Conference Agenda


With much of the workforce conducting business remotely, understanding cyber threats is more important now than ever.  We are working on creating a digital program that will cover some of the topics you expected to discuss at CyberSatCom as well as other cyber security topics that have come to the forefront.  Stay tuned, we’ll share details with you soon!

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The CyberSat Conference Team and Advisory Board are proud to present the 2020 conference agenda! Focused on cyber threats and security of the growing small satellite and LEO markets, you won’t want to miss out on the conversations that will take place at CyberSatCom!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

8:30 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 9:40 am

Opening Keynote

9:40 am - 10:30 am

The Threat Landscape for LEO Satellite Networks

Over the next few years, there will be thousands of interconnected LEO satellites, bringing their own vulnerabilities. In the opening panel at CyberSatCom, we assess the unique threats that could be posed for these satellites, and what the industry must do to keep these new networks secure. Given there will be thousands of LEO satellites, how does the threat differ from traditional GEO satellites, and will these satellites be more susceptible to cyber attacks?

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Quantum Satellites: Coming to an Orbit Near You

In 2016, China launched its first quantum communications satellite, Micius. However, the trend looks likely to continue into the future and this panel will explore the possibilities for development in the industry. Will quantum cryptography become mainstream over the next few years, and will west coast companies be able to develop these new satellites?

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

NewSpace Viewpoint on Cybersecurity and Space

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Keynote Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Dessert Break With Exhibitors

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop 1: Protecting Your Small Satellite if it's Hacked

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop 2: Cyber War Game

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop 3: Getting to Grips With NIST

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Space Sustainability as we Move Towards New Economies

As space becomes more mainstream, space-based economies are no longer the stuff of science fiction, and new industries are starting to emerge. We'll take a deep dive into the potential of areas such as energy from space, drug manufacturing from space, asteroid mining, and strive to answer the question "how do we create a more secure space environment?"

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Software Defined Satellite: The Cyber Threat Increases

Satellites are becoming networks within themselves, as many new satellites contain a major software component. However, as satellites contain more software, their vulnerability increases tenfold. Here, we look at some of the cyber issues around software-defined satellites, and how the industry could combat these threats.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Late Afternoon Fireside Chat

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Evening Reception

Friday, May 15, 2020

8:00 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

How NewSpace Companies are Protecting Smallsat Investments

While companies like SpaceX and Amazon can afford to think big when launching satellites, there are a number of smaller NewSpace companies that don't have the monetary luxury. What is the future for these NewSpace companies, and what must be they do to make sure they don't come under threat? What are their strategies to remain secure?

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Protect the Supply Chain

The supply chain for satellites and their networks are complex ecosystems with many moving parts. If there's a single weak point in the supply chain, the whole system could be compromised. What are the specific supply chain issues that could cause a breach and what can the industry do to resolve them?

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Space CISO Perspective

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Commercial vs. Government: Who Leads the Way?

There is no doubt that the government/military market and commercial market have different dynamics. But, are the two sectors learning from each other to keep satellite assets secure? During this discussion, you'll hear from a cross-section of speakers from these differing markets to see what the industry in learning, and how this collaboration could extend further.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Keynote Lunch

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Dessert Break With Exhibitors

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Academia: Project Future Space

Generation Z and Millennials have been raised in an "always connected" world, and they are next in line to make sure satellite and space assets stay secure. How are the next generation preparing for the cyber security world and what do they see as future threats in the space environment? Join students and young professionals as they discuss their views on challenges, cyber threats and the general landscape of the future space environment.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

5G and Space: Two Worlds Collide