Drones: The New Weapon for Espionage and Data Hacking

Drones: The New Weapon for Espionage and Data Hacking

April 11, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sands 304 Level 1


The interruption of a data center’s operations can cause system malfunctions and server failures, financial damages (including losses by customers), and can diminish brand image or prompt a loss of client confidence. The FAA and other federal regulatory bodies are behind in developing and enforcing regulations to protect vulnerable buildings and drone operators can easily evade and ignore existing regulations. Therefore, data centers and organizations with critical infrastructure must be proactive in protecting their airspace and vulnerable buildings from unauthorized drone activity. Data center security personnel are acutely aware that it only takes a few grams of a mysterious powder to be dropped into a cooling unit to trigger a catastrophe. Drones have been designed to steadily carry sensitive payloads, from cameras, medical supplies to pesticides. In addition to modifying them to cause physical harm, drones can be modified by hackers, designed specifically for spying or to infiltrate a network.  So, data center operators need to be aware of risks and mitigation strategies to their operation and employees’ safety.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Develop a more robust, informed security program for infrastructure.
2. Advise end-users of the drone specific risks posed to their organization.
3. Identify the specific threats drones pose to different end-users and organizations, and security solutions being deployed to mitigate risk and prevent catastrophes/attacks.


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