Satellite Ground Segment Cybersecurity Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT
Duration: 3 hours

The National Institute of Standard and Technology's (NIST's) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a non-regulatory entity, is looking to improve the cybersecurity of the ground segment component of satellite operations, particularly with regard to global positioning system (GPS) functions. To that end, the NCCoE is engaging the satellite community and other key stakeholders to understand the cybersecurity challenges they face and the leading practices currently employed.  From this workshop, the NCCoE will publish non-binding cybersecurity recommendations out to the community.

The NCCoE is holding a workshop on June 24, 2021 which will consist of an industry keynote speaker and a panel discussion to elicit pertinent cybersecurity information and encourage discussion around this topic of ground segment cybersecurity.  Statements of inquiry are being published ahead of time to stimulate discussion and provide scope. Out of this the NCCoE will analyze the information gathered and publish recommendations.


1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Welcome -

Ms. Suzanne Lightman, NIST Principal Investigator

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker -

Mr. Charlie Brown, Chief, Production Corps Cybersecurity

Space Missile Command (SMC) Ground Segment Overview

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

NIST Methodology and Processes

Ms. Suzanne Lightman, NIST Principal Investigator 

Cybersecurity Framework and Cybersecurity Framework Profile Overview

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Facilitated Q&A

Our panel will consist of Major Rosalva Franco, USSF (SMC), Andrew D’Uva (Providence Access Company), Joe DeHaven (DeHaven Consulting Group), and JT Thompson (MITRE)

  • What are the ground segment cybersecurity challenges operators face today?
  • What are the leading practices used today to mitigate those challenges?
  • What cybersecurity challenges do operators see coming over the horizon?
  • Where do the operators think cybersecurity for the ground segment is going? (i.e. What’s the next “big thing”?)

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Next Steps and Closing