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COURSE IS SELF-PACED, AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

DURATION: 18 hours

CPE POINTS: On completion you get a certificate granting you 18 CPE points.

UPDATE: Course materials publication date: February, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. 


Every month, additional modules will be added.

The course "Micro-drone Warfare: Cybersecurity Implications and Countermeasures" provides a uniquely comprehensive exploration of the growing use of micro-drones in modern warfare and the associated cybersecurity challenges. Cybersecurity professionals must recognize their potential threats as micro-drones evolve and become more sophisticated. This course will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to understand, detect, and defend against micro-drone-based cyber attacks.

The course begins with an introduction to micro-drone warfare, delving into the reasons behind their rise in modern warfare and exploring their role in cybersecurity threats. Ethical and legal considerations in micro-drone warfare are also examined.

Learners will then dive into the various types, classifications, and capabilities of micro-drones, including their sensor and payload capabilities and the communication and networking technologies they employ. This understanding sets the foundation for identifying potential vulnerabilities and exploits in micro-drones.

The course addresses the cybersecurity threats micro-drones pose, including reconnaissance and surveillance attacks, physical and cyber attacks, and their potential impact on critical infrastructure. Learners will explore software vulnerabilities, wireless communication vulnerabilities, and GPS spoofing and navigation exploits that malicious actors can leverage.

Why THIS course? 

Relevance to the modern world: Micro-drones are becoming increasingly prevalent and employed in various fields, including military operations, surveillance, delivery services, and disaster management. Understanding the cybersecurity implications and countermeasures associated with micro-drone warfare is crucial in the present technological landscape.

 

Emerging career opportunities: As micro-drone use grows, there will be a rising demand for professionals with expertise in mitigating cybersecurity risks associated with these devices. By acquiring knowledge about micro-drone warfare cybersecurity, students can position themselves for exciting and high-demand career opportunities in cybersecurity, defense, technology, and policy.

 

National security concerns: Micro-drones can be exploited by malicious actors to conduct unauthorized surveillance, gather sensitive information, disrupt critical infrastructure, or even engage in acts of terrorism. Learning about the cybersecurity implications and countermeasures associated with micro-drones equips students with the knowledge to contribute to national security efforts and protect their countries from potential threats.

 

Why NOW? 

Timeliness: Micro-drone warfare and its associated cybersecurity challenges are rapidly evolving. Students can stay updated with the latest advancements, strategies, and countermeasures by taking the course. They can gain insights into current threats and vulnerabilities, ensuring they have relevant knowledge and skills to address emerging challenges.

 

Industry demand: The demand for professionals well-versed in micro-drone warfare cybersecurity is increasing as governments, organizations, and industries recognize the potential risks and seek expert guidance. By enrolling in the course now, students can position themselves as early adopters in a growing field, enhancing their career prospects and becoming sought-after professionals in the cybersecurity domain.

 

Proactive preparedness: As the use of micro-drones expands across various sectors, including defense, transportation, agriculture, and infrastructure, it is essential to be proactive in understanding and mitigating the associated cybersecurity risks. By taking the course now, students can develop an aggressive mindset, learn how to identify vulnerabilities, anticipate threats, and implement robust countermeasures to protect critical systems and infrastructure.

 

Practical skill development: The course can provide students hands-on experience in simulating, testing, and defending against micro-drone cybersecurity threats. By engaging in practical exercises, students can develop skills in vulnerability assessment, threat modeling, secure communication protocols, intrusion detection, and incident response specific to micro-drones. These skills are highly transferable and applicable to other areas within cybersecurity.



Who is this course for?

  • Cybersecurity students and professionals
  • Engineering and Technology Students
  • Military and Law Enforcement professionals 
  • Policy and Legal Experts
  • Technology and Security Consultants

Course benefits:

What skills will you gain?

  • Conduct micro-drone cybersecurity risk assessments: Students will be able to assess the cybersecurity risks associated with micro-drones by identifying vulnerabilities, evaluating potential threats, and estimating the impact and likelihood of risks.
  • Develop and implement micro-drone cybersecurity strategies: Students will know how to devise and implement effective cybersecurity strategies specific to micro-drones. They will be able to design secure communication protocols, encryption techniques, and intrusion detection systems tailored to micro-drone systems.
  • Mitigate micro-drone cybersecurity threats: Students will gain the skills to mitigate cybersecurity threats targeting micro-drones. They will be equipped to identify and address unauthorized access attempts, data interception, tampering, and disruption of micro-drone operations.
  • Analyze and respond to micro-drone cybersecurity incidents: Students will have the ability to analyze cybersecurity incidents involving micro-drones and respond effectively. They will be skilled in incident response procedures, forensic analysis, and recovery measures specific to micro-drone systems.
  • Assess legal and policy implications: Students will be able to evaluate the legal and policy implications associated with micro-drone warfare cybersecurity. They will understand the regulatory frameworks, ethical considerations, and privacy concerns relevant to micro-drones.
  • Risk Assessment and Management: Students can demonstrate their ability to assess cybersecurity risks, conduct threat modeling, and implement risk mitigation strategies, indicating their proficiency in managing and minimizing risks associated with micro-drones.

