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As the technology and implementation of robotics and unmanned systems continue to evolve, DSTA led a study of vulnerabilities and threat surfaces of unmanned systems and explored means to secure them.

Through the studies in collaboration with local research institutions such as Temasek Laboratories, the team gained insights into the technical details of robotics and unmanned systems. It also grew its understanding of threat surfaces of these systems. As part of a holistic approach, the team worked with subject matter experts from relevant domains in DSTA to develop guidelines that reinforce the importance of cybersecurity when designing such systems. These guidelines advise engineers on the security considerations of related hardware technology such as electronic control units in vehicular control systems.

DSTA also set up a testbed to check these hardware components and facilitate a more comprehensive assessment of commercial off-the-shelf solutions and components.