Recent events, claims of hacking and an April, 2015 GAO report have highlighted the potential risks of an aircraft to cyberattacks. In response to those warnings the FAA convened a “private meeting” to address the security of these systems. Obviously the sensitivity of this issue is the reason for this non-public review (the group may be empowered by a federal advisory charter). What remains to be seen is the technical scope of their work.
The conversion of Russian military helicopter to civilian use may fill an important, immediate need for America, but it will be tough to get through the FAA.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said drones “will be an issue for federal, state and local security during the 2016 presidential race.” Why did he make such a strong prediction and how might it impact this nascent industry?