Airplane manufacturers have cybersecurity controls in place and there haven't been reports of successful cyberattacks on commercial airplane IT systems to date. But evolving cyber threats and increasing connectivity between airplanes and other systems could put future flight safety at risk if the FAA doesn't prioritize oversight, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

An agency report found the growing connectivity between airplanes and modern avionics systems may present increasing opportunities for cyberattacks. It noted six cybersecurity recommendations for avionics systems to securely interact with commercial airplanes.

GAO’s recommendations to FAA included the following:

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