Robotic Security a Concern for Many

Published by , April 4, 2016 4:57 am

(NakedSecurity) Professor David M. Lane, professor of autonomous systems engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, says robot security is “clearly a big issue.” Although the technology for securing robots against hacker attacks is readily available, researchers and engineers building robots aren’t focused on security, Lane says. “I do think that technologists have a habit of approaching security as an afterthought, historically,” Lane said.
Justin Manley, a consultant and managing director of Just Innovation, said that security failures in drones, for example, are cultural rather than technological. For decades we couldn’t even talk to our robot,” Manley says. “So we really didn’t care about security. We’ve got decades of history of not thinking about it, so it’s a big deal to change and say, ‘Oh, my robot can talk to another robot, maybe I need to worry about what that other robot tells my robot.’”