Over the past few years, we’ve seen more drones being used in more ways than ever before. With uses in the military, real estate, retail and everything in between, there’s no shortage of applications for drones.

Because they are connected to the Internet, these unmanned flying apparatuses pose quite the security threat should an unauthorized individual figure out how to hack into one of the machines’ networks and gain control of it from a remote location.

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Seeking to provide drones with comprehensive security, NICTA, a research center in Australia, released its security project as open source in July. In doing so, governments and businesses are now able to tweak the code as they see fit, using it however they’d like.

In a video released by NICTA that showcases the power of the security software, viewers are exposed to two drones: one with the open source security measures and the other without it. Viewers see how the drone equipped with the security solution is able to maintain a normal flying pattern while the other drone can’t withstand the attack and plummets to its demise.

“What we are demonstrating here is that if one of the ground stations is malicious, and sends a command to the drone to stop the flight software, the commercially available drone will accept the command, kill the software and just drop from the sky,” explains June Adirondack, a senior researcher at NICTA.

NICTA claims that its software is bug-free, and by releasing the code to the open source community, hopes that it can be tweaked to become an even more formidable security solution.

As the prevalence of drones increases, the need for robust security solutions becomes that much more pronounced. Programmers certainly understand this, which is why we can expect to see stronger iterations of NICTA’s code in the future, thanks to the open source community.