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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 44 – U.S SPD-5: towards a better coordinated approach on space cybersecurity

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 44: ‘The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy’, originally published in September 2020. 1. The U.S. SPD-5: general principles and guidelines for space …

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G20 and UNOOSA promote sharing space data and technology

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is working with the G20 space agencies on recommendations to promote space technology and share space data to increase global resilience, the agency in Vienna said yesterday. As part of the G20 virtual conference focussing on …

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US issues fifth Space Policy Directive on space cybersecurity

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The White House has issued last week its fifth Space Policy Directive (SPD 5) outlining cybersecurity principles of space systems and operations. The memorandum signed by US President Donald Trump sets forth key cybersecurity principles for space systems and intends to serve as “the …

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EU Agency For Cybersecurity Calls For Experts In Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging concept facilitating intelligent and automated decision-making. Whereas undoubtedly beneficial, one should not sidestep the fact that AI and its application on automated decision making might open up new avenues in manipulation and attack methods, while creating new security and privacy challenges. The European Union …

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China’s Qihoo 360 Alleges CIA Behind Eleven-Year Cyber Espionage Campaign

Chinese cyber security company Qihoo 360 published claims on 4 March 2020 that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conducted an eleven-year cyber espionage and hacking campaign against Chinese companies and organisations in the aviation, energy, and technology sectors. Qihoo 360’s claim that the CIA – which it calls APT-C-39 …

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Roscosmos Announces Marathon IoT Constellation Amidst Brewing Financial Scandal And Security Row

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has announced its intention to build a constellation of satellites called Marathon to serve the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market, as part of its Sphere satellite system. The announcement comes amidst an audit into Roscosmos over missing billions of rubles, as well as …

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Moscow To Deny OneWeb Satellite Broadband Access To Russia To Preserve Internet Sovereignty

The Russian government has stated that it will not allow OneWeb, the U.S. satellite communications start-up building a 900-satellite megaconstellation, to provide satellite broadband Internet in Russia, citing national security concerns that the company might provide access to an open Internet that is out Moscow’s control. This statement comes despite …

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India’s Military To Create Defence Space And Cyber Agencies As Part of Reforms

The Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the creation of the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency, and the Special Operations Division as part of ongoing defence reforms designed to deal with emerging and new threats, according to government sources quoted in the Indian media. All three …

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India And Morocco Sign MoU’s On Space Cooperation and Cyber Security

India and Morocco signed Memoranda of Understandings on space and cyber security cooperation in New Delhi on 25 September 2018, it has been announced. In 2015 the two countries decided to elevate bilateral ties to a Strategic Partnership and have been working to include new areas of cooperation to the …

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Nigerian Army To Create Cyber Warfare Command To Combat Online Terrorism And Crime

The Nigerian Army is creating a Cyber Warfare Command comprised of 150 personnel drawn from across the service in order to combat rising cyber insecurity from terrorists, criminal organisations, and other threats. According the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard, the Cyber Warfare Command “is charged with the responsibility to monitor, defend and …

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