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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Commercial Satellite Operations: Draft NISTIR 8270 Available for Comment
June 30, 2021

(Updated 7/22/21) The comment period has been extended through October 13, 2021.


Space operations are vital to advancing the security, economic prosperity, and scientific knowledge of the Nation. However, cyber-related threats to space assets and supporting infrastructure pose increasing risks to the economic promise of emerging markets in space.

NIST is seeking comments on Draft NISTIR 8270, Introduction to Cybersecurity for Commercial Satellite Operations, which describes cybersecurity concepts with regard to crewless, commercial space operations. The document is an information reference for managing cybersecurity risks and considering how cybersecurity requirements might coexist within space vehicle system requirements. NIST is specifically interested in feedback on the document’s overall approach, the example use case, and the identified controls for the use case. (Note that the use case is only notional for illustrative purposes and is not intended to be a set of specific cybersecurity recommendations.)

A public comment period is open through August 13 October 13, 2021. Based on feedback for this publication, NIST will also consider the utility of publishing similar reports discussing other areas of space operations as needed. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments.


NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iii of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.

Related Topics

Security and Privacy: risk management

Applications: positioning navigation & timing

Sectors: telecommunications

Created June 30, 2021, Updated July 22, 2021