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Chinese-Manufactured Drones Pose Cybersecurity Threat to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently released a report stating that Chinese-manufactured Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, present a substantial risk to critical infrastructure and national security in the United States. New laws that grant the government extensive legal authority to access and control data held by Chinese firms have been implemented by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The CISA report can be found here.

According to Homeland Security Today, To address this threat, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are advising U.S. critical infrastructure owners and operators to exercise caution when procuring Chinese-manufactured UAS. The agencies recommend prioritizing UAS that adhere to secure-by-design principles, with a particular emphasis on those produced by U.S. companies.

CISA and the FBI stress the importance of following secure-by-design principles to reduce the risk to networks and sensitive information. They further guide cybersecurity measures and best practices for organizations procuring and operating UAS. By adopting these recommendations, U.S. entities can enhance their cybersecurity posture and mitigate potential threats associated with the use of Chinese-manufactured drones.

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