Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #34

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The month of July has come and gone. For our Melbourne office, we are in Stage 4 COVID restrictions with an 8 pm curfew to boot! The end of the month signals our monthly roll-up, so we are taking a look back at some of the statistics and insights from the monthly artefacts.

Mid-July saw the release of URSA Inc’s Counter-UAS Analytics Platform (CAP), which analyses telemetry data from UAS systems and sensors. A unique approach towards connecting and visualising CUAS data in a way that can help both investigators and vendors inform their future product development. Towards the end of July, we put out a Request for Information on behalf of URSA; this was targeted at UAS incidents and investigations within the energy sector. David Kovar and company are doing analysis in this sector and are seeking industry information or contributions – please get in touch with us or URSA Inc directly at [email protected] if you’d like to take part.

On a personal note, I make it no secret that DroneSec as a firm likes to model our operations off a combination of two highly regarded entities - Palantir and DIU’s ‘Rogue Squadron’. Our culture is unique, but we take motivation from the technologies and strategy employed by these firms in the way they tackle unique industry (and defence) challenges. It was great to hear from the founder of Rogue Squadron, Mark Jacobsen and many readers may find it interesting as well, given the mix of both government and private firms.

Another highlight this week is the cyber-security guidelines issued by India’s aviation authority. Will other countries follow suit in implementing these controls? Will the measurement phase reveal challenges to innovation or speed up innovation with safer, more secure operations? Time will tell, but we’ll be closely watching this one. As we speak, DroneSec is actively trying to bring the successful CREST ASSURE scheme/accreditation (as under the UK CAA) within the APAC region; potentially something that might allow a quicker sync time if similar cyber-specific guidelines (to India) were to be implemented here. For bed-time reading, I highly recommend ‘Camouflage SOP: A guide to reduce physical signature under UAS’. All this and more in this week’s brief, below.

Reminder: Our Global Drone Security Network is virtual and scheduled for September 18th, 2020.

We have various speakers from the CUAS, Law Enforcement, Security Surveillance, and Threat Intelligence sectors providing insights into unmanned security-specific topics. We also have several interesting reports, white papers, and tooling expected to be released during the event specific to the industry.

As we are in the final stages of confirming our speakers, please send your talk Topic, Description and Bio to [email protected] if you would like to be considered to take part. The event will be free and following its inaugural event in Singapore, is the only of its kind focusing specifically on drone security, counter-drone, and cyber-UAV topics.

As always, if you have comments or feedback, or want to join in the discussion in our slack group, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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