The Emerging Threat: Identifying, Measuring and Preparing for the Security Implications of Civil and Commercial Drones

Estimated at around $127 billion, the 'drone revolution' is booming. But amongst the optimism is a creeping concern about the security and safety threat that this technology presents to critical national infrastructure, homeland security and a range of commercial sectors.

In response to this threat, various counter-drone defence systems are being developed by government and industry and it is predicted that this technology will begin to play a significant role in facility security systems as the use of civil and commercial drones becomes commonplace. But, for now, there remains a great deal of known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns for security professionals and sectors most vulnerable to drone attack or intrusion.

It is in this context that Defence IQ will host its inaugural Countering Drones conference this December to provide an opportunity for a security experts from a diverse community of sectors to ensure that they can guarantee the security of their assets and public safety for the future.

Join the inaugural Countering Drones conference to:


Effectively measure and prepare for the risk posed by drones by receiving exclusive security briefings from leading international experts


Make an informed assessment of different types of counter-drone technologies and identify which system is best for your unique circumstances


Influence future policy by contributing to high-level discussions with policymakers, insurers and legal practitioners


Ensure that your organisation is aware of current developments in national security strategy, regulations and aviation legislation by hearing from senior policymakers from the UK, Europe and US


Benefit from legal and insurance policy guidance to better protect your organisation from drone-related incidents

Key questions to be addressed include:


How is drone and counter-drone technology developing and how might this impact the security of key industries?


How vulnerable is critical national infrastructure, in particular, to civilian drones? What are the current safeguards to protect against this and how can we measure this risk?


What kind of counter-drone solutions should commercial organisations employ, if any, and what might be the legal implications of their use?


Hear from industry experts on the latest counter-drone technological developments and how they plan to solve enduring challenges for government and commercial industry – from detection to disruption


What are the regulatory obstacles that stand in the way of the development and employment of different types of counter drone solutions? What measures are appropriate and in what contexts?

Who Should Attend Countering Drones

Airports, sea ports, borders and railways

Civil Aviation Authorities and Air Traffic Managements

Counter-terror agencies, law enforcement and emergency services

Government buildings, military bases and sensitive installations

Major broadcasters, film and television studios

National space agencies and major industrial complexes

Critical infrastructure including nuclear power stations, grids and utilities

Public buildings, embassies and consulates

International organisations including the UN, NATO and WTO

Sporting arenas and major venues event venues


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