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Request for Feedback on the Standardization Community’s Interest in Developing Space Cyber Standards


Feedback Requested by November 16, 2020

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking information on efforts by members of the standardization community to develop space cybersecurity standards, or any plans to develop such standards.

On September 4, 2020, the White House issued a Memorandum on Space Policy Directive-5—Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems (SPD-5) calling on federal government departments and agencies to foster practices within government space operations and across the commercial space industry, including international partners, that protect space assets and their supporting infrastructure from cyber threats and ensure continuity of operations. The government is concerned with cybersecurity in all phases of space systems development and ensuring cybersecurity throughout their life-cycle. Space systems may include ground control networks, space vehicles, and user or mission networks. These may be government national security space systems, government civil space systems, or private space systems. Examples of space vehicles may include satellites, space stations, launch vehicles, launch vehicle upper stage components, and spacecraft. Please refer to SPD-5 for the full scope of the government’s cyber concerns.

The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) is looking to support the development of space cyber standards relative to SPD-5 and to work in concert with any SDOs that are looking to develop standards so that there is congruence and mutually beneficial outcomes.

ANSI is looking for feedback from its members and constituents describing any efforts that organizations have taken to develop space cyber standards, or any plans to develop such standards. In addition, ANSI seeks contact information for those individuals leading these efforts. ANSI is making this request on behalf of the Space ISAC and The Aerospace Corporation and will share any responses with them and with others who respond.

Send information responsive to this request to the attention of: Jim McCabe, senior director, standards facilitation ([email protected]; 212-642-8921) by November 16, 2020.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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