October 17 - 19, 2023
Colorado Springs, CO

The Next Giant Leap: Building Cyber Resilience for the Global Space Industry

Join us this October at the Space ISACs Value of Space Summit, co-hosted by the Aerospace Corporation, focusing on the theme: “The Next Giant Leap: Building Cyber Resilience for the Global Space Industry”. Explore the parallels between past achievements and the current rapid progress in commercial space, signaling our move towards a future where we are no longer earth-bound. Discover the urgent need for cyber resilience in the space domain as we recognize cyberspace as the newest warfighter realm. Engage with experts to develop sustainable and secure space infrastructure, safeguarding against cyber threats. Topics include threat landscape, securing space assets, situational awareness, resilient satellite communications, policy frameworks, workforce development, and emerging technologies.

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The Next Giant Leap: Building Cyber Resilience for the Global Space Industry

The theme of this year’s Space ISACs Value of Space Summit, co-hosted by the Aerospace Corporation, was “The Next Giant Leap: Building Cyber Resilience for the Global Space Industry.” This theme explored the critical importance of cybersecurity in the rapidly advancing commercial space sector. Drawing parallels between the monumental technological advances that propelled humanity to the moon in the late 1960s and the then-current state of the space industry, the conference aimed to shed light on the profound changes being experienced and the urgent need for cyber resilience in the space domain.

Just as the Apollo missions represented a seminal moment in human history, the technological advancements of the time were rapidly propelling society towards a future where space exploration and commerce would become commonplace. The commercial space sector had witnessed unprecedented growth, with private companies launching satellites, developing space tourism ventures, and even setting their sights on establishing colonies on other celestial bodies. Humanity’s relationship with space had forever changed, and it found itself on the cusp of an era where earth-bound limitations might soon become a thing of the past.

So, as we embark on this new chapter of space exploration, it is crucial to recognize that the space domain is not immune to the threat of cyberattacks. We must confront the reality that cyberspace is the newest warfighter realm, where state and non-state actors can exploit vulnerabilities to disrupt or sabotage critical space infrastructure. The consequences of a cyberattack on space systems could be catastrophic, affecting not only national security but also economic stability, public safety, and the continuity of vital services that rely on satellite communications.

To ensure the sustainable development of the space industry, we must prioritize cyber resilience. Building on the lessons learned from past endeavors, this summit provides a platform for experts, industry leaders, and cybersecurity professionals to share insights, best practices, and innovative solutions to safeguard our space assets. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, we can develop robust cybersecurity frameworks and technologies that will fortify the space domain against emerging threats. At the Space ISAC, we believe it is our collective responsibility to address the urgent need for cyber resilience in the global space industry.

Summit Livestream & Video Recap

Summit Presentation Resources

Tuesday, October 17

Location: University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

The importance of space for sustaining life on Earth cannot be overstated. However, the systems, infrastructure, and operations related to space are facing growing contention and threats. To ensure the continued contribution of space systems to national and economic interests, it is imperative to adopt forward-thinking strategies. With the transition to new geopolitical paradigms, the space enterprise must embrace fresh opportunities and confront challenges in space through a comprehensive and strategic approach.

Parking

Turn onto Eagle Rock Road from N Nevada Ave. Take the third exit from the round-about (9:00pm position) to get to parking lots. Handicap parking is the lot to the left, directly in front of the building. Regular parking is across the way, to the right.

Registration Instructions

Check-in tables will be on the immediate left when you walk in the front entrance of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts. Be prepared to sign in at the desk with a government issued photo ID, CAC card, DL, etc. Registrants will need to check-in to receive their badge, information, and swag bag. Check in with first and last name at the desk.

All conference attendees will be requires to prominently display their badge above their waist during the summit. Your badge is your ticket in, so please bring your badge to all events on all 3 days. You will only be issued one badge. In the event of a lost badge, you may be asked to perform the chicken dance to receive a replacement.

