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Drones are the Major Threat for Enterprise Security

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 22, 2019

Drone TechnologyDrones are increasingly used for malicious purposes elevating the demand for protecting the enterprises.

FREMONT, CA: The affordability, portability, and efficiency of the drones have allowed anyone to buy them and use for a multitude of purposes ranging from photography, agriculture to surveillance, and many other purposes. When drones can be used for good purposes, they can also be used for immoral purposes, and one of the biggest concerns is that drones can be hacked. They can also be used to hack electronic devices and collect data without one’s knowledge.

Cyber attacks that may have seemed to be impossible in the past can now be implemented using drone technology. They can be used to hack servers, spy on networks, extract data, and block communications. It is the corporate companies that do not have any security measures to protect themselves that is profoundly affected by the malicious use of drones from cyber attacks. Smart attackers collect data by attaching a small computer like Raspberry Pi to a drone and then exploit data. These drones can mimic Wi-Fi networks that victims were connected to in the past, and then steal any information, including bank details and passwords.

Employing radar is a standard mechanism for detecting aerial vehicles, and similarly, drones can be detected using this system. Drone radars use a combination of radio signal detection, noise detection, thermal detection, and signal identification. The method is inaccurate at times as it misinterprets birds as drones. Acoustic sensors, on the other hand, are more accurate than radars. They recognize the unique sounds generated by different types of drones and verify them against a sound signatures database and triggers alert when matched. Some unwanted UAVs can be identified using thermal imaging as they use imaging cameras that detect objects and materials that emit heat. Besides, there exist the RF scanners that examine the electromagnetic spectrum and identify the transmissions from drones. However, this method is not beneficial sometimes when the drones rely only on GPS and not operate using radar.

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