The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Space Sharing Information and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows the two organizations to collaborate in aerospace and space cybersecurity efforts.
AIAA and Space ISAC will cooperate to build the foundations of knowledge of space cybersecurity. The ISAC space provides awareness of the situation of cybersecurity and operational excellence and AIAA offers its long history of convening and promoting expertise, knowledge and aerospace leadership.
Space ISAC facilitates collaboration between the global space industry to prepare for and respond to vulnerabilities, incidents, and threats; disseminate timely and actionable information among member entities; and serve as the industry’s main communications channel for this information. Space ISAC is the only source of security information for all threats to the public and private space sector. It will be the most complete and comprehensive point source of data, facts and analysis on space security and threats to space assets. Space ISAC will also provide analysis and resources to support response, mitigation and resilience initiatives.
The two organizations have already begun collaborating. In 2020, the ISAC space conducted a panel exercise on cybersecurity for space industry executives at the AIAA ASCEND event, a global gathering of 3,000 aerospace professionals and others focused on accelerating our future outside the world faster. Both organizations also value the importance of including content in the global space industry to educate industry professionals and students and will identify opportunities to take advantage of the extensive AIAA educator outreach programs.
Through the MOU, Space ISAC and AIAA aim to cooperate in learning opportunities and explore other areas of mutual interest.
“AIAA is committed to bringing cyber protection to the heart of the aerospace industry. It is increasingly essential to address cybersecurity on an ongoing basis in the core stream of our core processes, from the design and development of new space systems, to manufacturing and production, to operations, ”he said. I Dumbacher, executive director of AIAA. “We look forward to our continued work with ISAC Space, to use its leading role in aerospace cyber defense to foster open dialogue and cooperation on this issue. Digital technology has made aerospace safer, smarter and more connected than ever before. We must now establish cybersecurity as a priority as well as security. We look forward to working with ISAC Space to raise awareness of cybersecurity throughout the aerospace community and the supply chain. ”
Erin Miller, Said Space ISAC CEO, “Space ISAC and AIAA coming together in partnership are a wonderful complement. Our first collaborative efforts began in 2020 in the first ISAC-led board exercise for the space sector. We are now formalizing our partnership and anticipate that the impact will be seen through efforts in workforce development, education, space sector cybersecurity awareness and more. ”