What will you learn about? 

  • Micro-drone technology: Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of micro-drone systems, their components, functionalities, and capabilities. They will learn about the various types of micro-drones, their applications, and the evolving landscape of micro-drone technology.
  • Cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities: Students will become familiar with the specific cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities associated with micro-drones. They will learn about potential attack vectors, such as unauthorized access, data interception, tampering, and disruption of micro-drone operations.
  • Risk assessment and threat modeling: Students will learn how to assess risks associated with micro-drone systems, conduct threat modeling exercises, and identify potential vulnerabilities. They will gain insights into the methodologies used to evaluate the impact and likelihood of cybersecurity risks.
  • Micro-drone warfare scenarios: Students will explore real-world micro-drone warfare scenarios and case studies. They will analyze historical incidents, understand the tactics employed, and examine the cybersecurity implications of these scenarios.
  • Countermeasures and defense strategies: Students will learn about various countermeasures and defense strategies to protect micro-drones from cybersecurity threats. They will explore encryption techniques, secure communication protocols, intrusion detection systems, and incident response frameworks specific to micro-drone systems.
  • Legal and policy considerations: Students will gain an understanding of the legal and policy frameworks governing micro-drone warfare cybersecurity. They will explore the ethical considerations, privacy implications, international regulations, and national security policies associated with micro-drones.
  • In addition to the specific knowledge areas, students will develop new ways of thinking and frameworks to approach micro-drone warfare cybersecurity, including:
  • Systems thinking: Students will learn to think holistically about micro-drone systems and their interactions within larger technological ecosystems. They will understand how cybersecurity vulnerabilities in one system component can impact the overall security of micro-drone operations.
  • Risk-based mindset: Students will develop a risk-based mindset, learning to assess, prioritize, and mitigate cybersecurity risks associated with micro-drones. They will consider the potential impact of threats, the likelihood of occurrence, and the effectiveness of countermeasures in managing risks effectively.
  • Ethical considerations: Students will be encouraged to think critically about the ethical implications of micro-drone warfare cybersecurity. They will explore the balance between security needs, individual privacy rights, and the responsible use of micro-drones in various contexts.

 



 

 

What tools will you use?

  • Drone Simulator
  • Drone Performance Evaluation Tools

COURSE PREREQUISITES

Course format: 

  • Self-paced
  • Pre-recorded
  • Accessible even after you finish the course
  • No preset deadlines
  • Materials are video, labs, and text
  • All videos captioned

What should you know before you join?

  • Basic understanding of computer networks and communication protocols
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity concepts and principles
  • Knowledge of operating systems and software fundamentals
  • Familiarity with basic electronics and hardware components
  • Basic understanding of wireless communication and signal transmission

What will you need?

  • PC, tablet, smartphone
  • Internet connection

Your instructor: Rhonda Johnson

Rhonda Johnson has taught beginning and intermediate college-level courses in Computer Science and is currently a Ph.D. student in Technology Management/Innovation Management specializing in Cybersecurity at Northcentral University. Johnson holds Mile2 certifications Certified Digital Forensics Examiner and Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. As the owner of Ogun Drone Forensics Training LLC in Houston, TX, she provides continuing learning courses in the field of Drone Forensics.

 


COURSE SYLLABUS


Module 0: Before the course

  • To fully benefit from the micro-drone warfare cybersecurity implications and countermeasures course, students are expected to have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity concepts and principles. Familiarity with networking protocols, encryption, and common cybersecurity threats will be advantageous. Additionally, basic knowledge of drone technology and its applications would be beneficial.

  • Regarding software familiarity, students should have a basic understanding of operating systems, networking tools, and common cybersecurity software. It would be helpful for students to be familiar with tools such as Wireshark, Burp Suite, cryptographic libraries, IDS/IPS systems, vulnerability scanners, and forensic analysis tools. However, detailed instructions and demonstrations of these tools will be provided during the course.

 

Module Workload Suggested Module Time: 3 hours


Module 1:  Introduction to Micro-drone Warfare

The general theme of the first module, "Introduction to Micro-drone Warfare," is to provide an overview and understanding of the concept of micro-drone warfare and its implications on cybersecurity.

 

The course's first module introduces micro-drone warfare, setting the foundation for understanding the cybersecurity implications and countermeasures associated with this emerging field. Students will gain insights into the evolving landscape of micro-drone technology, its applications in warfare scenarios, and the unique cybersecurity challenges it presents. The module aims to familiarize students with key concepts, terminology, and the broader context in which micro-drones are deployed in military operations.

