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Most space security specialists agree that space is currently a critical vulnerability for US national security

In fact, it’s not unusual for space systems to be out-of-date even before they are launched, which presents considerable cyber risks.

And it’s not just NASA that is concerned. Space security has become a prime worry to organizations as well as governments.

That’s because space is no longer the exclusive domain of scientific discovery and exploration. For several years now, space has been transitioning from discovery to a realm of commerce.

Not only that, but much of the world’s critical infrastructure is heavily dependent on space, specifically space-based assets, for its daily functioning.

Essential systems — such as communications, air transport, maritime trade, financial services, weather monitoring and defense — all rely heavily on space infrastructure, including satellites, ground stations and data links at the national, regional and international level.

This dependence poses a serious, and yet frequently underrecognized, security dilemma — especially cyber threats — for critical infrastructure providers and policymakers alike.

Authorities in this field believe that this explosion of commercial activity needs a follow-up phase emphasizing enhanced space security.

Various strategies now call for the updating and refining of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing space as well as establishing a collective security alliance for space.

Many feel there’s also the need to accelerate space commerce through clear regulation and targeted investment.

Additionally there’s a call for taking a cislunar approach to space development – in other words protecting the entire area between the Earth and the moon.

Consequently, the call for certified space security specialist professionals has never been greater.

Want to know more? Tonex offers Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP) training, a 5-day course that is ideal for space and security practitioners, analysts, engineers, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across space security practices and principles.

Our Space Operations and Cybersecurity courses also include:

Fundamentals of Positioning, Navigation and Timing | PNT Training (2 days)

Space Mission Systems Engineering Training (2 days)

Space Systems Engineering Fundamentals (2 days)

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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