7:30am Pulpit Rock Space Walk

Kick off the Value of Space Summit with this sunrise hike experience. Located directly behind the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts, Pulpit Rock is a very popular area for hiking and convenient for VOSS attendees. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

Length: 1.4 mi
Elevation gain: 291 ft
Route type: Loop
Average hike time: 45 mins

Remember to pack accordingly. We recommend that you bring: hiking or tennis shoes, a windbreaker or jacket, a bottle of water, and a camera or cell phone.

Meet in the UCCS Ent Center main parking lot at 7:15am for a group photo before a 7:30am departure.

8:00am Doors open and Registration begins

9:00am Enjoy Breakfast and Networking, Courtesy of Cyware

Join us for a delightful breakfast and networking hour, sponsored by Cyware, before our main programming begins. Grab a bite, make connections, and kickstart your day

10:00 AM – Housekeeping & Announcements

Alasyn Zimmerman, Investigative Reporter, KOAA5

UCCS Chancellor Welcome

Dr. Jennifer Sobanet, Interim Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

Special Summit Opening and Welcome Remarks

Maj. Gen. (Ret) Kimberly A. Crider, Founding Partner, Elara Nova: The Space Consultancy

Space ISAC Board Representative Comments

Frank Backes, Senior Vice President, Kratos Space Federal               

10:30 AM – Government Keynote

Anjana Rajan, Assistant National Cyber Director, The White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD)                                       

10:45 AM – Industry Keynote

Kassandra Vogel, Principal Space Systems Security Architect, Blue Origin

11:00 AM – Space Systems Designation as Critical Infrastructure Sector

Samuel Visner, Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation                                            

11:15 AM – Commercial Protection Before, During and After a Cyber Incident Fireside Chat

  • Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC
  • Marina Hague, Commercial Space Issues Manager, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Lauryn Williams, Senior Advisor for Strategy, The White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD)               

11:45 AM – Aerospace SPARTA Updates

Brandon Bailey, Senior Project Leader, Cyber Assessments and Research Department, The Aerospace Corporation                               

12:05 PM – SPD-5 Presentation

  • Brandon Bailey, Senior Project Leader, Cyber Assessments and Research Department, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Kassandra Vogel, Principal Space Systems Security Architect, Blue Origin               

12:25 PM – LUNCH                   

1:25 PM – Space Environment and Space Weather

  • William Murtagh, Program Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
  • Bob Rutledge, Principal Director, Space Science Applications Laboratory, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Dr. Delores Knipp, Research Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Dept, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. John Noto, Chief Scientist, Orion Space Solutions

2:10 PM – Evolvable Cislunar Space Ecosystem: Sharing Data Across Systems of Systems

  • Ronald Birk, Principal Director, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Dr. Aaron Enes, Principal Engineer, Blue Origin
  • Dr. Michael Klipstein, CISM, CISSP, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson
  • Debi Tomek, Senior Advisor, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Ben Reed, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Quantum Space

3:10 PM – Consortium for Space Mobility and ISAM Capabilities (COSMIC)

Ronald Birk, Principal Director, The Aerospace Corporation

3:30 PM – BREAK

4:00 PM – Charting the Path to Prosperity: Navigating the Future of the Space Economy

  • Tina Highfill, Senior Research Economist, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
  • Lesley Conn, Senior Director, Space Foundation
  • Kelli Kedis Ogburn, VP of Space Commerce, Space Foundation                                       

4:30 PM – Space ISAC Interview with the Fellows

  • Gretchen Bliss, Director of Cybersecurity Programs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)
  • Bernadette Maisel, Workforce Development Director, Space ISAC
  • Lydia Siramdane, Cyber Systems Engineer, Peraton
  • Xavier Foster, Fellow, Space ISAC

5:00 PM – Closing Comments & Announcements

Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC

Wednesday, October 18

Cyber Technical Track (SOLD OUT)
Discover the future of space tech on October 18th. Begin with Registration and Coffee, setting the stage for a day of innovation. Our Keynote and Trends Analysis sessions offer insights into space’s cutting edge. Explore Zero Trust Architecture’s impact on space warfare and essential space infrastructure. Dive into supply chain security and critical challenges in space habitats. After lunch, embrace AI’s role in space security, learn about securing cyber-physical systems, and explore CTAaaS. The day concludes with a glimpse into strategic initiatives. Leave with a deep understanding of space cybertech advancements and security.

