Over the years, satellites have evolved from Cold War-era tools of geopolitical strategy to indispensable assets for modern society, serving functions from communications to navigation. However, this transformation has also attracted a host of sophisticated threats. While early satellite systems faced risks primarily from physical attacks and espionage, today's satellites must also contend with complex cyber threats, including hacking, signal jamming, and spoofing. This shift underlines the urgent need to adapt our security measures to protect these crucial assets in an ever-changing threat landscape.
In this course, students will delve into the intricate realm of satellite cybersecurity, gaining a comprehensive understanding of both historical and current threats to space assets. The curriculum covers the evolution of satellite systems, the emergence of complex cyber threats such as hacking, signal jamming, and spoofing, and the nuances of securing these vital systems against a backdrop of advancing technology and shifting geopolitical landscapes. Practical applications of this knowledge are immediate and far-reaching; students will learn to implement robust cybersecurity measures, develop strategies for risk mitigation, and engage in proactive defense against a spectrum of threats. This knowledge directly translates to daily satellite security work, where continuous vigilance and adaptability are crucial in safeguarding these essential components of global communication and navigation networks.