“Similar to how a flaw in one device can compromise an entire network in terrestrial IoT, a security breach in one satellite can have cascading effects on others to which it is connected. That opens doors for malicious actors to exploit weaknesses in satellite communication protocols, command systems or software, potentially causing disruptions or even total loss of control over these orbiting assets.”According to Maguire, addressing these threats requires a multifaceted approach, including collaboration among satellite operators, governments, and international organizations to unify security standards. Additionally, though advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning could escalate the threat, Maguire goes on to say AI could be a valuable tool to bolster satellite security.
“AI-powered systems can continuously monitor satellite networks, detect anomalies and respond in real-time to potential threats, mitigating risks and minimizing the impact of attacks or embedded malware at launch.”To read more of Maguire’s ideas, see the full article here.
Paul Maguire is the CEO and Co-founder of Knowmadics, an innovative solutions provider addressing critical security requirements for both terrestrial and space-based assets. He is a former Naval Intelligence Officer specializing in Space Collections, and civilian Program Manager for the Air Force Space and Reconnaissance Office involved with the design of future National space systems. Mr. Maguire has also co-authored papers on Multi-Spectral Imagery (MSI) and Imagery Exploitation.