Workforce Development Track
Passionate about space workforce development? Join us on October 18th. Network, collaborate, and learn. Discover the role of cybersecurity in the workforce, academic collaborations, and commercialization’s impact. Explore academic engagement in space education and innovative workforce development initiatives. Leave with actionable strategies and partnerships to shape the future of space talent. Don’t miss this transformative conversation!

Cyber Technical Track (SOLD OUT)

Location: University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Kettle Creek, 4785 Clyde Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Cyber Technical Track Parking

When you are driving south on Nevada Ave, begin by using the left two lanes to make a left turn onto Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Afterward, take a left onto Clyde Way. You can park in the Alpine Garage and Field. Please note that attendees will be required to pay for parking in the garage. To secure a discounted rate, make sure to use the provided code.

Cyber Technical Track Registration Instructions

After parking in the Alpine Garage, walk towards the Kettle Creek multipurpose room located at Roaring Fork Dining Hall. Enter from the south east side of the building. Our staff will assist you with the check-in process. Please have your government-issued photo ID, such as a CAC card or driver’s license, ready for verification at the check-in desk. If you attended the summit on Tuesday and received a badge, please bring it with you. If this is your first check-in on Wednesday, we will provide you with a badge at that time. All conference attendees will be requires to prominently display their badge above their waist during the summit.

8:30 AM – Registration & Coffee

9:00 AM – Track Introduction and Welcome Remarks

Ian Grahek, Marketing Manager, Space ISAC

9:10 AM – Technical Track Keynote

Robert Metzger, Head of Washington Office, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell

9:25 AM – Watch Center 2023 Trends Analysis and Presentation

Joel Francis, Watch Center Lead, Space ISAC

9:55 AM – Impact of Zero Trust Architecture on Space Warfare​

Altif Brown, Co-Founder, Constellation Network

10:25 AM – BREAK

10:40 AM – Space Systems Critical Infrastructure Discussion

  • Nick Reese, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Frontier Foundry
  • Erin Miller, Executive Director, Space ISAC

11:10 AM – Fortifying Space: Building Cyber Resilience with Smart Design Principles

Irby Thompson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), OP[4]

11:40 AM – Supply Chain Risk Management Survey, Space ISAC SCRM COI

Megan Moloney, Associate Director, Defense and Security Segment, Guidehouse

12:10 PM – Critical Challenges to Protecting Human Habitats on Orbit, on The Moon, and Beyond

  • Laura Winter, Editor & Host, Defense & Aerospace Report, The DownLink Podcast
  • Jason Aspiotis, Director, In-Space Infrastructure & Logistics, Axiom Space

12:30 PM – LUNCH

Conference Lunch Options for Attendees

During the conference, we will ensure that you are fueled and energized with coffee and snacks available throughout the track sessions. However, please note that lunch arrangements are the responsibility of each attendee. To make your lunch selection easier, we offer two convenient options:

  • Roaring Forks Dining Hall (Located in the Same Building as the Kettle Creek Multipurpose Room)

Payment Methods: Cash or Card accepted at the dining hall.

Price: $10.50 at the door.

  • University Village Shopping Center (Located at the Base of Austin Bluffs, Just North on Nevada Ave)

Enjoy the flexibility of exploring a variety of restaurants and eateries, catering to a wide range of dietary preferences.

1:55 PM – Space ISAC AI/ML COI “Machine Learning Security Operations – MLSecOps”

  • Max Spolaor, Ph.D., Sr. Engineering Specialist – Advanced Autonomy, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Michelle Archuleta, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, RS21

2:30 PM – Carnegie Mellon Sei Research on Securing Cyber-physical Systems in Space

Dionisio de Niz, Technical Director Assuring Cyber Physical Systems Directorate, Carnegie Mellon University

3:00 PM – Cyber Threat Analysis as-a Service (CTAaaS)

William D. Belei, The Aerospace Corporation

3:30 PM – BREAK

3:45 PM – Space ISAC Cislunar Affinity Group

Gabrielle Hedrick, Ph.D, Aerospace Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

4:25 PM – Strategic Earthshot Initiative

Robert Katz, Founder, CEO, NGO, World Innovation Network

4:45 PM – Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

Workforce Development Track

Location: Space ISAC/National Cybersecurity Center (NCC)/Exponential Impact (XI) Training Room, 3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Workforce Development Track Parking

Enter the parking lot from N Nevada Ave. Enter the building near the NCC sign at the door marked “B Wing”.

