• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

Cybersecurity Principles for Satellite and Space Systems is a 2-day course where participants examine SATCOM networks, architecture, network attacks, and their impact on devices. Participants also develop a foundation knowledge of SATCOM cybersecurity threats and strategies for mitigating risk as well as view the SATCOM system from the perspective of the “hacker.”


Space systems, ranging from satellites to mission control centers, are frequently the target of cyberattacks. Despite the space industry’s technical sophistication, their cybersecurity efforts have lagged behind that of other high–technology sectors. Evidenced by the prevalence of vulnerabilities and attack vectors that go unchecked, space systems ranging from CubeSats to sophisticated rovers have considerable cybersecurity challenges.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the unique cybersecurity challenges posed by satellite and space systems.
  • Learn the fundamental principles of secure satellite communication.
  • Explore encryption techniques and protocols used in space-based communication.
  • Examine common vulnerabilities in satellite systems and ways to mitigate them.
  • Gain insights into secure coding practices for satellite software development.
  • Understand the role of access controls and authentication mechanisms in space systems.
  • Explore incident response strategies specific to space-based cybersecurity incidents.
  • Learn about international regulations and standards governing cybersecurity in space.
  • Participate in hands-on exercises to apply cybersecurity principles to satellite systems.
  • Collaborate with fellow participants to solve real-world cybersecurity challenges in the space domain.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • All-Source Analysis
  • Cyber Defense Analysis
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Risk Management