Monograph Series


July 28, 2023

“Over the course of time, there has been a substantial increase in human dependence on space systems to facilitate diverse activities ranging from governance to defence. Contemporary applications of satellites encompass meteorology, communications, navigation, and remote sensing, all of which are utilized on a routine basis. Owing to the profound reliance of nation-states on these space systems, they have emerged as alluring targets for military endeavours by adversarial entities. Inflicting physical harm upon outer space systems through conventional means poses significant challenges. Consequently, certain rogue agencies, with or without state support, have turned to cyber methodologies as a means to pose threats to satellites and the associated infrastructure.

This pressing reality calls for immediate and dedicated attention towards enhancing the cybersecurity posture surrounding space assets. In this context, the monograph thoroughly examines various aspects of conceivable cyber threats against space architecture and proposes potential mechanisms to effectively counter such formidable challenges.”

Author Note
Dr Ajey Lele is a Consultant at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) in New Delhi. He previously held the position of Senior Fellow at the same institute. His areas of expertise revolve around Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), focusing on Chemical and Biological Weapons, as well as Space and Strategic Technologies.