Luxembourg, 17 February 2021. – Hacking satellites? The Swiss cybersecurity company CYSEC announced the first European conference on cyber risks in space, CYSAT’21, the firm said.
CYSAT’21 takes place from 15 to 17 March in a hybrid format, online and in Davos, and brings ethical hackers and security researchers together with decision-makers from the space industry.
The conference will cover aspects of cyber-risks as well as best practices and solutions to secure satellite communications, CYSEC said.
“Space engineers have historically focused on building reliable satellites. With easier access to space and the boom of Newspace startups collecting critical data and delivering valuable services to customers, space assets have become an attractive target for hackers. The numbers are impressive: currently, 5774 satellites are in orbit. More than 1’000 small ones will be launched annually in the next decade,” CYSEC said.
CYSAT’21 is co-organized by AP-Swiss, the Ambassador platform of the European Space Agency (ESA)’s ARTES applications programs in Switzerland. AP-Swiss supports ESA BIC Switzerland, one of the 60 business incubator centres that ESA maintains across Europe.