Workforce Development Track Registration Instructions

When you arrive at the National Cybersecurity Center/Space ISAC Headquarters, our staff will assist you with the check-in process. Please have your government-issued photo ID, such as a CAC card or driver’s license, ready for verification at the check-in desk. If you attended the summit on Tuesday and received a badge, please bring it with you. If this is your first check-in on Wednesday, we will provide you with a badge at that time. All conference attendees will be requires to prominently display their badge above their waist during the summit.

8:00 AM – Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM – The Data Mine: Engaging Interdisciplinary Student Learners at Scale

Dr. Mark Ward, Professor of Statistics and (by courtesy) Mathematics, Purdue University

9:15 AM – USSPACECOM – Workforce Development

Dr. Michael Madsen, Chief of the Education Branch, USSPACECOM J73 (Training & Education),

9:45 AM – NSF Engine Update

  • Vance Brown, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Exponential Impact (XI)
  • Dawn Conley, Senior Executive Director, Catalyst Campus
  • Dr. Shouhuai Xu, Gallogly Endowed Engineering Chair in Cybersecurity and Professor Computer Science, UCCS

10:15 AM – Thrive DX

Scott Cathcart, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, ThriveDX

10:30 AM – Spacely

Tom Cooke, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spacely

10:45 AM – BREAK

11:00 AM – Space ISAC Workforce Community of Interest Next Steps Workshop

  • Gretchen Bliss, Director of Cybersecurity Programs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)
  • E. Daniel Hirleman, Executive Director, International Advancement, Purdue University

7:00 PM – Kratos Networking Reception and ExoAnalytic Star Party at Space ISAC Headquarters

Join us for a fantastic opportunity to network and socialize with fellow members of the cyber for space community during an enjoyable evening of drinks, courtesy of our generous sponsor, Kratos. This relaxed atmosphere provides a valuable platform to foster meaningful connections, share insights, and collaborate on cutting-edge ideas in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity for space. Don’t miss this chance to engage with industry peers, exchange experiences, and strengthen our collective efforts in safeguarding the cyber frontier of space exploration.

The Value of Space Summit Star Party, sponsored by ExoAnalytic, is made possible with the help of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society (CSASTRO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of astronomy enthusiasts dedicated to the promotion and advancement of astronomy throughout Southern Colorado.

The star party typically features a range of engaging activities, including:

Telescope Viewing: CSASTRO members bring their telescopes and invite attendees to take a closer look at various celestial objects. They provide explanations and answer questions about what can be observed, such as planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and the moon.

Guided Tours: Knowledgeable CSASTRO volunteers lead guided tours of the night sky, pointing out different constellations, stars, and other interesting features. They share fascinating facts and stories about the objects visible that night, making the experience both educational and entertaining.

Astrophotography Tips: Many enthusiasts are interested in capturing stunning images of the night sky. CSASTRO provides astrophotography tips and guidance, explaining how to set up cameras, adjust settings, and capture beautiful images of celestial objects. They may also showcase examples of astrophotography work to inspire and educate participants.

Throughout the event, CSASTRO members are available to answer questions, share their knowledge, and offer advice to ensure everyone has a rewarding experience. They foster a warm and inclusive environment, encouraging interaction and building a sense of community among astronomy enthusiasts.

Attendees are encouraged to bring your own telescopes or night vision binoculars!

Thursday, October 19

Location: Space ISAC/National Cybersecurity Center (NCC)/Exponential Impact (XI) Training Room, 3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

For Parking and Registration Instructions see 18-Oct. Workforce Development Track above.

