FAA’s Security Controls Are Insufficient for Large Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities
To help manage the most complex air traffic system in the world, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operates approximately 160 Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, which provide air traffic control services to pilots in the airspace immediately surrounding major airports. FAA’s 11 largest TRACON facilities handle about 33 percent of all U.S. TRACON traffic; as such, effective security controls and contingency plans are critical to maintaining the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System. Because the air traffic controllers at these facilities rely heavily on information systems to keep aircraft safely separated, we initiated this audit to determine if (1) FAA is identifying security risks within TRACON information systems and properly mitigating them; and (2) FAA’s contingency plans for these facilities limit the effects of the loss of availability.
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