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“Look up,” you shout.

“What is that flying around the flagpole,” you ask your head of security, Mark.

He looks at you in confusion, then turns his head sharply above the pole.

“That looks like a drone,” he replies. “We’ve been seeing a lot of those flying near the property but are unable to locate where they’re coming from.”

“We can’t have these unmanned aerial vehicles flying around our property without us knowing,” you assert.

“It’s one thing that this drone is probably harmless, but what happens when the criminals start catching using them? These could pose a serious threat to our property,” you respond.

Mark nods because he does understand, and before you can continue your response, he interrupts.

“I guess,” he says. “But, what are we going to do to prepare for these new threats?”

You’re not sure yourself, are you?

According to a recent article in The New York Times, written by Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt, ISIS has advanced their terrorist tactics by using drones as weapons.

“In the last month, the Islamic State has tried to use small drones to launch attacks at least two other times, prompting American commanders in Iraq to issue a warning to forces fighting the group to treat any type of small flying aircraft as a potential explosive device.”

Schmidt and Schmitt’s article continues that, “The Islamic State has used surveillance drones on the battlefield for some time, but the attacks — all targeting Iraqi troops — have highlighted its success in adapting readily accessible technology into a potentially effective new weapon. American advisers say drones could be deployed against coalition forces by the terrorist group in the battle in Mosul.”

It's about a year since we started the discussion on Drones.

You might’ve read our original article on the subject or our featured article in Athletic Business.

Since then, things have changed. There has been some drawbacks and progress – all at the same time.

For starters, more incidents have occurred where Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) were involved.

The FAA has also started the conversation and process for creating rules that impact the use of UAS.

They’re even leading a public outreach campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of the aerial devices, inclusive of No Drone Zone signage to educate aircraft operators that flying in certain areas is prohibited.

Drones are showing no sign of remaining discreet any time soon.

As they continue to hum across the sky, there’s certainly no shortage of news related articles and opinion pieces in the security industry focusing on the impact of the unmanned aerial devices.

Security professionals from all industries are honing in on drones, the related security and privacy concerns and impact on the future of event security.

With so much discussion on the topic, it got us wondering ourselves. What is the best method to ward off drones? Are there really any advantages to using drones? What are the risks and do they outweigh the benefits?

Either way, you need to be prepared. We can help. Use this article to get a holistic view of the potential – good or bad – associated with the use of drones, and how they affect event security.