Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #20

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Welcome to our 20th public release of Threat Intelligence for drone security. Our ongoing commitment is to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year to provide the world’s most comprehensive, global analysis on incidents and events for the drone security industry. A nod to our dedicated team for this continued effort and service to our customers.

A number of COVID19 related drone events continue to appear on our radar, with delays in regulations to Police Departments pausing operations amid privacy and security concerns. Of course, this is a small drop in the ocean compared to the prolific uptick in Law Enforcement and Emergency Services acquiring drone programs for use in pandemic, crime and Search-and-Rescue efforts.

Key publications this week include the Airports Council International releasing their document on “Drones in the Airport Environment: Concept of Operations & Industry Guidance” and INTERPOL releasing their “Responding to a Drone Incident” framework. All great reads being well-studied by the team here at DroneSec this last week.

For Australian drone companies, the Army’s LAND 129-3 UAS tender application for tender continues, along with the ‘Counter-Improvised Threat Grand Challenge’ by the Next Generation Technologies Fund. CASA has also released a BVLOS exemption for RPL holders with some specific details released as legislation.

Of a shared personal interest, a Notify member shared with us that StackExchange has now released a dedicated forum for drone-related Q&A. A big fan of drone discussions, you’ll likely see some of our team on there both learning and answering topics related to drone security.

All of the above items can be found in this week’s Notify release.

Now to the tech – as mentioned last week, some customers should see an increase in our drag-net intelligence for real-time social media and geo-spatial based drone incidents (this week included). This is due to a few backend system improvements, commercial API sources added and enterprise licenses which allow us to notice and display information much quicker and more comprehensively.

We’ve also re-hauled some of our priority matrix and system for categorising, tagging and analysing artefacts. By the start of June, this will not be shared with free users in reports such as this anymore. Plus and Premium tier customers can still expect to have this new formula visible in reports, which will be accessible in the platform.

To all current subscribers, members and customers, thank you for being a part of our drone threat intelligence and for the regular constructive feedback and praise. Our continued mission is that you walk away empowered with relevant information that helps uplift your security operations, enhance your systems and inform your SOPs.

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