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SIA Commends White House for Release of Principles

Washington, D.C., September 09, 2020 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today commended the U.S. Administration for addressing the issue of protecting both government and commercial space operations from cybersecurity threats that might impair continuity of operations and America’s leadership in space.  Late last week, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum titled “Memorandum on Space Policy Directive 5 – Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems”.

The commercial satellite industry has a long history of providing secure solutions to diverse global customers. Through its experience with individual consumers, government entities and businesses of every type and size, a diverse set of customer needs and client solutions has cultivated the industry’s status as a leader in providing safe reliable communications and connectivity.  That said, there are inescapable realities, one of which being that all networks are potentially at cybersecurity risk due to the constantly evolving technology landscape combined with persistent bad actors.  Therefore, the commercial satellite industry has constantly remained vigilant and flexible in adapting to a dynamic and evolving cybersecurity threat environment while growing the country’s space leadership.  This vigilance demands that industry providers, manufacturers and operators as well as customers subscribe to adopt cybersecurity best practices.  To view a copy of SIA’s cybersecurity website page and industry best practices, please click HERE.

“SIA applauds the Administration for recognizing the vital need for cybersecurity protection of the nation’s space infrastructure and for releasing its guidelines, intended to serve as a foundation for the United States Government’s approach to the cyber protection of space systems,” said Tom Stroup, President of the Satellite Industry Association.  “SIA and its members welcome the opportunity to continue to work with various government agencies to further define best practices and promote best-in-class cybersecurity norms and behaviors while also maintaining America’s leadership and innovation in space.”

To view a copy of the Presidential Memorandum titled Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems, please click HERE.

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About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit www.sia.org.

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; OneWeb; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.;  AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc.; Amazon Web Services; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Artel, LLC; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Blue Origin; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Satellites; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; Planet; Telesat Canada; and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Envistacom, LLC; Integrasys LLC, Kaman Precision Products; Kencast; Media Broadcast Satellite; NB+C; Phasor; Plexus Corp; Radeus Labs, Inc.; Sheppard Mullin; Skylo Technologies; and Wiley