DRONE WARS: THREATS, VULNERABILITIES AND HOSTILE USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS) AND SMALL UAS (SUAS)

The risk of success of terrorist and negligent attacks on Air Defense Systems (ADS), National Critical Infrastructure (NCI), Commercial Enterprises and Civilian Privacy via UASs /sUAS is dramatically increasing.  This is due to rapid industry growth and deployment, improved commercial UAS capabilities and unlicensed accessibility. Advanced small drones capable of carrying sophisticated imaging equipment, and significant payloads (potentially deadly) are readily available to the civilian market.  Watch the news, high profile Drone / UAV/ UAS incidents are on the rise globally.

A range of terrorist, insurgent, criminal, corporate, activist and hacker threat groups have brazenly demonstrated abilities to use civilian drones to gather intelligence and do harm.

Professor Nichols presentation takes a helicopter view of the UAS / sUAS Landscape: Automation, Collaboration, Conventional Vulnerabilities and Countermeasures; Commercial UAV Sophistication, Sense and Avoid (SAA), and low-hanging fruit, i.e. SCADA systems.

Professor Nichols presents a wake-up call and solutions to reduce the problem / risks.

Presenter: Randall K Nichols, Associate Professor of Practice, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - Cybersecurity, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus & Professor Emeritus - Cybersecurity, Utica College

Randall K Nichols

Randall K. Nichols, DTM, Associate Professor of Practice, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) - Cybersecurity, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus & Professor Emeritus - Cybersecurity, Utica College. Nichols is internationally respected with experience in leadership roles in cryptography, counter-intelligence, INFOSEC, and sensitive computer applications and many published works focused on cybersecurity.

Author/ Developer: MPT/ MS / Certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -Cybersecurity
Author/ Developer: BS Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -Cybersecurity
Retired Chair and Program Developer: MS - Cybersecurity –Intelligence and Forensics
Retired Chair and Program Director: BS – Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Co-Author/ Developer: MPS – Risk Assessment and Cybersecurity Policy
Author/Developer: MS Cyber Surveillance and Warfare

Nichols was COO of INFOSEC Technologies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Espionage, and Information Security Countermeasures to support its 1700 commercial, educational and U.S. government clients.

Nichols served as CEO of COMSEC Solutions, a Cryptographic / Anti-virus / Biometrics Countermeasures Company, which was acquired by a public company in 2000. He served as Vice President of Cryptography and Director of Research.

Nichols served as Technology Director of Cryptography and Biometrics for the International Computer Security Association (ICSA), President, and Vice President of the American Cryptogram Association (ACA). Nichols is internationally respected with 47 years of experience in leadership roles in cryptography, counter-intelligence, INFOSEC, and sensitive computer applications.

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