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-Unifly, a Terra Drone group company, successfully completes an innovative UTM cybersecurity model project in partnership with FAA

TOKYO, Dec. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Unifly, a Terra Drone Corporation group company and a leading provider of unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems, proudly announces the successful completion of the Unified Cybersecurity Model project UTM, awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Broad Agency Announcement call 003. In partnership with Rhea Group and NY UAS Test Site, the project aims to refine a UTM cybersecurity model, including requirements and certification scheme, and validate the model in an operational environment.

With the rapid growth of the drone industry, ensuring the safety of our airspace is more important than ever. UTM systems have a great responsibility in this regard. The key characteristics of UTM systems (software-based, highly automated and relatively recent) make them an attractive target for cyberattacks that exploit vulnerabilities, threatening aviation security, the privacy of airspace users and commercial operations. . No comprehensive system requirements approach, much less a unified certification scheme, has been developed to assess and validate the cybersecurity of UTM systems. These breaches have triggered an urgent need for an updated security framework.

In the initial phase of the project, interviews were conducted with the following actors in the UTM ecosystem:

In addition to these inputs, the project team refined the system requirements and security controls for the updated prototype model. The extensive validation process encompassed more than 60 actual flights in various operating environments at the NY Test site in Syracuse, using Unifly’s Broadcast Identification and Location Device (BLIP). These flights covered three scenarios: operations under optimal conditions, operations subject to simulated attacks and operations with countermeasures against such attacks.

Several reports have been delivered containing findings and best practices, which will serve as a basis for the future development of the cybersecurity framework. The results of this project will not only benefit the UTM industry but also various stakeholders, including drone operators, regulators and the public, by ensuring the safety and privacy of all airspace users. By implementing advanced cybersecurity measures, we can all have peace of mind that our airspace is safe. Unifly is dedicated to partnering with industry leaders to improve drone safety.

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