Could Drones Be a threat to Enterprise Security?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Thursday, December 05, 2019

Drones are considered to be cost-effective technologies, resulting in high demand in various industries via the internet with available size and shape customization.

FREMONT, CA: The universal drone market may experience a $43 billion increase over the next eight years, reflecting the significant increase in drone popularity, technically known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Mostly used by the military for a few years now, a full-scale commercial use of UAV systems around the globe has been observed in the current decade.

Various companies are actively pursuing the use of drones for several delivery-related purposes. Also, security researchers have recognized the value of safety in drones, which has become a significant concern. Like any other device, drones are also susceptible to cyberattacks and keep their use for various purposes in mind. The after-effects might get worse.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, UAVs provide malicious actors with an alternative means of obtaining hidden access to networks and resources within vital divisions of infrastructure. Lower proximity could be used by malicious actors to manipulate insecure wireless systems and hack into data about businesses.

There are a few methods in which drones pose cybersecurity risks:

Loss of Crucial Information:

Private vehicles can be used by malicious actors such as terrorists or insurgents to access a company's critical information, such as power plants. To gather data, the malicious actors will position themselves at a safe distance and fly drones over them.

The Exploitation of Access Points and Unsafe Systems:

There are instances where drones have served as a major part of wirelessly exploiting access points and insecure networks. For example, a few security researchers operated a drone with an independent attack kit near an office building, which by controlling the building's smart light bulbs, sent malicious air updates.

Removing Critical Data from Secure Locations:

By using specially equipped drones, a handful of highly sensitive information can be handled through visual or radio signals. There are equal opportunities for a camera fitted to a drone to capture enough information through a computer's blinking LED light.

Geofencing:

While malicious actors may hypothetically eradicate geofencing limitations, the execution of various geofencing solutions within protected areas is still relevant. A digital boundary is established around a specific area using GPS or RFID-enabled technology with the aid of geofencing.

See also: Top Drone Technology Solution Companies

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