More Drones in the Sky
It’s projected that by 2021 there will be 3.55 million consumer drones in the United States, at an annual growth rate of 26.4 percent. And that’s in addition to commercial drones. Our skies are getting busy, and consequently, drone threats are increasing.
But while drones can be fun, and have many commercial and safety benefits, they can also pose significant safety and security threats.
Already, we’ve seen drones:
- Crash at stadiums and utilities
- Deliver contraband into prisons
- Disrupt flights at airports
- Cause fire fighting aircraft to be grounded.
Drones and attachments that can be used to carry out weaponized attacks are highly accessible. And although federal regulations exist for drone pilots, we continue to see hobbyists and nefarious actors cause public safety issues whether intentional or not.
As drone technology and attackers become more sophisticated, cybersecurity and surveillance threats increase. Drone pilots can
- Remotely surveil sensitive properties with high quality video,
- Land drones on buildings or
- Fly close by people on a large property to steal information and compromise networks.
All they have to do is attach a Raspberry Pi or smartphone (equipped with the right apps) to the drone to scan and steal information or drop a rogue access point that steals the data.
In short, drone threats present a real risk to both businesses and public safety.
Security Heads Respond
For experienced security heads, doing nothing is not an option. They need to assess all the potential risks to their business and develop a response plan. And they know that the more time you have to respond, the better. Early threat detection is key.
Physical mitigation of the drone is only allowed for certain federal entities, so for private entities, mitigation of the drone pilot is the best form of mitigation.
AeroDefense’s drone detection system, AirWarden™ was designed to meet this need. It provides the early warning and situational awareness you need to respond to drone threats quickly and effectively. The system locates the drone and pilot (controller) simultaneously, so you can find the pilot promptly.
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