Microsoft Corporation confirmed that it is now the newest member of Space ISAC or Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The announcement was made on June 23, which highlights the tech giant's cybersecurity services.
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"Space cybersecurity is relatively unknown territory because we're approaching and doing some things for the first time, fortunately through Space ISAC we have the opportunity to build a foundation for protection from a knowledge pool with deep security expertise," said Space ISAC Board of Directors Chair Frank Backes, who is also the senior vice president of Kratos Space Federal.
Backes added that the space company accepted Microsoft as one of its founders because the giant tech firm offers services that could prevent serious breaches and other hacking activities.
Microsoft x Space ISAC
According to Next Gov's latest report, the new collaboration between Microsoft and Space ISAC will help protect the U.S. digital assets beyond Earth.
This is a great innovation since various space agencies send their systems and other technologies to outer space. These include SpaceX's ETH Node.
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Aside from Elon Musk's company, NASA, Blue Origin, and other agencies are also making their own innovations to help people take advantage of outer space.
On the other hand, MS Power User reported that Microsoft stated its main goal as the new founding member of Space ISAAC. The tech giant firm announced that it looks forward to sharing its threat intelligence and other expertise in cybersecurity.
Microsoft added that it is committed to protecting space-based assets that are vital to its economy and government.
How Their Collaboration Benefits Space Agencies?
Microsoft explained that its new collaboration will help improve the space community to detect internal threats. These including hacking, breaches, and other malicious activities.
Aside from this, the tech firm's expertise could also help Space ISAC enhance its offered protection services and develop defense strategies. This could likely happen since Microsoft currently employs machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect and examine trillions of security signals from various applications, network logs, connected devices, and emails.
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Written by: Griffin Davis