Attention all passengers: Airport networks are putting you at risk!

Coronet released a report identifying San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County (CA) International Airport and Houston’s William P. Hobby International Airport as America’s most cyber insecure airports.

cyber insecure airports

The purpose of the report is to inform business travelers of how insecure airport Wi-Fi can inadvertently put the integrity and confidentiality of their essential cloud-based work apps (G-Suite, Dropbox, Office 365, etc.) at risk, and to educate all other flyers on the dangers of connecting to unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured networks.

Currently, Chicago-Midway, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville International lead the pack as the least vulnerable.

America’s most cyber insecure airports

36. Boston Logan International Airport
37. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
38. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
39. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
40. Dallas Love Field
41. Newark Liberty International Airport
42. Southwest Florida International Airport
43.William P. Houston Hobby Airport
44. John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport
45. San Diego International Airport

America’s least vulnerable airports

10. Tampa International Airport
9. Miami International Airport
8. Lambert St. Louis International Airport
7. Kansas City International Airport
6. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
5. San Antonio International Airport
4. Washington Dulles International Airport
3. Nashville International Airport
2. Raleigh Durham International Airport
1. Chicago-Midway International Airport

The methodology

To identify the airports with the greatest cyber risk, Coronet collected data from more than 250,000 consumer and corporate endpoints that traveled through America’s 45 busiest airports over the course of five months. Researchers then analyzed the data consisting of both device vulnerabilities and Wi-Fi network risks, which was captured from the company’s threat protection applications.

Following the completed analysis, the data was combined and standardized to compile an Airport Threat Score. The greater the vulnerability for devices and networks, the higher the score assigned. Based on the analysis, Coronet classifies any score above 6.5 as unacceptable exposure.

“Far too many U.S. airports have sacrificed the security of their Wi-Fi networks for consumer convenience,” said Dror Liwer, Coronet’s CISO. “As a result, business travelers in particular put not just their devices, but their company’s entire digital infrastructure at risk every time they connect to Wi-Fi that is unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured. Until such time when airports take responsibility and improve their cybersecurity posture, the accountability is on each individual flyer to be aware of the risks and take the appropriate steps to minimize the danger.”