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NIST Seeks Comments on Draft Hybrid Satellite Networks Cybersecurity Profile

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting feedback on a draft document that seeks to provide a means to evaluate the cybersecurity posture of hybrid satellite networks.

The document will look at the cybersecurity of all interacting systems forming HSN as NIST works to come up with a consistent approach to integrate security, understand the attack surface and improve the resilience of space systems that may be used by the Department of Defense, other agencies and critical infrastructure operators and owners, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence said Tuesday.

NCCoE said these HSN systems provide services for communications, weather monitoring, remote sensing, imaging and position, navigation and timing.

NIST expects the Cybersecurity Profile to provide guidance for organizations engaged in the design, procurement and operation of satellite payloads or buses that involve HSN by helping them identify systems that provide HSN services, determine data that originated from HSN sources and address cybersecurity risk in their use and management of HSN data and services.

The profile is also designed to help organizations determine their cybersecurity risks and enable HSN users to prioritize cybersecurity measures based on their objectives.

Comments are due Aug. 9.