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Space executive says the industry needs help to understand cyber threats

January 30, 2020 / Sandra Erwin

Satellites and their ground infrastructure have become targets for hackers and other cyber criminals, experts warn. But many emerging companies in the space industry lack cybersecurity expertise and may be ill prepared to prevent or respond to attacks, warned Richard Leshner, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at Planet Labs. Planet Labs is a subsidiary of Planet, an Earth observation company that operates about 150 imaging satellites. Speaking Jan. 30 at the 2020 Commercial Space Transportation Conference, Leshner said there is a gulf between the space and the cybersecurity sectors and that everyone would benefit from closer collaboration.