About Us

Prof. Gregory Falco, an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Assured Autonomy and the Civil and Systems Engineering Department,  has been at the forefront of critical infrastructure and space system security in both industry and academia for the past decade. His research entitled Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems was highly influential in the recent Space Policy Directive-5, which shared the same title. Prof. Falco led a research team selected as the inaugural university cohort tasked with improving automatic hazard detection and avoidance for Space Force’s Hyperspace Challenge and collaborates closely with NASA JPL on cubesat cybersecurity research. He has been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for his inventions and contributions to critical infrastructure cyber security. Falco has been published in Science for his work on cyber risk. 

Prof. Falco serves on the Leadership Council for the Maine Spaceport Complex, as an advisor to the Space Generation Advisory Council’s Security Project Group, as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Space Systems Critical Infrastructure Working Group and on the board of directors for bluShift – the bio-fueled uber of smallsat launch. He is also a Cyber Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Research Affiliate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Falco completed his postdoc at Stanford University, PhD at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, master’s degree at Columbia University and bachelor’s degree at Cornell University.

Nicolò Boschetti

I am a space security researcher. During my first years of study I specialized on the strategic, political and legal component of space activities. I have thoroughly studied the military aspect of space security from both the Western and the Russian points of view in order to have the widest possible view on the current dynamics in orbit. Now I am focusing on the more technical aspects of space systems in order to be able to combine strategic security with structural security of space infrastructures, with a very interested eye in the dynamics of New Space. 

Saksham Sharma

I am graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University pursuing my masters in Information Security. Previously I worked for Sonicwall as a security engineer for over 2 years. My interests lie in the field of security and networking.