As with concerns on Earth with 5G wireless networks, space security specialists warn that you can’t have an era of satellites generating massive amounts of data and processing it without a much greater security capability.
Military satellites and space systems are especially vulnerable since almost all modern military engagements rely on space-based assets, providing GPS coordinates, telecommunications, monitoring and more.
Aging IT systems, supply-chain vulnerabilities and other technological issues that leave military satellite communications open to disruption and tampering also need to be addressed according to space security personnel.
This is particularly crucial given disturbing reports that both China and Russia have been going all-out with their armies of state-backed hackers to dominate in the area of cyberwarfare. Cyber risks to military satellites are many including GPS digital spoofing, which involves hacking into a space system and intercepting and manipulating data to provide false information to troops and therefore allowing attackers to re-route movements of forces.
As basic recommendations, cybersecurity pros advise to ensure that operating systems and other software is up-to-date and patched against vulnerabilities and exploits that could be used to interfere with systems, as well as full examinations of security at every stage of the supply chain.
Another recommendation is to increase training for space security specialists especially in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify and respond to threats.
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