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Space Cybersecurity Symposium II: Applied Cybersecurity for Space

Space Cybersecurity Symposium II

Note: Captions are forthcoming

The Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invite you to their second jointly hosted space cybersecurity symposium. This will be an applied cyber event, looking at cyber standards, the standards process, standards bodies, regulations, and federal acquisition requirements as they apply to commercial space. The event will include a focused, interactive demonstration of how to apply the NIST cybersecurity framework to a hypothetical space company.  Experts will share their perspectives and suggest approaches to address space system vulnerabilities and the needs for industry-wide standards for cybersecurity.    

This is the second in an ongoing series of events to connect commercial space companies of all sizes with the Departments regarding cybersecurity measures and policies. All space cybersecurity stakeholders are welcome to participate.

Past Event

Inaugural Space Cybersecurity Symposium I: Access for Start-ups (May 5, 2021)

Announcement Flyer (PDF)

Note: Times listed are EDT

Agenda Subject to Change

Morning Session:  1000 – 1200 EDT (Moderators: Dianne Poster, Diane Howard)



1000 - 1010

Introductory remarks: DOC

Dep. Secretary Don Graves 


Standards and national security

Bob Kolasky, CISA Assistant Director, National Risk Management Center (NRMC)

1030 – 11:20

Overview of cybersecurity standards and frameworks for space

ISO/CCSDS: Mr. Dan Oltrogge, Director, Integrated Operations and Research,  COMSPOC Corporation

  • Overview of the standards development process and space-data standards landscape

NIST: Mr. Matt Scholl, Chief, Computer Security Division, Information Technology Laboratory

  • Introduce cybersecurity frameworks, including the NIST CSF, and draft case study

1120 – 1200

Panel - Overview of regulatory and acquisition agencies and required standards

NOAA CRSRA: Brooks Cressman, Senior Advisor Remote Sensing

NASA: Misty Finical, Deputy Principal Advisor for Enterprise Protection

NASA: Joshua Krage, Mission Resilience and Protection Program

NESDIS: Joseph Mangin, NESDIS, ACIO Security Architect AODR (Authorizing Official Designated Representative)

DHS: James Platt, Chief, Strategic Defense Initiatives, National Risk Management Center

LUNCH BREAK 1200 – 1230 EDT

Afternoon Session: 1230 – 1430 EDT (Moderators: Matt Scholl, Mark Mulholland)

1230 - 1400

Case Study: Satellite Remote Sensing

Experts in cybersecurity standards will walk through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and demonstrate to the audience how it can be specifically applied to the case of a hypothetical commercial remote sensing company operating a LEO satellite constellation.


  • Charles Beames (Chairman, York Space & Small Satellite Alliance)
  • Bryan Ware (CEO, Next 5) 
  • Chris Herndon (Chief Information Officer, Hawkeye360) 
  • Christopher T.W. Kunstadter (Global Head of Space AXA XL) 
  • Andrew Dalkos (VP Information Technology, Atlas Space Operations)

1400 - 1420

Open Floor for Questions & Discussion (moderators and panel members remain)

1420- 1430

Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks – Brooks Cressman



Created August 25, 2021, Updated October 14, 2021