South Australian-based cyber security specialist, CyberOps, has been awarded a $2.5 million contract with the Department of Defence to increase the cyber security readiness of Australia’s space sector.
The project aims to boost the space sector’s capability to protect the nation’s critical space infrastructure and sensitive data from ever-evolving cyber threats. It will involve the development of Australia’s first dedicated space cyber testing and training facility.
The facility will provide state-of-the-art testing for space hardware and services, and a simulation environment allowing space operators and cyber practitioners to develop and hone their skills.
CyberOps Director Daniel Floreani said project would enhance sovereign capability and bolster Australia’s space cyber security defences.
“The Adelaide-based facility will provide world-class testing and training to hundreds of people, to lift the cyber security posture of our space industry and enhance Australia’s sovereign capability in this key area of defence,” Dr Floreani said.
“With the increasing number of satellites and space-based communication systems that our population relies on, it’s essential to fortify our space cyber security defences. CyberOps is proud to provide our expertise and contribute to secure, uninterrupted use of Australia’s space assets.”
The project will also develop comprehensive training material to support best-practice cyber security for Australia’s existing and emerging space technologies and assets.
CyberOps Director, Derek Grocke, said one of the benefits of working in space cyber security was that developments often applied to other Earth-based projects.
“What we develop for space can often be used in the areas of cyber and information warfare more generally, so we’re able to enhance the security posture of Australia’s critical infrastructure more broadly,” Mr Grocke said.
Deputy Premier of South Australia and Minister Defence and Space Industries Susan Close, congratulated CyberOps on their success.
“It’s good to see our state’s home-grown capability recognised and making a valuable contribution to the nation’s security,” Minister Close said.
“Boasting significant research and industry capability in both sectors, South Australia is well-placed to lead the emerging body of work in the intersection between space and cyber.”
As part of its commitment to building sovereign space cyber capability, CyberOps together with Agora High-Tech and Flinders University is co-hosting the inaugural Australian Space Cyber Forum in Adelaide this October.