Space Infrastructure: A Dangerous Black Hole The In Wrong Digital “Hands”
Infrastructure in space can be compromised. While a power outage in a suburban setting can be mildly inconvenient, one offworld can be disastrous. Space ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center) is striving to improve protected communications, cryptographic systems, supply chain management, banking, data processing, cloud architectures, and more to secure the future of space exploration.
Initially founded as a nonprofit in 2019, it follows a tradition of similar ISACs founded to collect, analyze, and report on industry-specific security threats. These can range from indicators to nuanced assessments. Space ISAC is furthering its cause through workshops, case studies, exercises, and playbooks — all the ingredients needed to maintain a robust set of best practices in the face of an ever-evolving landscape. This will be achieved through cooperation and collaboration, which are at the heart of the endeavor.
Hackers who set A hacker who sets their sights on space systems are is probably more sophisticated than their peers. They are also more likely to be. state-sponsored, meaning both the threats and the stakes are higher. Andre Mcgregor, board member of the National Cybersecurity Center, said the Space ISAC is meant to act as a single point of contact for government agencies and the private sector. The ISAC serves as an intermediary that disseminates information for the benefit of its members.
Security is not a one and done job. Nor is it, at least when we are talking about entire industries, something that can be managed by a single person or organization. New exploits and issues are uncovered on a daily basis, although they may not affect everyone — or anyone — immediately. By leveraging the collective intelligence of its participants, the Space ISAC initiative intends to make space exploration safer for everyone.
Kratos Founder Phil Carrai expects over 200 companies to join, linking hands with the likes of Booz Allen Hamilton, SES, Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Parsons Corp, and Constellation Network. Constellation Network, a new addition, is a decentralized solution to cybersecurity utilizing a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) to deliver a fast and endlessly scalable architecture. Already in a partnership with the United States Air Force, The Constellation team’s expertise in distributed ledger technology (DLT), IoT, and data security are sure to make them valued members of the ISAC.
Constellation’s protocol can process data from a self-driving car, a satellite, or any number of other devices. In space, where data fidelity is critical and a human presence is not always feasible, a secure method of enabling and storing communication between devices is essential. DLTs have applications in supply chain management and finance, both of which will also be needed by astronauts and star-faring robots. There is no doubt that a platform as robust as Constellation can assist in making space exploration safer for all of us.
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Authored by Adam Alonzi
Adam is a writer, biotechnologist, documentary maker, futurist, inventor, programmer, and author of two novels. He is a Marketing Director for Lattice Exchange, Head of New Media for BioViva Sciences, interdisciplinary analyst for EthicsNet, a reviewer for the Millennium Project.