Tag: cybersecurity

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Social Engineering: The Next Era of Cybersecurity

Satellite communications technology has reached a “zero delta position,” says Envistacom’s Vice President of Business Operations Nelson Santini. According to Santini, the industry has matured to a point where the key differentiators in the future will be new social engineering practices, as well as how satcom manufacturers embed security in the design process from inception, […]

By | December 8, 2017


Behind the Scenes: How IOActive Revealed Inmarsat Security Flaws

IOActive’s process of reverse engineering satellite communications products has unveiled a range of potential vulnerabilities that have become commonplace across maritime connectivity. The security consultancy’s discoveries contributed to Inmarsat discontinuing its AmosConnect 8 platform in June, and in a recent blog post, principal advisor Mario Ballano laid out the technical details of the weaknesses they […]

By | December 6, 2017

Understanding the Language of Intermodulation Specifications in HPA Data Sheets

High power amplifiers (HPAs) are a critical component in the uplink earth station RF chain and are generally the most expensive components, after antennas, in that chain. For this reason, integrators or users in the market for HPAs must take great care to ensure that like-for-like comparisons are made when evaluating HPAs. Typically, linear output power

By CPI | Nov 08, 2017

Owen D. Kurtin

Time to Get Serious About Cybersecurity in Space

This column has previously discussed the hacking threat to U.S. satellites (see, “A New Threat: Satellite Hacking and China’s Role,” Via Satellite, December 2011). At that time we assessed the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s draft annual report, which concluded that computer hackers, possibly affiliated with China’s military, had interfered with two U.S. government […]

By | May 1, 2013

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