Over several years there has been substantial interest in the issues of cyber security and space security but far too little attention has been paid to the combination of the two security problems. And yet there are clear and critical points of intersection.
For example, global communication infrastructures are at least partly dependent on the intersection of cyber and space technologies for international transmission and connection. In addition to longitude, latitude, and altitude, GPS satellites provide timing functions that are crucial to the efficiency of financial networks and even electrical power grids. Similarly much of the western defence infrastructure is highly dependent on smooth functioning in both environments. Other regions of the world are less advanced but may be less vulnerable in this regard and that in itself may create instabilities and enable highly disruptive and asymmetric attacks.
Over the course of several workshops this project will bring together a multi-disciplinary range of experts to explore these issues in further detail.
This project is supported by Finmeccanica UK and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.