Cybersecurity

Meet the Pentagon’s software modernization evangelist

By Jan Tegler

June 1, 2021

The U.S. Defense Department’s process for updating weapon software is notoriously ponderous, and this threatens to put the country at a disadvantage, if it hasn’t already. What if updates could be developed and dispatched almost continuously to all forces, perhaps even to aircraft in flight? Jan Tegler interviewed the man who wants to make it a reality.

Protecting ISS

By Sarah Wells

October 1, 2020

NASA’s cybersecurity track record has been a troubled one, but as far as the public record shows, the troubles have not reached the International Space Station. What should NASA do to keep it that way? Sarah Wells spoke to cybersecurity experts to find out.

Cyber focus: Space

By Debra Werner

August 23, 2020

The GPS constellation, communications satellites, the rockets that launch them, and the ranges and networks that control them have something in common. Under U.S. cybersecurity policy, they do not amount to a specific sector of critical infrastructure. The Trump administration may change this. Debra Werner finds out why.

Hackers as allies

By Debra Werner

June 1, 2020

The aviation industry once treated all hackers as threats, even those who sought a bit of fame but not necessarily fortune by publicly demonstrating vulnerabilities without causing damage. Debra Werner says the industry’s view of these hackers is changing.