About Us

Aviation Cyber Security is a framework created by the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative & Thales (a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets).

Our Mission

The aviation ecosystem faces ever expanding and increasingly complex cybersecurity issues that affect stakeholders across the sector. To catalyze a public dialogue and to better understand both the existing and developing challenges and risks, this research offers development strategies for a safe and prosperous aviation industry, focused on resiliency and trust.

Project Background

This report, published by the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and underwritten by Thales, examines the increasingly connected aviation ecosystem. While technological developments hold significant promise to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency, they have also created potential new threats, risks, and modes of failure that must be anticipated and addressed to preserve confidence in the aviation sector.

The Atlantic Council responds to the need for a comprehensive understanding of the developing risks at hand across the aviation ecosystem. Now is the time to develop comprehensive yet flexible policy and security measures that can evolve with the constantly moving and interconnected parts of the aviation sector.

About CSI

Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative

To preserve global prosperity and stability, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative examines the intersection of cybersecurity and public safety and promulgates strategies and policies where the consequences of cybersecurity failure have direct public safety and national security implications. Society’s dependence on connected technology is growing faster than our ability to secure it, especially in areas impacting human life, national security, and confidence in markets. We collaborate among diverse stakeholder groups, including policymakers, security researchers, industry, regulators, and others to ensure the technology we depend on is trustworthy.

About Thales


The people we all rely on to make the world go round, they rely on Thales. As a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defense and Security markets, Thales helps the big ambitions of customers come to life – to make life better and keep us all safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents an cultures, Thales’ 64,000 employees in 56 countries helped the organization report sales of $16.4 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements – from the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace. Its exceptional international footprint allows Thales to work closely with its customers all over the world to master ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. Whatever it takes.


About Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper (MSc, CISSP) is an independent cyber security advisor based in London, UK, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.


The first part of his twenty-four-year career in the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), was as a fast jet pilot and instructor on the Tornado GR4. He then became an early member of the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) Joint Cyber Unit, developing and integrating cyber operations into UK and MoD processes. His final position was in MoD Joint Forces Cyber Group where he was the Strategic Cyber Operations advisor, playing a key role in developing policies, concepts, and doctrine both nationally and internationally.


He has an MSc in cyberspace operations from Cranfield University. His dissertation on adding a cognitive dimension to Active Cyber Defence was published by the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and explored how a better understanding of attacker psychology could be used to augment legal Active Cyber Defence methodologies.


Since leaving the RAF in 2016 he has been advising nationally and internationally on cyber security challenges and opportunities, supporting various organizations in developing their strategies. He is also a passionate supporter for the Cyber 9/12 policy and strategy competition, which has seen him present and judge at competitions in both the US and Europe. As Director of Cyber 9/12 UK, he is also leading the rollout of the competition in the UK.