As drones continue to advance, both the benefits and threats from this evolving technology become clearer. Businesses increasingly need to ensure they protect themselves from risks associated with drone threats.
Safety, security and confidentiality are the key considerations that firms need to address immediately as drones become an ever-increasing part of our world. Protection from corporate espionage and malicious activity utilising drones has become a growing concern for organisations.
Drones pose a unique danger. Unfortunately, fences, guards, cameras and other physical measures are unable to combat their threat. Airborne device can bypass most measures put in place to try and stop it. For that reason, many businesses are implementing anti-drone technology to mitigate the consequences from their burgeoning use and threat.
So, with that in mind, here are 4 ways that drones can threaten the confidentiality of your company.
1. Listening in on private conversations
Drones can easily be fitted with equipment to capture audio. The ability to record clear conversations continues to develop and devices are already freely available. They can easily pick up sound without interference.
Four walls will no longer protect what’s said in your confidential meetings and even if you head for a secret location, therefore a drone can be programmed to track your executives.
2. Photo and video recording
The mass appeal of drones is in large part due to their use in capturing airborne images either for hobby, education or malicious purposes. These aerial devices can be small in size and are able to sneak into private spaces undetected to take pictures.
Even the most basic smartphone comes with the ability to take high-quality photos and videos these days. A drone can easily be set up to quickly capture and transmit images of your confidential activities to a would-be attacker or snooper.
3. Cyber hijack and cyber attack
Cyber attacks can be particularly damaging if the device launching the attack can get close to your hardware, software, network, data storage or processing operations. Drones can land in the vicinity of your enterprise and carry out data injection attacks or compromise Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless connections and networks
Infiltrating unsecured or improperly secured networks is a known attack method for fraudsters and cyber-criminals. Also, inserting malicious code to take down operations is alarmingly common. In addition, the physically-unbound nature of airborne devices means they can physically attack your set-up.
Until now, many devices, networks and infrastructures have been unsecured by organisations simply because they’ve assumed nothing can get near enough to them to do any damage. Drones, unrestricted by physical means, can thwart that assumption.
Unmanned, unchallengeable, cheap and publicly accessible drones are almost impossible to deal with once they’re in the air and today these devices covertly threaten businesses worldwide.
The drone industry remains largely unregulated, and until full legislative protection arrives to curb some of the threat, firms are increasingly implementing anti-drone technology to protect themselves.
Drone protection comes in two forms – drone detection systems and drone mitigation measures. Systems like AeroScope are able to detect and track drones. They can return identifiable information such as make, model, location, speed and serial number. This enables organisations to deploy defence systems and, or alternatively summon law enforcement or security teams to mitigate the threat from the drone and locate the operator.
Sophisticated systems come equipped with measures which mean the person or enterprise operating the drone is unaware you’ve traced them, leading to a higher rate of detection and conviction.
A drone attack could come without warning and create devastating damage to your business before you even realised it had happened. Can you afford to take the risk?
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