Taking place online May 10 – 12, CyberSatDigital begins the all-important conversation on how to identify bad actors, neutralize risks, and thwart threats on our assets in the satellite ecosystem.

CyberSatDigital Program

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CyberSatDigital Unclassified Program

Monday, May 10, 2021

*All times in EDT

10:00am – 10:45am
I am Going to Compromise your Satellite Infrastructure: Here is What You Can Do to Stop It
We’re creating a fictitious satellite company – FourStarSat, a new LEO operator that is determined to become a force in the satellite landscape. In this special red team scenario, two individuals will be taking opposing roles. One will be the CISO of FourStarSat and their prime responsibility is keeping the satellite network secure. The other person plays the role of a talented hacker who will be tasked with breaking FourStarSat’s system. While this particular scenario is not real, the skills and knowledge being brought to the table are. They will not hold back in telling you where the weaknesses and vulnerabilities are.

Moderator: Bob Gourley, CTO, OODA LLC
Adversary: Matt Devost, CEO, OODA LLC
Defender: Cameron Over, Partner, CrossCountry Consulting

11:00am – 11:45am
The SolarWinds Hack: Long Term Impacts on the Satellite Sector
The US IT company SolarWinds was the subject of a major hack, which could have a number of long-term implications for the US space industry as it looks to provide technology solutions to government. It was one of the most talked about stories in this domain in 2020. We look at this event through a satellite lens and explore what the impacts might be now and into the future, and how satellite companies are addressing the fallout from the SolarWinds hack.

Moderator: Crystal Lister, Co-Founder, NPSG
Speakers: Andrea Little Limbago, Vice President, Research & Analysis, Interos
Phil Mar, CTO, Network System Group, Viasat
Rosa Smothers, Senior Vice President of Cyber Operations, KnowBe4

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Ransomware Workshop: Reacting to An Attack
Ransomware is a way of life for modern business as bad actors continue to look to infiltrate a company’s IT systems and extort money. If the worst happens, how do you deal with it? Here, we give real world advice and tell you the key steps in managing such a nightmare situation.

Moderator: James Turgal, Vice President, Optiv
Speakers: John Iannarelli, The Voice of Cyber and Security
Adam Lee, Vice President, CSO, Dominion Energy

1:00pm – 1:40pm
Cordell DeLaPena
Program Executive Officer for Space Production, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base

As the PEO, Cordell DeLaPena orchestrates space production programs in missile warning, space superiority, communications, weather, and navigation worth more than $13 billion. He is responsible for multiservice, multinational systems, as well as the training and equipping of more than 800 military and civilian personnel.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
Satellite Security in a Small Satellite World: Protecting the Supply Chain
There are many challenges for new satellite companies right now, as we live in COVID and adjust to a ‘new normal’. The supply chain risk is growing exponentially and you are only as strong as your weakest link. Here, we talk about the potential weaknesses in the supply chain and how well equipped new space companies are able to deal with such risk.

Moderator: Mark Holmes, Editorial Director, Via Satellite
Speakers: Keith Frederick, CISO, RigNet
Muhuji Mshana, Security Architect, System Operations LEO, Telesat
Olivier Rossi, PSO, Airbus Defence & Space

3:00pm – 3:35pm
Talk: Mitigating Cyber Threats for Space Systems Using Defense in Depth
When improving a legacy or designing a cyber-resilient space system, many different security control implementations exist that will improve space systems’ security. To manage risk, decisionmakers should assess the likelihood and potential impact of a cyberattack against the space system and then determine the best approach to deal with the risks: avoid, transfer, accept, or mitigate. This talk will discuss using a threat-based approach to deriving which defense-in-depth principles to deploy on your space system.

Speaker: Brandon Bailey, Senior Product Engineer, Cybersecurity, Aerospace

4:00pm – 4:35pm
Combating the Catastrophic: Lessons Learned from Destructive Malware and Ransomware Attacks from the Front Lines
IBM Security X-Force incident response data indicates that destructive attacks have been increasing over the past two years, and in 2020 we observed a surge in wiper-capable ransomware deployed worldwide. This presentation will discuss how these trends apply to the space and satellite cybersecurity communities and then delve into three case studies that provide valuable insight on what organizations can do to insulate themselves from the risk of a destructive malware attack

Speaker: Camille J. Singleton, Senior Strategic Cyber Threat Lead, IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

9:20am – 10:00am
Erin M. Joe
Section Chief, FBI

Erin Joe is an attorney and senior FBI cyber professional with over 22 years of experience in national security and criminal operations as a Special Agent in the FBI. She most recently led the Bureau’s strategy and response to nation-state and cyberterrorism threats worldwide.

10:15am – 11:00am
NewSpace Companies and the Challenge to Stay Cybersecure
There are a number of new companies in the space landscape as the industry eases into a vibrant new phase. However, with companies cash constrained, how much of a threat is their security, or lack thereof? We talk to a number of new satellite companies about the threats they face, and ways they are being agile and effective in dealing with threats.

