Can Drones Be a Threat For the Industries?

Enterprise Security Magazine | Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Drones are considered to be cost-effective technologies, which lead to its high demand in different industries via the internet with available customization concerning size and shape.

FREMONT, CA: The universal drone market might witness a rise of $43 billion in the next eight years, which indicates the considerable popularity surge in drones, technically referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Utilized mostly by the military for a few years now, the current decade has observed a full-scale commercial utilization of UAV machines round-the-globe.

Various companies are actively exploring the usage of drones for several delivery-related purposes. Besides, the security researchers have spotted the importance of cybersecurity in drones, which has become a significant concern. Like every other device, drones are also susceptible to cyberattacks and keeping in mind their use for different purposes. The after-effects might get worse.

As per the US Department of Homeland Security, UAVs give malicious actors an added method of acquiring unnoticed proximity to networks and tools within critical infrastructure divisions. Malicious actors might use higher proximity to exploit unsafe wireless systems and break into the company information.

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

Loss of Crucial Information:

Independent vehicles can be leveraged by malicious actors like terrorists or insurgents, to get access to critical information of an enterprise such as power plants. The malicious actors can place themselves at a safe distance and fly drones above those installations to gather information.

The Exploitation of Access Points and Unsafe Systems:

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

Removing Critical Data from Secure Locations:

A handful of highly sensitive data can be manhandled with the help of specially equipped drones through visual or radio signals. There are fair chances that a camera fitted to a drone can steal an ample amount of data through a flashing LED light of a computer.


Although malicious actors can hypothetically get rid of geofencing limitations, it is still significant to execute different geofencing solutions within protected areas. With the help of geofencing, a virtual border is built around a particular area, using GPS or RFID-enabled software.

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