Like all technology designed with good intentions, mankind will always find a way to use it for nefarious purposes and commercial off the shelf drones are no exception. Drones are being used by terrorists, organised crime, issue motivated groups, the clueless and careless operators, and the paparazzi. These entities pose risk to our safety, security, reputation, property, financials, and privacy.
The Threat is Real
Terrorists have already used drones to conduct weaponised attacks, conduct surveillance, and target crowded places (places of mass gatherings). Organised crime are using drones to deliver contraband into prisons and pose a risk of cyber-attacks. Drones have been used for deliberate and inadvertent business disruptions including airports and sporting events. Drones flown by careless operators have crashed into members of the public causing injury. The paparazzi are invading privacy using drones with zoom capable lenses.
The Security Challenge
Traditional means of securing a facility, or event, including fencing, barriers, permitter alarms, and security personnel are now deficient as a drone bypasses these fixed security measures by flying over them. The capability of some standard drones permits the pilot to have a 7km standoff distance which aids them to avoid detection. The zoom capability of modern day and night cameras allows the drone to avoid detection and capture imagery without limitation. Without drone detection equipment, the presence of a drone will only be detected once it is sighted, which in most cases is too late. In many instances, organisations do not have appropriate policy or procedures in place to address the threat