This exclusive showcase will serve as a hub for small businesses from various sectors within the space and cyber industries, facilitating meaningful interactions and the exchange of groundbreaking ideas. It presents a unique chance for these enterprising ventures to forge valuable partnerships, explore potential collaborations, and cultivate a network of like-minded professionals who share a common vision for progress and innovation.

At the Small Business Showcase Event, attendees will have the privilege of discovering critical resources tailored specifically to meet the needs of small businesses. Whether it’s guidance on funding opportunities, access to cutting-edge technologies, or mentorship from seasoned industry experts, the event promises a wealth of invaluable resources to fuel the growth and success of aspiring entrepreneurs.

9:00 AM – Exponential Impact (XI) Small Business Day Networking Breakfast

9:45 AM – Track Introduction and Welcome Remarks

10:00 AM – Business Development Panel

  • Coral Laski, Program Manager, Exponential Impact
  • Brandon Eldridge, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • KiMar Gartman, Catalyst Accelerator Program Director, Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation (CCTI)

11:00 AM – Open Showcase

Classified Sessions

Sessions will be held at the TS/SCI level during the Value of Space Summit. When purchasing a ticket on Eventbrite, there is an opportunity to indicate that you are interested in more information to attend these sessions. If you are still waiting for more information on classified sessions, please contact VOSSTEAM@nationalcybersecuritycenter.org.

Sponsorship Package and Opportunities

We extend our sincerest appreciation to ThinkLogical for their contribution to the Space ISAC Watch Center. The installation of the state-of-the-art KVM solution will revolutionize our operations, enabling our analysts to project an array of screens and data feeds onto the expansive data wall within the Watch Center. This transformative technology will improve our ability to collaborate seamlessly between cells, enhancing our capacity to process information more efficiently and swiftly.

Enjoy an hour of networking and a catered breakfast on Tuesday, 17-Oct. before the main programming begins. Converse with peers you’ve been engaging with via Team or Zoom, but face-to-face. Fuel up before a big day of cyber for space systems discussions and presentations.

Get ready for an out-of-this-world networking experience thanks to our sponsor, Kratos! Join us for an exclusive networking event that includes a lively happy hour and delectable appetizers. This is your chance to connect with fellow attendees, speakers, and professionals from the space industry. Share insights, make meaningful connections, and unwind in a vibrant atmosphere.

Deloitte is excited to offer attendees a special treat! Every participant will receive a complimentary Value of Space Summit t-shirt, a wearable token of your participation in this incredible event. And that’s not all – start your day with a kick by enjoying complimentary coffee during the summit, courtesy of Deloitte.

Hold onto your cosmic curiosity because Exoanalytic is bringing the stars to you! We are thrilled to announce that Exoanalytic is hosting the highly anticipated star party during the Value of Space Summit. Gaze at the wonders of the night sky through telescopes, learn from astronomy experts, and enjoy a stellar evening of stargazing and discovery.

Thanks to Constellation Network, your connection starts right at registration! Attendees will receive sleek and stylish badges and lanyards, showcasing your participation and making networking a breeze. With Constellation Network’s support, you’ll wear your access with pride, knowing you’re part of a community that’s shaping the future of space.

At the Value of Space Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with top minds in the field and explore topics such as the threat landscape, securing space assets, situational awareness, resilient satellite communications, policy frameworks, workforce development, and emerging technologies. Imagine the possibilities of collaborating with like-minded professionals, sharing your expertise, and shaping the future of space cybersecurity. By sponsoring the Value of Space Summit, you’ll showcase your commitment to advancing the space industry while gaining access to a global network of influential decision-makers and potential partners.

As a leader in the community, your support and endorsement of the Value of Space Summit will highlight the importance and need for strengthening our collaboration for cyber resilience across the global space industry. We have created opportunities for members, partners, and organizations of all sizes and budgets. Get in on the action before it’s too late! Click the button to download the Value of Space Summit 2023 Sponsorship Package

RapidAscent supports the Value of Space Summit’s mission to convene both public and private organizations of the space and cyber industries for the purpose of developing cyber resilient practices for our critical space systems.

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