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How To Protect an Airline’s Data

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Today’s businesses can take advantage of highly advanced technology to conquer many age-old problems to optimize their output. However, these advantages have their own downsides, and one of the most important problems facing businesses today is data security. Every business model under the sun depends heavily on data for administrative purposes, as well as for the creation of more effective strategies. All of that information makes businesses a juicy target to hackers, and cyberattacks are a potential reality for virtually any company. Airlines are no exception to this conundrum. Like any other business model, an airline can and must use data to create effective marketing strategies, and the private and financial information of customers is important to the process of booking flights. Here’s what you need to know to protect your airline and its customers.

The Cloud
Cloud technology has a foothold in virtually any business model for a variety of reasons. For one thing, cloud computing is an important part of processing data. This is because cloud computing gives users the unique advantage of being able to harness additional processing power from other devices remotely. This is an integral part of the modern big data infrastructure of businesses, because it allows the otherwise demanding and time consuming task of processing data to be completed in much less time, allowing data analysis to be achieved more quickly, as well. However, it’s important to understand the differences between the public cloud and the private cloud of a given business. A private cloud is not unlike a network, a collection of connected devices operated by authorized members of a particular group. The public cloud is a means of networking without the same small scope and stringent security measures of a private cloud. Safe and effective use of cloud computing depends heavily on using the right tool for the job.
Cloud storage, for example, can be achieved on the cheap by using publicly available cloud storage providers. Cloud storage is an important part of the big data ecosystem, because it solves the logistical problem of trying to accommodate vast quantities of data without filling up all of your hard drives and then some. Simply put, cloud storage provides businesses and consumers alike with additional, remote storage space, and that storage space can be expanded indefinitely for incremental price increases. Cloud storage also serves to protect data by attaching it not to your own IP address but that of a remote server. On top of that, cloud storage platforms provide encryption that can protect your data from hackers.

The primary way that modern consumers engage with airlines is via websites and e-commerce apps. This provides your clientele with the ability to book a flight at any hour of the day, and this necessarily translates to an increase in engagement and sales. However, this also provides two additional avenues by which hackers can potentially infiltrate your network or steal the data of your clients. The most important way to fortify your website is to invest in encryption and decryption that can render data illegible as it's moving between your server and your customers. On the other hand, the primary security flaw with e-commerce apps is uncertainty. These apps are typically developed using APIs (application programming interfaces) to save time and money. This becomes an issue when there are security flaws present in an API that go unnoticed. That can result in the same flaws carrying over into a company’s app, exposing them and their customers to the risk of cyberattacks. This is particularly problematic, because hackers can obtain APIs for the same small fee businesses pay to identify and then exploit weaknesses in the name of data theft.
Every business depends on data to some extent, and airlines are no exception. Wherever there is data, hackers will make it their mission to take advantage of unsuspecting businesses for their own gain, but these tips can help you cover your bases to keep your company and its clientele safe.

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