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  • Wednesday 14th

    November 2018

  • From 09:00 AM

    To 10:30 AM

  • Pell Center

  • Free

Cybersecurity in the Commercial Drone Industry: Threats and Mitigation of Risk

Drones are becoming increasingly important for businesses of all types and sizes. Many drone applications already exist, but many more will certainly arise as drone technology continues to evolve and advance.

In this session, we will discuss how drones can collect valuable data and increase productivity, safety and efficiency across all industries. We will also discuss an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 regulations, waivers, the FAA “DroneZone” and the FAA’s LAANC portal. We will also discuss the onslaught of cybersecurity concerns and threats that need to be addressed for better drone control as they continue to operate in the national airspace.

Cybersecurity threats, and mitigation of risk, is such an important piece of the drone industry because according to a recent Gartner report, there will be 10 times more commercial drones than manned aircraft by 2020. Several millions of commercial drones will be flying missions worldwide by 2020, which will drive changes in the industry to accommodate the additional vehicle traffic. Similarly in the U.S. alone, the FAA forecasts that by 2021, the non-hobbyist fleet will most likely be 10 times larger than it was in 2016. Drone security issues have already been reported and includes collision risks, drone hacking and privacy concerns to mention but a few.

Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. Ms. Rattigan advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. Ms. Rattigan also provides legal advice regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, education, energy, and construction.