Drones are being used more than ever by nefarious actors to spy on networks, intercept data, disrupt communications and hack into servers. In fact, drones are becoming an increasingly more and more prevalent tool for infiltrating corporate networks each day. Few protections exist for businesses to prevent drone intrusions, but before a business can even mitigate risks posed by drones, the business must first gain situational awareness and determine how many drones are entering their airspace. While businesses invest financial resources to secure their property and protect their employee, customer, and proprietary data from hackers, it is important that they add customized protections to prevent drones from infiltrating your business’s airspace and gaining unauthorized access to data.
When implementing a security program for your business, you should now also consider threats from drones in and around your business’s airspace. As drones are capable of:
- Identifying and Following Targets: Drones are observing security gaps and detecting and manipulating vulnerable parts of networks.
- Spying on Operations: Drones are evading security teams, capturing footage and using high-gain microphones to obtain spoken information as well.
- Surreptitious Exfiltration of Data: Drones are detecting vulnerabilities in air-gapped computers installed with malware. Once a computer is infected, a drone with a camera can be deployed to hover outside a window, near the hardware.
- Snooping and Infiltrating Networks: Drones are using sniffing devices or transceivers to monitor employees and security movement, and then can hack into wireless activity and intercept and log data.
Drone detection technology can be used to diagnose airspace activity, and therefore, help to secure and protect business operations and data against drone threats. Using detection technology can aid businesses in adjusting ground patrol or security, determining vulnerable areas and analyzing the severity of threats. The idea behind this technology is that the more proactive measures a business takes, the better able it will be to build security measures and strengthen existing security measures and programs.