CubeSat
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. 

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