WSS 013 Cyber Training Range – Aviation Systems

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(Last Modified:12-May-2023)

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The Advanced (Level 300) Cyber Training Range - Aviation Systems course provides hands on laboratory exploration of cyber threats to aviation systems representative of DoD rotary wing/fixed wing aircraft. Students will analyze aviation bus architectures, capture live bus data and execute offensive cyber techniques to impact avionics systems on the data bus(s). The WSS 013 workshop is conducted as a classroom workshop with students in attendance at the classroom located in the DAU Mid-Atlantic campus in California, MD. Students will perform tasks requiring physical access such as connecting test/monitoring equipment to a bus port to monitor and record message traffic. Students will complete a group exercise capstone project that demonstrates the ability to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the course by planning a cyber-attack on an aircraft conducting a notional real-world mission. Students will explain cyber countermeasure design requirements, design solutions and testing approaches to improve DoD aircraft survivability and resilience in the modern cyber contested battlefield. Critical Behaviors: Upon completion of this workshop the student will in their work environment, be able to:
  1. Write system cybersecurity performance requirements from the perspective of defeating adversarial attacks on DoD aviation platforms.
  2. Provide subject matter expertise at system design reviews regarding aircraft architectures and designs that are necessary to defeat cyber-attacks.
  3. Assume a leadership role in developing and executing cooperative and adversarial cybersecurity test and evaluation plans and procedures for aviation systems.
  4. Identify exploitable weaknesses in aviation architectures, data buses and avionics.
  5. Train program office personnel and system developers on cyber-attack vectors for aviation systems including removable media, insider threats, social engineering, network and wireless access points.
Terminal Learning Objective (TLO): Use threat based engineering principles to support decisions made regarding cybersecurity throughout aviation systems development lifecycle
  1. Enabling Learning Objective (ELO) 1: Analyze cyber-attack vectors—“Think like an adversary”
  2. ELO 2: Describe the approach to “baking in” cybersecurity in designs as part of the systems engineering technical processes
  3. ELO 3: Describe how threat based engineering and assessment are accomplished
  4. ELO 4: Analyze real time avionics bus messages to identify attached systems and develop exploits
  5. ELO 5: Execute cyber attacks against aviation systems in a laboratory environment to identify vulnerabilities
  6. ELO 6: Execute cyber attacks against weapon systems in a laboratory environment to assess effectiveness of implemented countermeasures
  7. ELO 7: Construct a comprehensive cyber-attack in an aviation mission scenario that is technically feasible using learned adversarial techniques
Target Attendees
System Program Office personnel to include government and support contractors.
Prior experience in offensive cyber activities and data bus architectures is desired.
Predecessor Course(s)
Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Expires On
None None None None
Course Length
3 day – tailorable
Additional Course Information
Delivery Mode Workshop
Equivalent Courses N/A
Availability All
PDS Code None
Walk-ins Authorized N/A
Pre-work required No
First Offering 5/9/2023
ACE Recommended Credits N/A
Continuing Education Units   0
Continuous Learning Points  21
Reservist Retirement Points  N/A
Historical Allocations Mouse Over for Past CEU/CLPs
Fulfillment Eligible N/A
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  • Taught at the unclassified level.
  • Taught as a classroom workshop with students onsite at the DAU Cyber Training Range located at the California, MD campus.
  • Course is offered quarterly and seating is limited.
  • Sign up via iCatalog/CSOD