Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #46

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A busy week in the world of drone security. All drones have been banned from cabin luggage in India - unlike the USA, where specific airlines can choose what goes. In a very interesting deception tactic, Indian police report that they have been ‘distracted’ by various drones around their stations and taking their focus off backroads and forests. As a result, they believe their forces were preoccupied with the drones and this allowed Maoist leaders to move through the countryside unnoticed.

In the US, the FAA has been urged to implement Section 2209, a process for which airspace over critical infrastructure would be restricted. This is not too far off from David Kovar’s talk at the recent GDSN #2 on drones and critical infrastructure and would be interesting to see if it ends up setting a precedent anywhere else in the world.

I highly recommend taking a stab at the latest British Standards Institute survey on UAV standards and regulations; not only will it help for industry opinion but likely give some foresight into what is coming next in way of compliance. EASA has completed quite an interesting system for sharing nation-wide drone registration data, something that will likely form a baseline of intelligence and law enforcement control for Europe.

There’s a fair bit to get through this week but lastly – the video of the unmanned helicopter crashing at a demo in China is a friendly reminder that we have a duty of care with these systems to provide safe and secure operations. Digitised, kinetic systems can be dangerous in the wrong hands and a focus on security from the get-go can reduce knee-jerk restrictions and regulations when an incident occurs. All of these and more in the below release.

P.S. – For all those based in Victoria Australia, welcome back. It’s been a very long and hard road for most drone and security organisations with most unable to operate (or attend their offices) since March this year. Our best wishes are with you as normalcy starts to return and our fingers are crossed for those in other cities around the world not yet back to business as usual.

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