TMCNet: NSR’S Latest White Paper on Space Cybersecurity Calls for Shift to Zero-Trust Architecture
NSR’s newly released white paper, Space Cybersecurity – Current State and Future Needs, finds that security practices related to the burgeoning satellite industry are insufficient and the move to a Zero-Trust Architecture (ZTA) in software design and systems management is a must to address emerging threats.
The white paper is timely given the rapid expansion of the space industry. NSR forecasts that from 2020 to 2030, the satellite and space sector will yield $1.2 trillion in retail revenues and see over 24,850 satellites launched into space. They will generate more than 504,000 petabytes in data volume. Clearly, the attack surface for malign cyber actors is increasing.
The paper examines what is driving the great migration of traditional vertical space value chains to distributed hybrid architectures, examining the introduction of commercial service providers and their unintended consequences. Commercial operators are expanding their services-based business models, mirroring terrestrial stations as-a-service offerings in response.