Unmanned Aerial Systems Cyber Liabilities

        Unmanned Aerial Systems


Perhaps the greatest potential liability regarding unmanned aerial systems comes from the cyber risks posed by UAS. The greatest fear is that a hacker might hijack a drone and fly it into a commercial airliner or some other populated location, resulting in massive property damage and loss of life.

However, while that scenario is possible, other scenarios are more likely avenues of loss. Customer data—names, addresses, credit card numbers, images, videos, etc.—is a far more enticing target for hackers, and one that an enterprising thief with a little skill and a wireless transmitter might be able to access from a drone flying overhead.

While the military and hobbyists have been using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as drones, for some time, businesses are just starting to adapt the technology for their own uses. UAS are creating new opportunities—and new risks—for businesses to evaluate, and regulators and insurance carriers are scrambling to keep pace.