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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Commercial Satellite Operations: 2nd draft of NISTIR 8270 available for comment
February 25, 2022

Space operations are vital to advancing the security, economic prosperity, and scientific knowledge of the Nation. However, cyber-related threats to space assets and their supporting infrastructure pose increasing risks to the economic promise of emerging markets in space. This second draft of NISTIR 8270, Introduction to Cybersecurity for Commercial Satellite Operations, presents a specific method for applying the Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) to commercial space business and describes an abstracted set of cybersecurity outcomes, requirements, and suggested controls.

The draft also:

  • Clarifies scope with an emphasis on the satellite itself,
  • Updates examples for clarity,
  • Adds more detailed steps for developing a current and target profile and risk analysis, and
  • Provides references for relevant regulations around commercial space.

Reviewers are asked to provide feedback on additional threat models that might help in the development of organization profiles, informative references on the application of security controls to satellites, and standards or informative references that might benefit all readers.

The public comment period is open through April 8, 2022. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments.


NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iii of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.

Related Topics

Security and Privacy: risk management

Applications: positioning navigation & timing

Sectors: telecommunications

Created February 25, 2022