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Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP)

We are developing an overwhelming reliance on space technology – a trend not lost on cybercriminals.

This growing dependency on satellites and the like, puts organizations in a precarious position. In industries like transport and logistics, location data is routinely recorded in real time from GPS satellites and sent to back offices to allow teams to track drivers and assets.

Organizations which have remote outposts or oceangoing ships can’t exactly get online via a mobile or cable network, so they have to use communications satellites instead. On top of that, satellites store sensitive information they collect themselves, which might include images of sensitive military installations or critical infrastructure.

Of course all of these factors make for attractive targets to various types of cybercriminal. Although residing in the vacuum of deep space makes them less vulnerable to physical attacks, space-based systems are still ultimately controlled from computers on the ground. At issue is that data is transmitted by and stored on orbiting satellites more and more every year. Therefore, bad actors have them in their sites due to the high value of data stored on satellites and other space systems.

Particularly disturbing, space security specialists now tell us that cyber attackers don’t even need to be expert hackers from space-faring nations. And neither do they need direct, physical access to control systems belonging to organizations like NASA, ESA or Roscosmos.

For NASA, reliable communication between ground and spacecraft is central to mission success, especially in the realms of digital communication (data and command links). Unfortunately, these light communication links are vulnerable to malicious intrusion. If terrorists or hackers illegally listen to, or worse, modify communication content, disaster can occur.

Especially worrisome are the consequences of a nuclear powered spacecraft under control of a hacker or terrorist, which could be devastating. Obviously, all communications to and between spacecraft must be extremely secure and reliable.

Military satellites and space systems are also 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.

While navigational satellite systems like GPS (US), GLONASS (Russia) and Beidou (China) might not be the easiest targets to hack, there are dozens of other satellite owners of global communications. Additionally, thousands more 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.

All told, it’s a pretty large potential attack surface which is connected directly to the internet.

Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP) Course by Tonex

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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