SATCOM Cybersecurity Alert Issued as Authorities Probe Possible Russian Attack


CISA and the FBI have made a series of recommendations to help SATCOM network providers and customers strengthen cybersecurity.

Network providers have been advised to implement additional monitoring capabilities for anomalous traffic related to SATCOM equipment. They have also been advised to read a recent threat assessment report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which describes the threat posed by Russia to satellites, as well as Moscow’s capabilities.

The agencies have advised SATCOM network providers and customers to use secure authentication methods, enforce a principle of least privilege, review existing trust relationships with IT service providers, implement independent encryption, strengthen software and firmware security, monitor their networks for suspicious activity, and ensure that they have incident response and resilience plans in place.