SoK: Security and privacy in the age of commercial drones

Ben Nassi, Ron Bitton, Ryusuke Masuoka, Asaf Shabtai, Yuval Elovici

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Abstract

As the number of drones increases and the era in which they begin to fill the skies approaches, an important question needs to be answered: From a security and privacy perspective, are society and drones really prepared to handle the challenges that a large volume of flights will create? In this paper, we investigate security and privacy in the age of commercial drones. First, we focus on the research question: Are drones and their ecosystems protected against attacks performed by malicious entities? We list a drone's targets, present a methodology for reviewing attack and countermeasure methods, perform a comprehensive review, analyze scientific gaps, present conclusions, and discuss future research directions. Then, we focus on the research question: Is society protected against attacks conducted using drones? We list targets within society, profile the adversaries, review threats, present a methodology for reviewing countermeasures, perform a comprehensive review, analyze scientific gaps, present conclusions, and discuss future research directions. Finally, we focus on the primary research question: From the security and privacy perspective, are society and drones prepared to take their relationship one step further? Our analysis reveals that the technological means required to protect drones and society from one another has not yet been developed, and there is a tradeoff between the security and privacy of drones and that of society. That is, the level of security and privacy cannot be optimized concurrently for both entities, because the security and privacy of drones cannot be optimized without decreasing the security and privacy of society, and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1434-1451
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189345
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2021
Event42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2021 - Virtual, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 24 May 202127 May 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Volume2021-May
ISSN (Print)1081-6011

Conference

Conference42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, SP 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, San Francisco
Period24/05/2127/05/21

Keywords

  • Drones
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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