Top 3 Drone Security Risks

Top 3 Drone Security Threats

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.

Drone Security Risk: Response Time

A drone can be used to find weaknesses in your physical security or measure your response time.


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.

Drone Security Risk: Corporate Espionage

With drones, employees may not even be aware that information is being captured.


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

Drone Security Risk: Personal Injury

Accidental or on purpose, a drone crash poses a threat to both people and sensitive property.


Drone Crash

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.

Spray Paint

Drones can also be equipped with spray paint that could be used to:

  • Graffiti
  • 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.