Drone cybersecurity policy still up in the air

Internet of Things

Drone cybersecurity policy still up in the air


The internet-of-things ecosystem poses new challenges for supply chain and data security, but experts say cybersecurity assessments should focus more on hard facts than suspicions about a particular country of origin.

A memo sent in August from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement intelligence office in Los Angeles to law enforcement organizations across the nation underlined concerns among some in government about the potential for backdoors into connected devices that could compromise U.S. interests.

Citing a drone industry source with “first and secondhand access,” the memo warned that small drones sold in the U.S. by Chinese drone maker Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) were most likely downloading sensitive data gathered in the U.S., including data on gas and water critical infrastructure sites, to the Chinese government’s cloud.

The memo

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