Technology advances have created a lot of concern over its security. Thanks for sharing! GPS security hack would allow be a bridge of personal location and information. However, as far as GPS security is concern, there cannot be firewall barrier as GPS devices will need to access satellite for location information, making GPS security hack prevention more difficult. GPS security will become a concern when hackers interfere with the signals from the satellite. As a result, this will make location determination inaccurate.
Yes, having a tight beam in the receive antenna, to receive signals only from azimuths and elevations that are known to be valid, is a technique to mitigate spoofing vulnerability. But it seems to me that adding in authentication, in a backward compatible way, is such a no-brainer that I can't fathom why anyone would be dragging his feet on making this decision.
It should not matter what the schedule for allowing drones is. Authentication is something that will have benefits in the long term. You can't think just 5 years into the future.
How accurately can GPS antennas determine where the signal is coming from? Since GPS receivers know (or can know if properly programmed) exactly where in the sky satellites are at a given moment, they could ignore signals coming from the wrong place.
Simply insuring a signal is coming from above the horizon would require spoofers to be airborne. Not a huge hurdle, admittedly, but at least it's an improvement.
It might also be getting whatever information they can from GLONASS as a sanity check. This further complicates things for spoofers by requiring them to spoof it as well.
Even if the satellites aren't programmed to use an authenticated source, perhaps urban areas should use one or more fixed ground sources, as with differential GPS? Those could be authenticated and unspoofable, and at least allow receivers to know when someone is trying to spoof them and go into a failsafe mode (i.e., over places like NYC or DC leave the critical areas and start circling over water or farmland until operators can take over)
The solar maximum which starts next year will further complicate the reliability (and security?) of space-based networks like GPS. This will be the first real test of the ability of GPS electronics to withstand the effects of increased solar radiation. My advice: Buy a road atlas!