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Posted By:Jane Edwards The U.S. Air Force has teamed up with technology accelerator Techstars to look for startups with novel platforms that work against hostile unmanned aerial systems as part of the AFWERX program, Government Executive reported Thursday. The AFWERX program aims to facilitate collaboration with the private sector and academic institutions to develop novel technology systems designed to help Air...

Defense One February 1, 2018 BY PATRICK TUCKER TECHNOLOGY EDITOR A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines. Weaponized off-the-shelf drones are a growing problem for U.S. troops, in part because commercial tech moves faster than the Pentagon programs that aim to counter it. So four U.S. Air Force captains took...

The U.S. military is committed to moving faster to get high technology into the field, according to several speakers at the opening day of AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense. Protection. Security in Maryland. “We need new unmanned systems, fast,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. The USMC...

Drone Data Security and UAV Forensics We were fortunate to be invited to an online roundtable discussion on drone data security and UAV forensics led by Gary Mortimer at sUAS News. Initially planned for about half an hour, we ran a full hour and covered a lot of interesting points. This is a great...

Getting accurate information to investigators in a timely manner is critical in most investigations, and this is true in UAV investigations as well. Using URSA we can generate this type of report from any DJI onboard flight log (FLYxxx.DAT), any DJI app log (e.g. DJI Go), and any PixHawk flight...

UAV lawnmower pattern Image courtesy of Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Appeared in Vol.5 No.5 of LIDAR Magazine I've been talking about the potential risks of an adversary gaining access to your UAV data for awhile. People are most concerned about their sensor data, the actual...

UAV forensics extracts a wealth of valuable data about UAVs, the flights they took, how the operator managed the UAV, and much more. Unfortunately, that information is often extremely dense and hard to comprehend quickly. Our system is designed to overcome that hurdle through integration with other tools. Let's use flight...

We are often asked for copies of the various presentations we've given over the years on UAV forensics and cybersecurity. Rather than emailing them out every time, we are posting them here for easy access. The material is offered with only one restriction - please do not use these materials...

See original article published on Paraben UAV Forensics for First Responders By David Kovar & Greg Dominguez 21 June 2017 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, continue to gain popularity with commercial and hobby operators domestically. Unfortunately, ISIS and other non-state actors are finding consumer UAVs to be extremely effective on...

David Kovar presented a talk on UAVs, IoT, and Cybersecurity at the LISA conference in Boston on December 7th, 2016. The abstract for the talk was: "Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) aka “drones” are all the rage—$500 UAVs are used in professional racing leagues and major corporations are building $100,000 UAVs to...

Legal Challenges Facing Civilian Counter-UAV Systems Consumer/commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) sales and operations are increasing rapidly according to sales figures, media reports, and various studies. So too are unconventional uses of these drones by non-state actors and criminals, as well as perceived privacy violations by regular operators. The result is...