Implications of Cyber Threats for the Design of Unmanned Air Traffic Management System
Ng, Wee Keong
Lam, Kwok Yan
Mohamed Faisal Bin Mohamed Salleh
Date of Issue2017
2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS)
School of Computer Science and Engineering
Air Traffic Management Research Institute
Unmanned aircraft are quickly gaining credibility as an efficient tool for a wide range of tasks. With the increase in the amount of UAVs in the sky, the need for the UAV traffic management arises. Unmanned air traffic management system (UTMS), especially in the urban airspace, could be considered as a critical infrastructure, which—if disrupted—can lead to severe monetary losses and even casualties. As a computerized system, UTMS is susceptible to cyber attacks ranging from cyber vandalism to cyber warfare. This work considers cyber threats to the UTMS, and how it should be designed in order to be resilient to these threats. The work was performed as a part of the early design of an urban UTMS in Singapore; however, the findings are applicable to designing UTMS for any urban environment.
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