Protecting drone security: Research team videos demonstrate success

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Protecting drone security: Research team videos demonstrate success

November 20, 2019

November 20, 2019

When the Air Force sought answers to the challenge of drone security, they looked to researchers at University of Michigan, University of Virginia, Carnegie-Mellon, BBN Technologies and Arizona State University’s Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society for answers.

The collaborative research, led by Prof. Westley Weimer at the University of Michigan, developed methods for unmanned vehicles such as drones to automatically detect and repair security problems during a mission. The team recently produced four videos that demonstrate the repair system in action for different types of security risks: an information leak attack, a logic bug attack, a sensor attack and a segmentation fault attack.

To view an information leak attack, click here

To view a logic bug attack, click here

To view a sensor attack, click here

To view a segmentation fault attack, click here

Stephanie Forrest, director of the Biodesign Center for Biocomputing, Security and Society and a professor at ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decisive Systems Engineering, explained that the center’s unique approach to translating biological concepts to computation was behind the evolutionary algorithms that help the drone recover from security breaches.

The research was funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s  Trusted and Resilient Mission Operation.

 

Written by: Dianne Price