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1 Cybersecurity and UAV Issues John Rose, Deputy-Director, Public Policy, Region VI

2 A CCELERATING THE I NTEGRATION OF UAV/UAS INTO THE N ATIONAL A IR S PACE (NAS) Drones doesnt = FAA Schedule RFP out 2012; first operational January 2013 Civilian Applications Teal: $89B worldwide UAV Market FAA Certificate Of Authorization

3 3 The FAA, in partnership with NASA and private industry should immediately accelerate efforts for established requirements and the development of technology to safely and adequately address sense and avoid concerns. The 2015 date for the development of an integration plan should be accelerated to avoid possible stagnation in the industry due to an inability for the technology to be utilized in the US NAS. A more robust and permanent certification process for domestic UAV/UAS use, that avoids the case by case review, must be established to support the momentum of increased usage. The FAA, along with operators, should establish a Code of Ethics and policies regarding the collection, storage, and dissemination of data collected by the operators. As required by the 2012 FAA Reauthorization Act, the FAA needs to issue, as soon as possible, the RFP for the six (6) test sites that will study UAV integration into the NAS. A CCELERATING THE I NTEGRATION OF UAV/UAS INTO THE N ATIONAL A IR S PACE (NAS)

4 W HY A R OBUST AND I NTEGRATED C YBERSECURITY P OLICY IS O NE OF O UR T OP N ATIONAL S ECURITY P RIORITIES America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks... Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy. Thats why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks State of the Union Address- The order, which does not have the same force as law, directs federal authorities to improve information sharing on cyber threats including some that may be classified with companies that provide or support critical infrastructure.

5 5 Congress needs to immediately pass the Cybersecurity Act of Both houses of congress need to work with opponents to find common ground on which to get the act passed. Until its passage, key parts of the US cybersecurity policy will be held in limbo. Past GAO report recommendations that highlight areas at risk in both USG networks and vulnerabilities in the critical infrastructure are still not fully implemented. All major federal agencies should immediately address noted weaknesses in their critical systems. Congress should work to consolidate cybersecurity policy and resources around a single USG agency that can best execute the mandate. Competing policy and funding requests will result in fragmented and counter-productive efforts amongst a variety of agencies. Congress needs to realize that multiple agencies will be competing for adequately trained and experienced cyber personnel from the same pool, likely resulting in shortages. Congress should work to create STEM minded, but cyber focused, programs that will allow for the right sized workforce to be developed. Congress should direct the FAA to verify and provide a report to Congress that the Next Generation Air Traffic Management systems (NextGen) is taking all necessary and conceivable steps to safeguard its system from DDOS and all other types of cyber attacks. The Senate should move to finalize its version of HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act and bring it up for immediate vote and passage as was done in the House. Recommendations: W HY A R OBUST AND I NTEGRATED C YBERSECURITY P OLICY IS O NE OF O UR T OP N ATIONAL S ECURITY P RIORITIES


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