New Delhi: Observing the Air Traffic Control (ATC) being vulnerable to hacking and viruses, the government has planned to raise security measures of the air traffic system.

Following the directions by National Security Advisor, the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is all set to strengthen the cyber security of the ATC. Cyber Security Co-ordination Centre will also be set up for the controller.

A high level meeting was held chalk out plan for handling internal and external security of the aviation service, which has hogged limelight for fake pilot controversy.

The meeting that concluded last month was attended by National Security Advisor, Army, Defence officials, Atomic Energy Commission chairman and top notch officers.

The team, which will make ATC network secure from hacking and virus threats, will be headed by the Director General of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is a Central government agency which deals with cyber emergencies.

Airport Authority of India manages 11 international, 81 domestic, 25 defence and 8 custom management airports. India’s entire flying area (including marine) comes under air traffic management service which is equipped with more than 100 radars, 90 distance measuring equipment and more than 50 instrument landing  and night landings.

Every month, airports in India handle more than 1.20 lakh air operations.

JPN/Bureau