A Bit More on Drones, Wi-Fi, and Beyond

It started with a routine signature update to Fluke Network’s AirMagnet Enterprise. Add in a little media engagement and the fact that drones are all over the news for a number of reasons, and you have a lot of buzz around AirMagnet being the first WIPS to detect the presence and activities of the market’s favorite drone. 

Some in the WLAN industry are saying of drones “big deal, it’s a minor threat”. Others are calling it a timely recognition of a new concern to network security. Wherever you come down on the threat to businesses and business Wi-Fi from intrusive drones, here’s a couple of articles on the AirMagnet signature topic to pick from.

Now beyond AirMagnet calling the AR drones a threat, there are activities afoot that provide further food for thought. For example, Darren Kitchen and crew at Hak5  have parlayed technolust and interest in drones into some interesting activities.

There’s more from this group, but I caution you: watching Hak5 videos is addicting.

To get a glimpse of just how rooted drones of various types and sophistication are becoming rooted in our culture, do a simple Google search on “drones and higher ed” and you’ll find fascinating examples of students formally learning all about drones on the way to their eventual careers, and here’s an example.

And in case you’ve been living in a bunker under a gravel pit in Missouri, Amazon is proceeding with their seemingly goofy idea of package delivery with drones.

Sure, big drones can blast the bejeezus out of bad guys hiding in difficult terrain in far off places, and that’s where the bigger drone story has it’s roots. But there is a bigger drone story, and sooner or later it’ll touch ever more facets of every day life.

This is gonna be a wild ride whether you buy into drones as a threat to Wi-Fi or not.

3 thoughts on “A Bit More on Drones, Wi-Fi, and Beyond

  1. CHemantC

    Agreed Drones are real and fascinating. WiFi threat vectors are real. But shouldn’t WIPS protect from WiFi threats independent of their carrier. If it does not, then every drone and balloon will require new signature and that is classic false alarm trap.

    1. wirednot Post author

      It seems that you’re making an either/or case, and saying that what the drone is carrying (maybe a Pineapple?) Is more important than the vehicle itself (the drone). If a WIPS can report on both, why not? How is more information bad in this case? I wouldn’t want alerts on drones flying a block away in the park, but if one is hovering outside of my company’s windows and harvesting info with photography, that’s an alertable offense, no?

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