The US Space Development Agency (SDA) has begun working with cybersecurity company SpiderOak to integrate their software to strengthen ground-based monitoring systems for military satellites. On October 17, SpiderOak was awarded a long-term contract allowing the SDA to implement OrbitSecure software into a military ground system in the Rapid Resilient Command and Control program.
The Rapid Resilient Command and Control program, also denoted as R2C2, stands as a pioneering endeavor spearheaded by the Space Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office. Its primary mission revolves around the development of a state-of-the-art, software-based ground control system tailored to meet the unique requirements of military satellites.
SpiderOak employs a zero-trust cybersecurity approach, which entails encrypting all data and restricting knowledge of encryption keys solely to the client.
Details regarding the financial value and duration of the contract concluded with SDA are not provided by SpiderOak. According to their representative, these parameters remain flexible, depending on the successful development of a zero-trust cybersecurity approach. SpiderOak envisions a long-term project that will gradually expand as OrbitSecure demonstrates its unmatched ability to protect mission-critical satellite operations.
SpiderOak previously demonstrated OrbitSecure by testing a prototype payload developed by a Ball Aerospace and aboard the International Space Station using a computing peripheral obtained from Amazon Web Services provided by Axiom Space.
Dave Pearah, CEO of SpiderOak, emphasized that the zero-trust cybersecurity approach plays an important role in ensuring the secure transmission of data through networks and infrastructure using various security protocols. This collaboration with the Space Force underscores the paramount importance of securing communications, especially in the face of potential threats that seek to compromise vital systems.
Author: Nessa, Cyber Journalist
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