Space now underpins so much of what we take for granted in our daily lives that people no longer recognise its involvement. In fact, space is now so ubiquitous that even governments struggle to understand the possible impacts of losing space-enabled capabilities.
We understand that space systems need security in much the same way as business systems do but they also face several unique security challenges. These include cyber threats, which require considerable experience and knowledge to address.
For example consider: the high capital value of space assets (specifically satellites) means that the cost of a security breach is high. Radio links are required between satellites and the ground; these links, therefore, need to be protected against unauthorised interception, corruption, spoofing and so on some ground facilities are geographically isolated and/or unmanned; these would require special security the distinction between commercial and military space is becoming blurred; security requirements therefore need to be revisited.