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AI-powered cybersecurity system for drones deployed by SparkCognition and SkyGrid


January 19, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

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AUSTIN, Texas. SparkCognition, industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, and SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition Company, announced a new collaboration to deploy AI-powered cybersecurity directly on drones with the intent to protect them from zero-day attacks during flight.

With SparkCognition’s DeepArmor cybersecurity product, SkyGrid claims it is the first airspace management system to enable drone protection powered by AI. This approach aims to provide more advanced airspace security than traditional anti-malware reliant on signatures of known threats. 

Integrated with SkyGrid’s airspace management system, AerialOS, the DeepArmor product is designed to be deployed directly on drone hardware to function even when network connectivity is impaired or non-existent. The AI protection aims to defend drones from zero-day attacks by leveraging models trained on the DNA of malicious files instead of relying on a signature database. 

According to the companies, the DeepArmor product suite leverages SparkCognition’s patented machine learning technology to provide multiple layers of protection on an endpoint instead of using known signatures, heuristics, or rules-based approaches. The software is designed to protect a range of endpoints.

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