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Cyber report warns drones need more regulation

written by David Hollingworth | June 10, 2024

A new report has highlighted the need for greater regulation of the use of drones in critical infrastructure operations.

Flight Critical: Drones, Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure is a collaboration between the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) and defence and security firm Omni and explores the cyber security impact of the rising use of drones to monitor and protect critical infrastructure.

Despite their growing use in the sector, there are currently no national standards or regulations when it comes to drone cyber security, making them a significant threat vector considering their connectivity.

According to Rachael Falk, CSCRC’s CEO, drones could easily be compromised by malicious threat actors.


“The rise of sophisticated UAV technology has the potential to become a game-changer in Australia, driving new efficiencies and improving worker safety,” Falk said in a statement.

“However, they are vulnerable to cyber attack, which is especially concerning in relation to their critical infrastructure applications. This means clear guidance regarding UAV cyber security is required to help Australian critical infrastructure operators mitigate UAV-related cyber threats.”

Luke Easey, Omni’s general manager, pointed out that the growing sophistication of drones also makes them a growing threat.

“UAVs will play an increasing role in ensuring Australia’s critical infrastructure keeps providing the services we all rely upon. Therefore, it makes sense that security is a top priority,” Easey said.

“Providing clear guidance to critical infrastructure entities about UAV cyber security is an easy way to educate them about potential threats and ultimately mitigate against UAV-related cyber threats, which will benefit all Australians.”

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