What We Need to Know Now: Drones and Security

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Decreasing Security Risks

What can be done to decrease potential security risks caused by drones

To decrease potential security risks involving drones means investing in anti-drone research, which is expected to grow rapidly over the next six years. Terrorist threats, security breaches and cybersecurity issues are driving the anti-drone research push.

According to Jones, Los Alamos National Labs is doing research into making drones more unpredictable while still achieving their goals, in order to reduce the possibility of an ambush in military situations.

Drones are expected to have a huge effect on industries across the board in the coming decade. So much so that business owners like Chuck Williams, owner of Float Avionics, believe that drones able to move autonomously as well as digitize and send that information to the relevant people will be as important to businesses as the spreadsheet has been. Drones, Williams added, are the physical extension of an increasingly digital world.

Usually when one thinks of drones and security, the first thought is the dangers to airplanes or privacy violations. But because drones are basically flying computers, the potential for security-related flaws and vulnerabilities is there. In fact, at least one strain of malware has been found to directly affect drones; it can allow attackers to remotely control the device.

Drone security is complicated, however, because it encompasses so many different types of security threats. This is creating challenges for programmers, lawmakers and the general public, who need to address drone security without lessening the positive aspects of the devices.

 

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