 

  •  Overview of Micro-drone Technology
  •  Micro-drone Warfare Scenarios
  •  Benefits and Risks of Micro-drone Warfare
  • Regulatory and Legal Frameworks

Case Study Analysis: Students will analyze real-world micro-drone warfare scenarios and case studies discussed in the module. They will be presented with specific incidents and required to identify cybersecurity implications, evaluate risks, and propose countermeasures. This exercise reinforces critical thinking skills and the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Module Workload Suggested Module Time: 3 hours


Module 2: Micro-drone Technologies and Capabilities

The course's second module delves into the technologies and capabilities of micro-drones, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects and functionalities of these small unmanned aerial systems. Students will explore the different components, sensors, communication protocols, flight controls, and data collection capabilities employed in micro-drones. The module aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary to analyze the cybersecurity implications arising from these technologies and develop appropriate countermeasures.

This module explores the various components, sensors, communication systems, flight controls, and data processing capabilities of micro-drones, enabling students to identify potential vulnerabilities and develop targeted countermeasures. By understanding the intricacies of micro-drone systems, students can assess the potential risks, vulnerabilities, and attack vectors that adversaries may exploit. This knowledge empowers them to devise robust cybersecurity strategies to safeguard micro-drone operations.

  •  Micro-drone Components and Architecture 
  •  Micro-drone sensors and data collection
  •  Communications and Control system
  •  Flight Controls and Autonomy
  • Data Processing

Conceptual Quiz: Students will complete a quiz that tests their understanding of key concepts covered in the module, such as micro-drone technology, warfare scenarios, benefits and risks, regulatory frameworks, and current trends. This exercise reinforces the theoretical knowledge gained in the module and helps students assess their comprehension of the material.

Module Workload Suggested Module Time: 3 hours


Module 3: Micro Drone Forensics

The third module expands upon the course's theme by focusing on investigating and analyzing micro-drone-related incidents from a forensic standpoint. Students will learn the techniques, methodologies, and tools used to collect, preserve, and analyze digital evidence associated with micro-drone operations. The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct forensic investigations, uncover potential threats, and gather actionable intelligence from micro-drone-related incidents.

By studying micro-drone forensics, students gain a holistic understanding of the entire lifecycle of micro-drone warfare. It expands their knowledge beyond the technical aspects and cybersecurity implications to the investigation and analysis of incidents involving micro-drones. This comprehensive understanding is crucial for developing effective countermeasures and contributing to the overall security of micro-drone operations.

  •  Intro to Digital Forensics
  •  Micro-Drone Incident Response
  •  Micro-Drone data analysis and recovery
  •  Micro-drone forensics case studies

Exercise #1: Evidence Analysis: Using appropriate forensic tools and methodologies, students will analyze the digital evidence to reconstruct a fictional incident, identify the cause, and gather intelligence regarding the involved parties.

 

Module Workload Suggested Module Time: 3 hours


Module 4: Vulnerabilities and Exploits in Micro-drones

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The course's final module focuses on identifying and understanding the security vulnerabilities present in micro-drone systems. It delves into the various techniques and tactics employed by attackers to exploit these vulnerabilities and compromise the security and integrity of micro-drone operations. Students will learn about different types of exposures, potential attack vectors, and the impact of successful exploits. The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to assess, mitigate, and protect against vulnerabilities and exploits in micro-drones.

 

This module is essential to include in the course as it focuses on the vulnerabilities and exploits associated with micro-drones, a critical aspect of understanding the cybersecurity implications of micro-drone warfare.

It is essential to study this topic because identifying vulnerabilities and understanding the potential exploits in micro-drone systems are crucial for developing effective countermeasures and protecting against cyber threats. As micro-drone use increases, awareness of their weaknesses and potential risks becomes essential.



 

  • Overview of Micro-drone Vulnerabilities
  • 4.2 Attack Vectors and Techniques
  • Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Analysis
  • Exploit Development 
  • Countermeasures and Mitigation Strategies

Exercise 1: Vulnerability Assessment and Exploitation

Objective: To assess vulnerabilities in a simulated micro-drone system and develop exploits to exploit them.

 

Description: In this exercise, students will work individually to perform a vulnerability assessment on a provided micro-drone system. The exercise involves the following steps:

 

  • Vulnerability Assessment

 

  • Vulnerability Exploitation

 

  • Impact Analysis and Recommendations

Module Workload Suggested Module Time: 3 hours

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Final exam:

Topics for Final Exam:

 

  • Definition and key concepts of micro-drone warfare
  • Understanding the components, subsystems, and capabilities of micro-drones
  • Analysis of different micro-drone warfare scenarios and their strategic implications
  • Evaluation of the benefits and risks associated with micro-drone warfare
  • Knowledge of the regulatory and legal frameworks governing micro-drone operations
  • Identification and analysis of vulnerabilities in micro-drone systems
  • Understanding of exploit techniques and methods used to compromise micro-drones
  • Ability to propose and implement countermeasures for micro-drone security
  • Application of forensic techniques in investigating micro-drone incidents
  • Ethical and legal considerations in micro-drone Warfare and Cybersecurity

 


Contact:

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