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Drones are playing an increasing significant role in society, from transport to delivery and mobility. They have become an important asset and tool for organizations looking for better and safer ways to get things done.


However, there are risks associated with these 'flying computers'. Drones collect, store and transmit data (video, audio, GPS telemetry) over wireless communications to devices and in some cases, the unprotected cloud. Unlike physical computers where assets can be kept in a secure room behind layers of physical security, drones are more susceptible as they are remote and can be autonomously controlled without any human operators nearby. Data can be intercepted in various ways during flight and the drone itself can also be taken down via multiple means, exposing potentially sensitive data to attackers.



To fully realize the positive capabilities of drones, there needs to be a focus on ensuring security. In this webinar, we will look at the cyber and physical security of drones, their vulnerabilities and solutions to better secure these "aerial cyber-physical systems". Join us if you are planning to use drones in your business, have a commercial drone programme or want to be part of the drone-ecosystem of the future.


Agenda

11 AM - 11:05 AM
Welcome and introduction by AAIS
11:05 AM - 11:25 AM
Teaching and Learning Cybersecurity through Drones
Drones (UAVs) are an exciting way to get people of all ages excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, including cybersecurity. In this session, you'll learn the...
Drones (UAVs) are an exciting way to get people of all ages excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, including cybersecurity. In this session, you'll learn the four pillars of drones in education that help ignite the passion of aerospace cybersecurity. Heather will share with you ways that you can get involved in UAVs and cybersecurity and how you can help instil the love for aerospace and cybersecurity in younger generations.
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11:25 AM - 11:45 AM
Proliferating the Game of Drones: Attacks and Defense
Drones have evolved from being tools of reconnaissance to deadly weapons. UAVs have changed the way wars, especially low-intensity conflicts, are being waged. Whether you are interested in u...
Drones have evolved from being tools of reconnaissance to deadly weapons. UAVs have changed the way wars, especially low-intensity conflicts, are being waged. Whether you are interested in using the technology or not, it is impossible to escape the continual presence of drones in our everyday lives.
Drones' excessive use makes them vulnerable to be hacked and used for malicious purposes. There are also security loopholes in this technology like the radio waves which can be exploited by rivals and can cause a large amount of destruction or loss of data. This presentation discusses the threats and challenges to the security of armed drones from RF-based attacks.
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11:45 AM - 12 PM
Panel Session/Moderated Q&A

Speakers

  • Mike Monnik (CEO of DroneSec)

    Mike Monnik

    CEO of DroneSec

    https://dronesec.com/

    Co-Founder of DroneSec, providing cyber-security and threat intelligence solutions for the commercial drone sector. Mike has a deeply technical background spanning from penetration testing, red team operations and offensive cyber-security consulting with a fusion of drones. Both a hobbyist and commercial drone operator, Mike aims to provide safe and secure drone operations to global mobility, delivery and transport for the years to come.

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  • Heather Monthie (Aerospace Cybersecurity Architect)

    Heather Monthie

    Aerospace Cybersecurity Architect

    Heather Monthie, PhD is an accomplished education leader, cybersecurity professional, aviation enthusiasts, author, podcaster, and mentor. Heather has over 20 years experience in K-12, post-secondary, and private sector education. She has transformed low-performing education programs into flourishing, performance-based organizations that focus on learners and teachers. Heather is a Cybersecurity Professor and was formerly a Dean and Vice-President of Academics at various institutions of higher education. She currently works as an Aerospace Cybersecurity Architect at one of the world's largest engineering firms.

    Passionate about cybersecurity education, Heather has published the book, “Beginner’s Guide to Developing a High School Cybersecurity Program” designed to help homeschool families and high school teachers support their children learn more about cybersecurity. She is also the host of the Cyber Coffee Talk podcast. Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AZ Cyber Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to high school cybersecurity education. Heather has also served on AZ Governor Ducey's Arizona Cyber Team as a higher education representative, served as co-chair of the collegiate working group of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), and served on the Executive Council of CompTIA AITP. As part of her work in higher education, Heather was the recipient of the Gen Cyber grant to provide training to high school teachers on cybersecurity. In addition, she worked with Code.org to help train Arizona high school teachers in computer science.

    Heather has also founded Educators Who Drone, an online community of teachers, parents, and pilots who are dedicated to introducing kids to aviation and other STEM disciplines through drones.
    Heather has earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, a Master’s in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Information Technology. She holds a Certified Cybersecurity Systems Architect certification. She is also an FAA Certificated Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot with an Instrument rating, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Part 107 Unmanned Aircraft Pilot.

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  • Harshit Agrawal (RF Security Researcher)

    Harshit Agrawal

    RF Security Researcher

    Harshit Agrawal is currently working as a Radio and Telecom Security Researcher. He is enthusiastic about Signal Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, IoT Security, and Drone Pentesting. He presented his research paper at International Security conferences like RSAC USA, HITB Cyberweek, DSCI AISS Summit, HackSummit Poland, Hack In Paris, HITB Amsterdam, Securityfest Sweden, Nanosec Malaysia, CISO Platform Conference Bangalore, and Dakota-Con USA. Previously he was President at CSI Chapter and Vice President for Entrepreneurship cell at MIT, where he also headed the team of security enthusiasts which gave him a good insight into cybersecurity and increased his thirst to explore more in this field. He is a Student, Programmer, Researcher, and a strong believer in providing something out of the box.

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