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Bangalore Airport Manager Wins ACI Young Executive Award for Cybersecurity Research

Mr. Manoj Kumar Ashokkumar, Manager at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru, Young Executive Award 2024 Winner

Manoj Kumar Ashokkumar of Bangalore International Airport wins the ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Young Executive Award for his research paper on collaboration for airport cybersecurity culture, highlighting the importance of robust defenses against cyberattacks.

Mr. Manoj Kumar Ashokkumar from Bangalore International Airport Limited (operator of Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru) wins the 2024 ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Young Executive Award. He is Manager of Standards & Performance at BIAL, and received this honor for his exceptional research paper titled “The Collaboration of Airport Stakeholders on Promoting Cyber-security Culture” at the ACI Aisa-Pacific & Middle East/ACI World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In his award-winning paper, Mr. Manoj Kumar emphasised the urgent need for airports to invest in strong cyber defences to protect operational technologies from cyber-attacks. His research highlights the importance of implementing advanced cybersecurity measures within the airport community.

Mr. Stefano Baronci, Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, said “Congratulations to Mr. Manoj Kumar for his outstanding insights. In today’s digitally connected world, cyber security is not just a priority but an imperative for airports. At ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, we are pleased to be playing a role in identifying industry’s young talents through our Young Executive Award programme,”

The panel of judges also awarded Honourable Mention to Mr. Do-hee Kim, Manager at Korea Airports Corporation.

The jury panel included reputed industry leaders such as Mr. Hyeong Jung YOON, President and CEO of Korea Airports Corporation, Mr. Ronald Cheok Kuan KAN, Executive Director Macau International Airport Company Limited, Dr. Manjit SINGH, Deputy Regional Director ICAO Asia and Pacific (APAC) Office, Mr. Roni TIDHAR, Head of Cyber Security at the Israel Airports Authority, and Mr. Stefano BARONCI, Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East.

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