Critical Infrastructure Drone Detection

Power Station

The Problem
A cyber-attack that shuts down parts of the United States’ power grid could cost as much as $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to a report published in 2015 from the University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and the Lloyd’s of London insurance market.

An ethical security company hired by a power company to evaluate current security systems used a small commercially available UAS to remotely surveil the power plant’s security systems. This enabled them to identify the types of security equipment and gaps allowing them to enter the plant and load malware onto computers of the sort that could trigger catastrophic events.

Reports of drones flying around French nuclear power plants are concerning on multiple levels. The “bad” drones could be used to drop explosives causing direct damage.

But that’s not all. Workers and vehicles are searched on entry to plants. If guns or small explosives were smuggled in via drones to individuals, security response teams could find themselves outmaneuvered by armed attackers already inside the perimeter.

Drones can also be used to create distractions such as flying into a perimeter fence or broadcasting loud sounds of gunfire or explosions, causing crucial response team delays.

The Solution
AeroDefense’s counter-UAS solution, AirWarden™, detects drones as they enter the perimeter airspace. Both the drone and the pilot locations are detected and alerts are sent via on-screen messages, SMS or email.

Security patrol vehicles can be equipped with mobile AirWarden™ sensors to add flexibility to location detection services.

The solution is passive so no staff or special training is required.