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Concerns over space security issues have put more emphasis on educating future space security professionals.

Cybersecurity experts believe the key to shoring up space security is to better understand the technical, budgetary and policy issues related to the U.S. national security space enterprise.

Certification-oriented professional development courses designed to cover the most prominent space security challenges are now receiving considerable attention in cybersecurity circles.

For example, the IS4 (International Society of Space and Security Specialists) has stepped up to become the world’s only space cybersecurity certification authority. IS4 is now an international membership association for space and security professionals offering Certified Space Security Specialist Professional  (CSSSP) and other space cybersecurity certifications.

And no wonder. Space security specialists continue to formulate the best ways to deflect space cybersecurity attacks on space assets and call upon space asset organizations to employ existing cybersecurity standards and develop new standards for space systems where needed.

There is no lack of cybersecurity standards and best practices available for developers to follow when attempting to design and develop secure systems. Many of these standards, like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, are well-documented and widely adopted in some form.

However, new space security concerns pop up continually. Currently there is much discussion over slave cybersecurity. This refers to hackers who are turning webcam users into slaves by recording their secret activity through their computer and blackmailing them in exchange for money in the form of cryptocurrency.

The bad actors introduce malware into the systems which keeps a tab on the activity of the victim for several days and reports to the remote hackers if something interesting is found in the recorded videos as per the pre-specified parameters.

Not only individuals but government agencies and organizations, including those in the space industry, are divulging private data when using webcams.

In coordination with IS4, Tonex is offering the Certified Space Security Specialist Professional certification in order to train current and future personnel in how to more effectively manage space security issues.

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

Also be sure to check out the IS4 page and explore their space certification programs.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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