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Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP)

At the end of last year, there were more than 1,500 active satellites orbiting Earth.

The average person doesn’t see them or really even thinks about them. But they are there making our modern lives possible by enabling an enormous range of services such as navigation, telecommunication, internet access and even protection from adversaries.

Much of the United States’ critical infrastructure relies on space systems. The problem is that space systems are more complex than critical infrastructure from a technology development, ownership and management perspective.

This fact certainly isn’t lost on potential cyber criminals of space operations. Satellites and their associated ground control systems that enable underlying infrastructural support are a central point of failure for commerce and other industries. Without space systems, many industries cannot efficiently function.

Challenges for the space security specialist are considerable. Thousands of companies rent bandwidth from satellite owners for selling services like satellite TV, phone and internet. Then there are hundreds of millions of businesses and individuals around the world which use them. In other words, it’s a pretty large potential attack surface which is connected directly to the internet.

Then there’s the military side. The space race itself used to be a competition between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Now a dozen countries are involved in space operations. And, even though nations have agreed to ban weapons of mass destruction from space, the world’s largest powers aren’t exactly doing a great job of keeping space a peaceful environment.

Tensions have increased in recent years and will continue to do so as super powers test controversial new capabilities against the backdrop of the final frontier of space.

Some analysts advocate for strong government involvement in the development and regulation of cybersecurity standards for satellites and other space operations. Congress, for example, could pass legislation that requires satellites manufacturers to develop a common cybersecurity architecture.

Regulations could also mandate the reporting of all cyber breaches involving satellites. There also needs to be clarity on which space-based assets are deemed critical in order to prioritize cybersecurity efforts.

There has also been a movement afoot to begin a multi-stakeholder approach involving public-private cooperation to ensure cybersecurity standards.

The one thing cybersecurity and space operation professionals agree on is this: Whatever steps government and industry take, it is imperative to act now.

Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP) Course by Tonex

Cybersecurity in not exclusively earthbound.

In fact, some would argue that the greatest cybersecurity challenges lie in space. That’s because almost every aspect of modern society depends heavily on networks and telecommunications systems.

Additionally, a plethora of  information and communication technology (ICT) relies on data and space infrastructure.

This threat constitutes a serious danger for terrestrial infrastructures as well as a threat to the economic development of the society.

Space systems, ranging from GEO/MEO/LEO/HEO satellites, deep space system, to mission control centers, are frequently the target of cyberattacks. Despite the space industry’s technical sophistication, their cybersecurity efforts have lagged behind that of other high–technology sectors. Evidenced by the prevalence of vulnerabilities and attack vectors that go unchecked, space systems ranging from CubeSats/Micro Satellite to sophisticated rovers have considerable cybersecurity challenges.

And it’s not just a U.S. problem. Since most of the satellites orbiting around the Earth cross territories of different nations and considering that the data that they provide are used worldwide, the risk posed by attacks to such infrastructures is certainly international in scope.

Well trained space security specialists are crucial because changing a password every few months and hoping for the best isn’t enough for the protection of a satellite that people around the globe rely on. Satellites have a series of points of vulnerability, rather than a single-entry point that’s easier to defend because a satellite isn’t just sitting isolated up in space. Satellites are controlled from the ground and the information from satellites is relayed through the ground – exposing an entire communications network.

Add to that, a satellite can be vulnerable to a number of different types of attacks that can be more difficult to interpret than physical damage, especially in terms of the potential for corrupted signals.

Become a CSSSP – Certified Space Systems Security Professional

Although some of these issues are no different from other industries, space systems are met with a unique confluence of cybersecurity risks that complicates the sector’s remediation capabilities.

Governments, critical infrastructure and economies rely on space-dependent services—for example, the Global Positioning System (GPS)—that are vulnerable to hostile cyber operations. However, few space-faring states and companies have paid sufficient attention to the cybersecurity of satellites in outer space, creating a number of risks.

Accelerate your space cybersecurity career with the CSSSP certification.

Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP) certification is ideal for space and security practitioners, analysts, engineers, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across space security practices and principles.

The CSSSP® (Certified Space Systems Security Professional) qualification is one of the most respected certifications in the space security industry, demonstrating an advanced knowledge of space cybersecurity.

Earning the CSSSP proves you have what it takes to effectively design, implement and manage a cybersecurity space program. With a CSSSP, you validate your expertise and become a Space Cyber member, unlocking a broad array of exclusive resources, educational tools, seminars, conferences and networking opportunities.

CSSSP certification also explores factors that led to the space sector’s poor cybersecurity posture, various cyberattacks against space systems, and existing mitigation techniques employed by the sector.

Analyzing the current state of the industry along with security practices across similar sectors, several security principles for satellites and space assets are proposed to help reorient the sector toward designing, developing, building and managing cyber secure systems. These security principles address both technical and policy issues in order to address all space system stakeholders.

Prove your skills, advance your career, and gain the support of a community of cybersecurity leaders here to support you throughout your career.

The CSSSP qualification has been developed and maintained jointly by SpaceCyber.org and Tonex.

CSSSP Domains (CBK) are:

  1. Space Systems Engineering
  2. Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems
  3. Space Cybersecurity Foundation
  4. Space Security Planning, Policy and Leadership
  5. Space Security Architecture and Operation
  6. Space Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Assessment
  7. Space Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing and Defenses
  8. Space Intrusion Detection Analysis
  9. Space Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
  10. Space Embedded Systems Cybersecurity
  11. Space Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering
  12. Space Forensic Analysis
  13. Space Network and System Reverse Engineering
  14. Space Incident Response and Network Forensics
  15. MIL-STD-1553 Cybersecurity
  16. ARINC 429 Cybersecurity
  17. Artificial Intelligence(AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) Integration with Space Cybersecurity
  18. Blockchain Integration with Space Cybersecurity
  19. Sensor Fusion Integration with Space Cybersecurity
  20. Electronic Warfare Capabilities in Space
  21. Use of Electromagnetic Pulses or Directed Energy (laser beams or microwave-bombardments)
  22. Space System Survivability and US War Fighting
  23. Electronic Warfare and Aircraft Survivability
  24. Cyber Warfare Capabilities in Space Missions
  25. Counter Communications System
  26. Electronic and Cyber Warfare in Outer Space
  27. Counter-space Capabilities
  28. Types of Counter-space Technology
  29. Measures and Their effectiveness in Addressing Counter-space Capabilities

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Future related programs to Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP) Certification are:

  • Space Cyber Infrastructure Specialist (SCIS)
  • Space Cyber Engineering Specialist (SCES)
  • Space Cyber Operations Specialist (SCOS)
  • Space Cyber Technology Professional (SCTP)
  • Space Cyber Operations Manager (SCOM)
  • Space Cyber Infrastructure Expert (SCIE)
  • Space Cyber Domain Expert (SCDE)
  • Space Cyber Manager (SCM)
  • Space Cyber Authority Expert (SCAE)
  • Space Cyber Application Specialist (SCAS)
  • Space Cyber Leadership Certificate (SCLC)

Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP)

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