How do you assess the risk and protect your organization?
Drone incidents and sightings are on the rise, but with many going undetected this may only be the tip of the iceberg. As hobbyists intentionally or unintentionally operate drones in unsafe or restricted areas the nuisance and potential criminal threat vector expands. Adding to the concerns around use of UAVs is the manufacturing origin itself and the collection and potential use of data collected by the device. The leading UAV manufacturer DJI, a Chinese company, has come under fire from several nations including the U.S., regarding data security. Whether operating a drone program to survey critical infrastructure or support sensitive facility operations, it is critical to understand the technology product landscape.
How can you identify a UAV or the frequency of flights near or over your sensitive facility if not heard or seen? The use of a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS) can provide visibility to the proximity and flight path of drones near sensitive airspace. Visual confirmation of UAV flights may be troubling for any organization and especially for aviation operators. A CUAS system may assist existing security resources to coordinate a response with Law Enforcement addressing illicit flight activities before it becomes common place.
Any CUAS operation must be conducted in a legal manner, which precludes disabling or interfering with the flight controller. It is imperative that a counter drone security solution is in line with Federal, State and local laws. As the market expands there will certainly be further enhancements to technology offerings and of course changes to the legal landscape.