STF1 CubeSats inside Rocket Lab facility, located at Huntington Beach California in 2018. (Photo via NASA/WikiMedia Commons)

The potential use cases of satellites have boomed in recent years with the introduction of low-cost, low earth orbit satellites at a price point attractive even to hobbyists. In a two-part report out Thursday, McAfee warns that the new satellite ecosystem also brings new security considerations. 

Currently, the small satellites are largely used for research purposes. But that’s bound to change, said Christiaan Beek, lead scientist and senior principal engineer at McAfee, who worked on the report, as enterprises begin to use these satellites for business purposes. There’s interest, for example, in using satellites in lieu of fiber to connect remote locations to networks. 

Please register to continue.

Already registered? Log in.

Once you register, you'll receive:

  • News analysis

    The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.

  • Archives

    Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.

  • Daily Newswire

    SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.

  • Learning Express

    One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.