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Virgin Australia wants to reinforce its cyber team

Virgin Australia is taking steps towards majorly strengthening its internal cyber security capabilities.

user icon Daniel Croft
Tue, 07 Mar 2023
Virgin Australia wants to reinforce its cyber team
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The Australian airline listed a number of positions for information security staff as it looks to develop its cyber team, as part of its long-term information security strategy.

Among the various hires, Virgin hopes to employ a number of specialists that will report to the company’s chief information officer David Hogarth, as well as its head of information security Jonathan T.

Currently, Virgin is advertising positions for both an information security intelligence analyst and an operations engineer, both of which will “be joining the information security function at [Virgin Australia]”.

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The intelligence analyst will be responsible for developing and operating “a security intelligence process which works at the intersection of detection engineering, threat intelligence and incident response” while managing the tactics and techniques used by bad actors targeting the aviation sector.

Similarly, the operations engineer is responsible for owning “the detection engineering process and maintain effective security monitoring that is aligned with Virgin Australia’s threat perception”.

While most of them are now expired, Virgin also has ads for information security governance, risk and compliance (GRC) managers, third-party risk specialists, training specialists, and a compliance specialist for running PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

Virgin has only just announced its leave from voluntary administration and has been quick to begin preparing itself for the modern aviation industry.

Airlines, like other organisations, have been targeted by serious cyber attacks of late, making Virgin’s decision to strengthen its defences all the more important.

Only last month, Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) was hit by a cyber attack that saw passenger data leaked. Those who found themselves attempting to log into their accounts found that their details logged them into the accounts of other customers, jeopardising customer data and greatly inconveniencing passengers.

Only days later, several airports across Germany had their systems brought down through a number of large-scale DDoS attacks.

Seven airports were targeted, but only four suffered outages, according to the German Airports Association (ADV, standing for Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen).

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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