Johns Hopkins Researchers and OnBoard Security Team Up to Protect Drones
March 6, 2018
OnBoard Security™, a leader in Internet of Things (IoT) security, announced today that a graduate student team at the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute (JHUISI) has successfully demonstrated the protection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka Drones, from cyber-attacks. OnBoard Security collaborated with the research effort providing mentoring, industry insight, and the use of their Aerolink® communication security libraries. This is the first implementation of Aerolink outside of the automotive industry.
With increasing automation and widespread use of UAVs, potential cyber-attacks on aerial fleets are already a major concern. The Johns Hopkins project aims at implementing a secure Sense and Avoid (SAA) system to avoid collisions in real-time using cryptographically-augmented Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) messages. Without cryptographic protections, such as those provided by Aerolink security libraries, current UAV’s are vulnerable to packet forging, replay, message modification and Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks. Aerolink provides message authentication and integrity checking to protect against all of these attacks.
“Aerolink is the leading security solution for Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications,” explained Dr. Jonathan Petit, Senior Director of Research at OnBoard Security. “The well-thought-out security schemes designed for connected and autonomous vehicles utilizing high volumes of signed messages in a limited bandwidth environment makes Aerolink ideal for unmanned aircraft. The team at Johns Hopkins is leading the way to safer and more secure UAV operation through message authentication.”