Unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone) security has become a hot topic not only in the United States, but throughout countries around the world as more UAS hit the skies, increasing the potential for hackers to intercept data being transferred from drones to servers or other devices on the ground, or for hackers to carry out hostile takeovers of the drones as they attempt to complete a mission. However, Consortiq’s security software for UAS, known as CQNet, could be the start of one solution in this area. What the CQNet software can achieve is a safe, secure environment for the data collected on the UAS as well as during the transfer of data, while also providing some practical help for drone operators. Companies in the UAS security space like Consortiq will likely focus on ISO accreditation (i.e. certification that the system has all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance) and usability across all platforms and industries. With UAS security on the forefront of this ‘drone age,’ companies will need to come up with creative solutions that can span all types of drone operations across all industries. Of course, cost will be a huge component as well for UAS security systems.
Consortiq hopes to lead the way for the commercial drone industry in the security arena –building a turnkey solution for companies of all sizes that either already are using, or want to use, UAS in everyday operations. What security systems for UAS will likely offer will be a command portal for flight operations, real time display of the operation and functionality, like maintenance of the UAS, by creating a schedule for necessary maintenance, airspace intelligence (e.g. real-time alert of weather and airspace restrictions) and mission planning (e.g. assign crew, perform safety checks). Monitoring security trends in the UAS space is a huge component to implementing an efficient UAS program at any company.