Microsoft is joining the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to advance the protection of Space-based critical assets vital to government agencies and the global economy. As the first hyperscale cloud service provider to join this member organization, Microsoft will share its unique global threat insights to protect critical infrastructure and strengthen cybersecurity expertise in the Space community.
Through Microsoft’s founding membership in the Space ISAC, Microsoft will be supporting the mission to facilitate collaboration across the global Space industry, to enhance the community’s ability to prepare for and respond to cyber vulnerabilities, incidents and threats; disseminate timely information; and serve as the primary communications channel for the sector.
Supporting the cybersecurity mission needs of the Space community
Microsoft is at the forefront of cybersecurity threat detection, leveraging its analysis of over 8 trillion diverse threat signals daily across over 200 global consumer and commercial services, yielding unparalleled threat intelligence.
Microsoft provides world-class threat detection technologies including those built into Azure, Windows and Microsoft 365, and it will be exploring ways to apply these solutions toward protecting Space systems. This level of investment and expertise will help support the mission of the Space ISAC and enhance the Space community’s ability to detect threats, bolster protections and develop defense strategies.
Space: Expanding frontier in cybersecurity
The Space community is growing rapidly, and innovation is lowering the barriers of access for both public and private organizations. Space connectivity and compute is becoming progressively more attainable across industries including agriculture, energy, telecommunications and government. Like other increasingly digital infrastructures, satellites and other Space-based assets can be vulnerable to cyberattacks.
The increase in availability and connectivity of Space technology increases the surface area of cybersecurity risk and the urgency for collaboration to address the threat. Microsoft recognizes the importance of navigating these emergent cybersecurity challenges amidst rapid commercial advancements in communications infrastructure, satellite connectivity and broadband.
Collaborating with Space experts to increase Space cybersecurity intelligence
Bill Chappell, vice president of mission Systems, will represent Microsoft on the Space ISAC board of directors alongside prominent organizations in the Space community including Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton, MITRE, SES, Lockheed Martin, Parsons Corporation, Purdue University, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Aerospace Corporation, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Northrop Grumman. We are already working with many of the Space ISAC members as part of our robust geospatial partner ecosystem to build solutions for industry, the US government and international organizations.
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