Understanding Cybersecurity in the Space Domain Online

This exciting, fast-paced 3-day course examines the practical issues of developing and sustaining a secure cyber environment through all phases of the space mission lifecycle. The course is organized around the SPAce Domain Cybersecurity (SpaDoCs) Framework.

The SpaDoCs Framework provides a comprehensive and systematic model for understanding and tackling all critical issues of cybersecurity in the space domain. An examination of the Key objectives—confidentiality, integrity, availability—provides the foundation for the course.

From there, the space domain is examined layer by layer starting from the enterprise layer, then drilling down through mission, system and DevSecOps layers. Threats and vulnerabilities at each layer are highlighted. Finally, first principles of cybersecurity are discussed (domain separation, process isolation, etc.) as well as key enablers (vision, strategy, etc.) to help frame plans for action to address the cybersecurity issues exposed by this course.

Course exercises center around practical application of the material to real-world space mission scenarios.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to…

Space Domain Cyber Security Fundamentals –

  • Describe the big picture challenges of cybersecurity in the space domain as organized in the Space Domain Cybersecurity (SpaDoCs) Framework
  • List and define key objectives of cybersecurity (CIA Triad), the first principles of secure systems, along with cybersecurity enablers
  • Identify cyber threats to and vulnerabilities of space missions and systems
  • Characterize the various layers of the space domain and the elements that comprise them

Cyber Security Principles –

  • Apply cybersecurity first principles to specific space domain threats and vulnerabilities
  • Associate specific cybersecurity enablers with various space domain threat or vulnerability scenarios
  • Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Analyze threats and vulnerabilities and their attack vectors for various space domain scenarios at each layer

Cyber Security Assessment Plans –

  • Formulate inputs and issues to a cybersecurity assessment plan for a given space domain scenario

Who Should Attend:

  • Space professionals who want to understand the cyber domain as it applies to their missions/programs.
  • Cybersecurity professionals who want to understand the space domain.

Classroom Hours: 18 classroom hours / 1.8 CEU/PDH


Course Topics:

  • Course Intro 
    • Course Objectives 
    • Framework Overview 
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals in the Space Domain
    • Space Domain Layers 
    • Enterprise Layer 
    • Mission Layer 
    • System Layer 
    • DevOps Layer 
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities
    • First Principles of cybersecurity applied in the space domain 
    • Enablers of security and mission success in space enterprises

Course Delivery and Materials

  • The course lectures will be delivered via a Zoom virtual classroom.
    • Classes will not be recorded.
    • You can test your connection here: https://zoom.us/test
    • Connection information will be provided to registrants near the course start date.
  • Each registrant will receive:
    • Course Notes: A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
    • TSTI Alumni status allowing online access to course materials, including tools and videos through the Alumni Lounge

  • Between classes, the instructor will be available via email for technical questions and comments.
Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers of Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI) is the author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering, and a contributing author of Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design. He has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. Jerry is a certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.


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