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#MyCyberWhy 2: Tomi Salmenpää, Finnish Transport & Communications

Welcome to “My Cyber Why” — a glimpse into the life and work of experts from around the world who are dedicated to protecting cyberspace.

There’s no shortage of scary headlines about the latest hacks and malware releases. But what doesn’t make the headlines are the inspiring stories of the people who work every day to make our cyber world a safer place. These are their stories and cybersecurity is their passion.

In each episode, guests answer four questions:

1. Who are you?

2. What do you do in cyber?

3. Why do you do it?

4. How can people get involved or learn more?

Today’s guest is Tomi Salmenpää, Chief Adviser, Aviation Cybersecurity, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Aviation (CAA Finland). We talk about the mission of enhancing global aviation system security as an interconnected whole.

I recommend listening to the full 10 minute interview, but if you want to skip ahead…


[:11] Welcome

[1:02] Who is Tomi Salmenpää? A civil aviation cybersecurity expert coordinating aviation cybersecurity at the intersection of transport and communications.

[2:32] Interconnectedness: evolution of the aviation systems from the 1950s to today.

[3:01] Tomi’s Cyber Why? I’m an airplane guy! And working on a doctoral thesis that takes a holistic view of the aviation system.

[5:50] What about the on-board entertainment systems and WiFi?

[6:30] How to learn more? Take a very pragmatic approach to aviation and cyber. People are part of the cyber world too.

[9:30] Aviation safety and security culture now extends to cybersecurity, cyber is part of the operational side more and more. It’s the way to go!

Want to get involved? Know someone who’s got a fantastic Cyber Why? If there’s someone you’d like to see interviewed reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter



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