6.5. Data security

Data collected by sensor or camera payloads might be sensitive and require hardened security settings (e.g. strong encryption). This not only refers to data transmissions via radio link but also to data handling and data storage on the ground after the flight.

Refer to the section on control stations for additional information.


  1. Weak security and encryption allows hackers to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data like images, video feeds or sensor data feeds.
  2. Loss of sensitive data.

Audit Steps

  1. Assess security measures to protect data links between the remote aircraft and ground from hacking attacks.
  2. Assess security measures in place to protect data handling and data storage on the ground.


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