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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Whats does a Space Force Do?

 Well one thing, guarding against cybersecurity threats.

US Space Force guards against cybersecurity threats miles above Earth

If space is indeed the “final frontier,” as narrated in the famous opening voiceover in “Star Trek,” it is also becoming the final line of defense against threats to technologies that have become essential for daily life.

From the use of GPS to navigate traffic congestion to fighting forest fires with heat sensors, orbiting satellites play a critical role in providing convenience and safety for countries around the globe. And as governments and private enterprises launch more satellites, the attack surface has expanded as well.

“Space is becoming congested and contested,” said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson (pictured), commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. “The cyber aspects of the space business are truly, truly daunting and important to all of us. Integrating cybersecurity into our space systems, both commercial and government, is a mandate.”

Thompson spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during the Space & Cybersecurity Symposium. They discussed the vital role of GPS infrastructure, threats from nation states, the military’s adoption of a DevSecOps mindset, hiring goals and funding for startups with innovative ideas designed to protect the final frontier.

Trillions in GPS value

As a division of the U.S. Space Force, the Space and Missile Systems Center is responsible for acquiring and developing military space systems. This includes both orbiting satellites and ground communications systems for the U.S. Space Force, critical partners in the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, according to Thompson. 

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