Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems Announced

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he U.S. government has published a list of cybersecurity principles intended to be implemented by the makers of space vehicles to keep them safe from unauthorized intrusions.

The “Space Policy Directive-5” released Friday outlines five general precepts that should be considered by “developers, manufacturers, owners, and operators of space systems” so that they “design, build, operate, and manage them so that they are resilient to cyber incidents and radio-frequency spectrum interference.”

The directive indicated that space systems are critical to the “security, economic prosperity and scientific knowledge” of the United States, especially in areas such as “global communications; positioning, navigation, and timing; scientific observation; exploration; weather monitoring; and multiple vital national security applications.”

By Brian Trusdell

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