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Are enterprises ready for drones?

Are businesses prepared for “The Rise of the Drones” in their operations? That’s the question for a new white paper and global survey, from the US-based technology trade association ISACA.

The free to download paper looks at some of the potential uses of drones commercially, including business implications and risk considerations, and the questions for an enterprise to consider:

– What factors must management consider before signing off on the acquisition and use of a corporate drone?
– What questions must be asked and answers obtained to enable management to assess the far-ranging risks associated with the use of drones as a strategic business tool?
– What policies and procedures must be in place before you deploys a first corporate drone?

This paper suggests that if an organization wishes to remain competitive in the marketplace, it will eventually look to drones (and their related technologies) as a competitive tool and embrace all that drone technologies have to offer.

ISACA polled its membership to gauge use of and planning for drones. Among the findings of that survey:

– 75 percent say security or privacy are their biggest concern about the business use of drones.
– 65 percent say most organisations that would benefit from the use of drones are unprepared to address the necessary security and privacy requirements.
– 63 percent do not believe their existing staff have sufficient expertise to evaluate the security of drones.
– Just 25 percent believe the benefits of drones outweigh the security and privacy risks; but an additional 48 percent say the benefits will outweigh the risks in the future, when those concerns are addressed more thoroughly.

Albert Marcella, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, author of the ISACA paper, said: “Rushing to implement drone technology without first being properly prepared can result in both a legal and financial disaster. An uncontrolled drone program can also cause significant damage to the organization’s reputation. However, with the right controls, policies and procedures in place, a drone program can offer significant technical and competitive advantage.”

The white paper and a related checklist can be downloaded free at www.isaca.org/drones.


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