The Growing Concern of Drones and Data Security

As drones have slowly grown in popularity, both in the consumer and business markets, corporate drone security has become a growing concern for various tech and security companies. It’s important to consider the various threats and concerns drones pose not just physically, but also regarding data security.

While prisons have been dealing with drone drop-offs for a few years now, concerns have been rapidly growing after last July a convicted kidnapper in Ridgeville, South Carolina snuck out of his prison cell and escaped thanks to materials dropped off to his cell by drone. While this is a simple example that could’ve easily prevented with corporate drone security, it highlights our unpreparedness in dealing with drones physically, let alone regarding their threat to the digital space.

The Early Methods of Drone Hacking and Data Theft

This might not be your first thought when it comes to drones and safety, but keeping your own drone secure will become a necessary concern in the future. While current corporate drone security systems will only shut down your drone mid-flight, advanced security systems and hackers have been perfecting methods to take control of the drone and be able to give it orders and flight directions.

Even more than just this, because the data link between the drone and operator is often not encrypted, people are finding out ways to get access to the data being streamed along with any stored data currently present in the drone. This means complete access to anything the drone sees or has seen, which will often include the operator’s location and face.

The Evolution of Drone Hacking and Data Theft

While the previous example was more than scary enough, hackers and drone security companies have been finding out other methods to access even more information through a drone and its data link with its operator. By accessing the possible network connection an operator is using, a hacker can have access to the gateway and provider of the connection.

From here a smart hacker has free roam and can perform a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack to bring the entire network down. However, the biggest threat isn’t the shutting down of a network, but rather the ease with which a hacker can then access a variety of cloud-saved data and information present on the network.

Contact Us for More Information About Corporate Drone Security

While the full evolution of these attacks is still not here yet, drones are already being used for nefarious purposes and also act as a window through which a prepared hacker can access all kinds of your personal information. To find out more about how to combat drones and the security threats they pose, contact Eclipse Drone Detection & Mitigation!