Moderator: Mark Holmes, Editorial Director, Via Satellite
Speakers: Marc Bell, Executive Chairman, PredaSAR
William Eshagh, Vice President Corporate Engineering and Security, Planet
Marcus Tallhamn, VP Software Engineering (Data Platform, Constellation Services, Core Infrastructure), Spire

11:10am – 11:40am
An Introduction to SDA’s Layered Architecture
The Space Development Agency orchestrates the development and fielding of DoD’s future threat-driven National Defense Space Architecture. SDA uses novel approaches to accelerate the military space capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. technological and military advantage in space for national defense. In this presentation, we will discuss SDA’s approach to a layered architecture providing capability isolation supporting an every-two-year launch cycle with on-orbit capability upgrades.

Speaker: Michael Pagels, Chief Battle Management – Command, Control and Communication (BMC3), Space Development Agency

12:15pm – 1:00pm
The Department of Homeland Security: New Working Group
The US Department of Homeland Security has set up a new working group looking at satellites and cybersecurity. We look at the needs driving this working group and what the impact could be.

Moderator: Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC
Speakers: Dawn Beyer, Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin
Edna Conway, VP, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure, Microsoft
Greg Falco, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Stanford University
Ronald Keen, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Samuel Sanders Visner, Technical Fellow, Mitre

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Space ISAC’s Role in Security to the Global Space Sector
It’s essential to signal to our adversaries and competitors, and to cybercriminals that they cannot put space systems at risk successfully and that the security and resilience of these systems can be assured under all circumstances. The Mission of Space ISAC is to facilitate collaboration across the global space industry to enhance our ability to prepare for and respond to vulnerabilities, incidents, and threats facing our space systems and the critical infrastructure they comprise. The panel will discuss the technical, policy, and implementation challenges of protecting that infrastructure and the policy decisions, such as designating these systems as a sector of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Moderator: Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC
Speakers: Ed Devinney, Corporate Director for Cyber Programs, Northrop Grumman
Edward Swallow, SVP, Civil Systems Group, Aerospace
Samuel Sanders Visner, Technical Fellow, Mitre

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Security in Mobility: Securing Vehicles
The automotive sector has long been a target for the satellite community as it looks to provide connectivity to vehicles on the move. It is one of the major target markets for the industry. However, as the world moves via road, train, plane, ship, this presents a number of security challenges. We talk to people across these sectors about keeping the satellite connection secure.

Moderator: Kristie Pfosi, Director Cybersecurity, APTIV
Speakers: Mike Dudzik, President, IQM Research Institute
Jennifer Tisdale, Principal Cyber-Physical Systems Security Programs, GRIMM
Jerry Hancock, Director Aviation Cybersecurity, Inmarsat Aviation

Classified Program – May 12, 2021

CyberSat Digital classified day brings together DoD, Intelligence Community, Civil Space and industry leaders to discuss emerging risks to our satellite communications and space infrastructure. Speakers will share TS-SCI level presentations on how to build resiliency and ensure safety within the space ecosystem through the following areas of focus (confirmed briefings noted below):

  • Securing the supply chain
  • Hardware/software assurance
  • Operational and situational awareness
  • Resiliency in architecture design
  • Enterprise resilience

Confirmed Briefings for the Classified Program

*All times in EDT

11:00 – 11:15
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Ed Swallow, The Aerospace Corporation

11:15 – 12:15
Space Cyber Assessment Trends and Mitigation Focus Area
Speakers: Lt Col Zachary Lehmann, CROWS
Ty Berthiaume, SMC/CIO

12:15 – 13:00
TORN FABRIC: Information Vulnerabilities to Air & Space Warfighting Capabilities
Speaker: Chris Colliver, USAF

13:00 – 13:45

13:45 – 14:15
Cybersecurity & Operational Readiness
Speaker: Colonel Joseph J. Wingo, Director: Cybersecurity & Operational Readiness, US Space Force

14:15 – 15:00
Leveraging Intelligence for Software Supply Chain Integrity
Speaker: Karl Berger, USAF

15:00 – 15:15

15:15 – 16:15
Applying Lessons from DEF CON’s Hack-a-Sat to Real Space Systems
Speaker: Nicholas Cohen, The Aerospace Corporation

16:15 – 16:45
Securing the Digital Battlefield for Space Warfighters
Speakers: MAJ Brendan Curran, National Security Agency
Dr. Celeste Paul, National Security Agency

16:45 – 17:15
Nowhere to Hide: Using Security Automation to Discover and Eliminate Threats in Space Systems
Speaker: Wesley Belleman, Space Force

17:15 – 17:30
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Ed Swallow, The Aerospace Corporation

To participate in the classified program, you will need the following:

  • Access to a SCIF. This program will take place via a secure phone line. You will also need access to a SCIF with Adobe Connect on a computer. CyberSatDigital will not be able to assist participants in gaining access to a SCIF.
  • TS/SCI clearance. You must have appropriate-level clearance in order to participate in the program.

You can add access to the Classified Program during the registration process for CyberSatDigital.