AIAA Statement on Release of New Cybersecurity Space Policy Directive Written 8 September 2020

September 8, 2020 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) commends the release of Space Policy Directive 5 (SPD-5), which establishes key cybersecurity principles for cyber protection of space systems.

AIAA commends the work of the National Space Council to highlight best practices for a whole-of-government approach to protect our space assets from cyber threats. This is a great first step. SPD-5 parallels key aspects of AIAA’s cybersecurity program and strategy, particularly fostering partnership between and among federal agencies, nonprofit associations, and industry, as well as concrete partnership steps with such private sector cybersecurity organizations as the Space and National Defense ISACs. We look forward to working with the administration and these other stakeholders to support the development of a more robust, long-term aerospace cyber infrastructure.

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