy systems and data links, and air traffic management systems. Consequently, there is a rise in the demand for aviation cyber security systems across the globe.
The global aviation cyber security market exhibited strong growth during 2015-2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to grow at a CAGR of around 9% during 2021-2026. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic.
The aviation cyber security market has been experiencing growth on account of the rising passenger traffic and increasing instances of cyberattacks. Apart from this, the upgradation of aircraft infrastructure with advanced technological solutions have also contributed to the market growth. Moreover, the governing agencies of several countries are developing a cyber regulatory framework for aircraft systems. This trend, along with increasing investments in research and development (R&D) projects to strengthen the cyber security systems, is expected to bolster the market growth in the coming years. However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), governments of numerous countries have imposed lockdowns and travel restrictions as a preventive measure to contain the spread of the pandemic. As a result, airline services have come to a sudden halt, which has negatively impacted the growth of the market. The market is anticipated to grow once normalcy is regained.
The competitive landscape of the market includes the key players being Airbus SE, BAE Systems Plc, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding, Cisco Systems Inc., Fortinet Inc., General Dynamics Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., International Business Machines Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Palo Alto Networks Inc., SITA N.V., Thales Group and Unisys Corporation.