According to the results of the recent Kaspersky Business Digitisation survey that was conducted in the Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa region, 44% of employees surveyed in South Africa are afraid of drone spying.
Corporate spies and hackers use drones to get trade secrets, confidential information, and other sensitive data from corporations and data centres. A drone can carry a device for hacking into corporate networks – for instance, a smartphone, a compact computer (eg. Raspberry Pi), or a signal interceptor (eg. Wi-Fi Pineapple), and hackers use these devices to access corporate data and disrupt communications. All wireless communication (WiFi, Bluetooth, RFID, etc.) is vulnerable to drone attacks.
Drones bring cyberespionage to a new level as they can access data channels that a traditional off-site hacker could not obtain. Most often drone spy threat concerns were mentioned by survey respondents in the spheres of IT, manufacturing, and energy. Overall, 63% of employees surveyed in South Africa said their company would benefit from installing drone detection systems to protect the business from spying.
A counter drone technology is a system used to detect, classify, and mitigate drones. These systems employ a wide combination of sensors, including radars, radio frequency analysers, cameras, lidars, jammers and other sensors, to track, analyse drone activity.
Overall, 75% of employees surveyed in South Africa fear cyberespionage within their industry. The most frequent concerns about espionage are that it could lead to organisations losing money (mentioned by 35% of respondents) and intellectual property (29%), as well as harming business reputation (17%).
Threat intelligence plays a crucial role in countering cyberespionage by providing actionable insights and proactive measures: continuously monitoring corporate IT systems for signs of espionage-related activities such as reconnaissance and data exfiltration and identifying threat actors. Threat intelligence provides IP addresses, malware signatures, and patterns of behaviour which enable cybersecurity teams to detect and block espionage-related attacks in real-time.
“Our research showed that most business representatives understand the dangers of cyberespionage. Getting information on the tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber spies helps organisations adapt their defences and develop countermeasures to thwart these tactics effectively,” sayss Andrew Voges, GM for Africa at Kaspersky. “Cyberespionage is typically carried out by the means of phishing, malware, exploits, and targeted attacks, but today we also need to take the threat of drone spying into account.
“At Kaspersky, we provide organisations with solutions to counter both ‘traditional’ means of cyber spying and new ones, like spying from drones,” Voges adds. “Kaspersky Threat Intelligence helps organisations increase the awareness and knowledge of high-profile cyberespionage campaigns with comprehensive and practical reporting. And Kaspersky Antidrone detects, classifies and mitigates unwanted objects in the air, getting all the information on the drone in one single Web interface. The solution allows to monitor the airspace of the controlled zone in automatic mode.”