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Satellite communications systems have been around for decades. Many organizations are now totally dependent on them for their commercial success. The main reasons that many commercial businesses adopted satellite communications comes down to two key characteristics of this technology.
Firstly, they are extremely reliable and robust. Secondly, in many cases, they are the only effective method of communication particularly in very remote areas, (for example, agriculture, mining, middle of an ocean), or where normal cellular communications infrastructure is not readily available.
However, this communication approach is now facing a growing threat from cyber criminals who see rich pickings from interrupting; intercepting; exploiting the valuable data many are using to run their commercial operation; or are relying on to manage critical infrastructure.
A successful cyber-attack on satellite data communications could potentially impact the lives of millions of people. Taking over control of a satellite itself could be serious enough to allow the attacker to alter its course, with disastrous consequences, raises the need and urgency to implement a more secure solution.
Standard protections and encryption methods do exist, today, but we need to find ways to enhance our security mechanisms and think ahead so that our satellites are inherently less prone to being hacked. Quantum-safe cryptography exists today and can be used as a way to protect valuable and sensitive data transmissions, making it harder for anyone trying to disrupt economies or any other nefarious scheme, as reported on by Cyberhive.com.
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