"Cybersecurity involves a lot of data, and there are a number of ways that data science can help security professionals find important information."
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals sponsored a scholarship contest this summer to attend a security conference. Selections were based on a white paper on cybersecurity-related topics. I wrote about securing drones, using research from NASA Ames Research Center.
Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAEs), are becoming more widely used for applications in shipping, law enforcement, farming, and photography, yet have become targets of increasingly sophisticated attacks. Autonomous drones that don’t use remote control can also be vulnerable to attacks because of their reliance on sensors, particularly GPS, for navigation.
NASA developed Realizable Responsive Unobtrusive Unit (R2U2), a framework for monitoring security properties and detecting threats in drones. It uses formal logic to reason about inputs from a drone’s sensors and can help detect GPS tampering or deviations from flight plans. It did well when tested with simulated attacks.
Based on NASA data, I'll have an opportunity to attend a security conference and enhance my knowledge and skills.