With the growing spread in the use of UAVs for civil and military applications and the increasing availability in the market of low-cost RF equipment, attacks are becoming more common and their impact more relevant, compromising both the security of drones operations and the safety of human beings.
The Cyber security Test & Evaluation Facility (CyTEF), is an infrastructure able to perform security and resilience tests on drones for what concerns attacks in the navigation, RF communication and cybersecurity domain. The CyTEF system is composed of a series of attack generators controlled by a central orchestrator used by the operator that executes customizable attack scenarios, leveraging on the actuators available to apply the cyber-attacks. Once the attack is performed the system allows the analysis of the effects on the drones and generates a report of the security assessment.
Telespazio Belgium has two key roles in the project. It provides Project Management Support to the project prime, RMA, dealing especially with the technical coordination of the activities among all partners to ensure high-quality, timeliness and cost-effectiveness in the project. On the technical involvement, it is the responsible of the overall system design and provides the Command, Control and Communication attack generator, developing a HW/SW module for the malicious signals generation (jamming and spoofing). Telespazio Belgium will count on its long experience in RF communications and security as well as on its presence in Redu, taking advantage of the Artemis satellite ground infrastructure for generating realistic attacks over direct and satellite link.
The project has interviewed the main actors of the drone world to provide a proof of concept for a facility tailored to the needs and expectations of the market. It is considered the flagship of NAVISP Element 3, and it is of strategic relevance for Belgium, being the first facility of this kind in Europe and one of the first to be developed in the world.