The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimates that UAS sales will rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million by 2020. Our skies are getting busy. Meanwhile, although most organizations have good ground-based security, very few can identify and respond to threats from the sky. Yet drones can present a huge security risk. Let’s look at the top three.
1. UNAUTHORIZED SECURITY SURVEILLANCE
Physical Security Patterns and Response
Drones provide a whole new way to watch your movements undetected, safe in the sky. Bad actors could:
- Scan your security infrastructure, including the location of cameras
- Track your security patrol routes and emergency exit plans, or
- Measure your response times.
With this, they’ll have all the information they need to plan future activities. Including unauthorized physical access.
Cyber Attack Reconnaissance
What’s more, drones have been used to identify security weaknesses in preparation for a cyber security attack which could cause business disruption.
2. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT
The latest high resolution cameras provide a 30x zoom lens that can read the serial number off a wind turbine blade. Imagine what that same drone could film at your facility? Examples might include:
- Manufacturing processes
- Users entering passwords or passcodes
- Whiteboards in conference rooms, full of sensitive data or plans
- Employee computer monitors
3. PHYSICAL DAMAGE
Whether intentional, or simply due to a careless operator, a drone crash can cause physical damage to your facility, especially sensitive equipment, or injure a person.
Drones can also be equipped with spray paint that could be used to:
- Take out a security camera, or
- Spray the windshield of a moving vehicle to blind a driver, particularly if they’re transporting a high value target.
Drone Born IED
An explosive device, carried via drone, would be immune to ground-based security measures. If one were to detonate, it could lead to injury, loss of life, or escape.
The AirWarden™ drone detection system detects drones as they enter your airspace and locates both the drone and the pilot/controller. Once detected, alerts are sent to security personnel via command console, text or email. They can also be sent to local law enforcement, for a coordinated response.
In short, AirWarden™ provides the early warning and situational awareness you need to respond quickly and effectively to drone threats.
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