Cybersecurity Analysis in the UAV Domain: the Practical Approach of the Labyrinth Project

Miguel-Ángel Fas-Millán, Francesca Soro, Oliver Jung (Autor:in und Vortragende:r), Abdelkader Shaaban

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In the last decades, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are finding more and more fields of application. Their flexibility and cost-efficiency
make them useful to support complex operations in agriculture, remote sensing or construction, just to name a few. In the Labyrinth
project we aim at investigating the applicability of UAV usage to critical scenarios like air, water and road traffic control or emergency,
with a strict focus on safety, security and efficiency. This involves also the cybersecurity aspect, which is the main focus of this work.
UAVs used in critical applications are in fact potentially exposed to a wide set of cyber threats.
The NIST cybersecurity framework [17] defines five different security functions which are: identify, protect, detect, respond and
recover. In this paper we address the identify and detect functions with an approach involving threat analysis and anomaly detection.
Firstly, we identify which threats pose a significant risk to the Labyrinth use case, for instance leading to the collision of UAVs in
case an attacker is successful. Secondly, we present a machine learning-based pipeline aimed at detecting deviations in the position
reportings of the drone, to support the detect function during flight operations. The pipeline is tailored to the Labyrinth system
reporting needs and is based on unsupervised machine learning to overcome the lack of labeled data. Anomalous points, i.e., points
deviating from a coherent path, potentially because of a cyber-attack or a failure, are visually separated from the
TitelGoodIT '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on Information Technology for Social Good
Herausgeber (Verlag)Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (elektronisch)9798400701160
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 6 Sept. 2023
VeranstaltungGoodIT '23: ACM International Conference on Information Technology for Social Good - Lisbon, Portugal
Dauer: 6 Sept. 20238 Sept. 2023


KonferenzGoodIT '23: ACM International Conference on Information Technology for Social Good
KurztitelGoodIT '23

Research Field

  • Cyber Security


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