NCC and Space ISAC Partnership

Posted: April 26, 2019

Right now, spinning over our heads, there are 4,857 satellites in orbit around the world. Many of those satellites are operational and transmitting data to and from various locations on Earth. Some of them are civilian and some are military. All of them have the potential to pose very real cyber-threats. The answer? Insert drumroll here...the creation of the very first Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (S-ISAC), a new nonprofit designed specifically to track space cyber-threats and share critical information across its member organizations and government agencies.

This new Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center will be housed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, within our very own National Cybersecurity Center. The NCC will be that operational arm, acting as a sort of home base and portal for the new Space ISAC.

“I think the greatest threat facing our space assets would be a cyber threat," said Vance Brown, CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center, "and to have a public, private partnership that is responsible for sharing information related to any kind of cyber threats to our space assets is very important." Brown added, “Think of our space assets – if they were somehow shut down then that shuts down some core infrastructure for not just our economy, not just business, but certainly from a military perspective.”

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is the founding company of the new S-ISAS and in a recent press release noted that the ISAC was created in response to long-recognized “information sharing gaps within the cybersecurity and space community.”

Although there are currently at least 24 ISACs that share information about cyber-threats for industries including finance, energy, health care, and communications, this will be the first one dedicated to keeping cyber-space safe. The partnership will include an expansion of the NCC facility to include a laboratory as well as new training programs for those involved will begin next month.

Oh, and about those 4,000 plus pieces of flying tech above us...well there's about to be a whole lot more. Amazon just applied for approval for a constellation of 3,236 satellites. And right alongside Amazon, are Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Facebook, and others.

Kratos, a contractor for the DOD and other federal agencies, specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyberwarfare, microwave electronics, and missile defense.