ARFL, Space Force to Develop New Cybersecurity Architecture for Satellites

The Air Force Research Lab and the U.S. Space Force have initiated the development of new cybersecurity architecture for satellites, FedScoop reported Monday. The Space Force will work with Xage Security to create a zero trust-style security system that is “rooted in tamperproof blockchain technology” to protect space systems.

“What Xage is doing is proving a much more fine-grained security solution,” Xage CEO Duncan Greatwood said. “You can think of what Xage does as a means of blocking [attacks], it is very much zero trust architecture.”

The Air Force and Space Force have increased satellite protections with bug bounty-type programs that leverage private researchers to find vulnerabilities. Xage will monitor network activity to ensure a secure system, ensuring communications integrity and data protection. 

Xage will also prepare for coordinating multiple systems securely as satellites and other space systems grow. The company’s efforts will help the Space Force overcome challenges with access and utilization of a common security architecture

In addition, the Space Force will also have to consolidate a large amount of data to leverage. In April, the Space Force contracted Palantir to help use data from space. With Xage’s work, the service will work to secure that data and its integrity, allowing “fine-grained access control” on data management to ensure its integrity.

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