Germany Offers Global Standard Model for Space Industry to improve Cybersecurity Standards

We all witnessed the vulnerability of satellites shown by a cyberattack on Viasat INC, a satellite communication company, on February 24th, when Russia invaded Ukraine. This assault disrupted internet access for thousands of Europeans as well as remote monitoring systems for German wind farms.

According to the company, this assault targeted modems and other equipment in Ukraine that were serviced by a Viasat satellite. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a warning regarding satellite dangers in March.

The committee is debating how to safeguard satellites that may remain in orbit for 10 years or more if post-quantum computers arise that can break today’s level of encryption, according to Daniel Fischer, head of applications and robotics at the European Space Agency’s data system section.

Companies require guidance on patching, updating, and modifying functionality after a satellite is deployed. Issuing system and security upgrades has hazards, especially for satellites that remain in space for several years. Experts predict that additional commercial technologies will become accessible in the future years, maybe utilizing more off-the-shelf internet-connected components. This increases the danger of cyberattacks since hackers may possibly conduct ransomware attacks against a big number of satellites that function together as a system.

According to European satellite specialists and the German government, Germany’s security advice for satellites would be a viable model for border cyber requirements for the entire space sector as it evolves and incorporates commercial software