Cyber and Data Integrity Considerations

The study team reviewed the DoD-authored report, “Space Policy Review and Strategy on Protection of Satellites,” issued September 2023, in which space systems and architectures required to implement the Department’s assured space access policies and priorities are highlighted.


The U.S Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Space Situational Awareness Working Group (SSA WG) was established to advance two goals:

  • To inform and educate the global Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) community about Space Situational Awareness (SSA); and
  • Form a common understanding between government, industry, and academic stakeholders on how ground-and space-based sensors, information derived from those sensors, and space-domain analytics contribute to building a comprehensive understanding of the entire space domain.

In furtherance of these goals, the SSA WG reviewed national security implications of SSA and how commercial industry can improve SSA effectiveness, with a particular focus on cyber risks and data integrity assurance issues. This White Paper offers findings and recommendations which will be presented at the May 2024 GEOINT Symposium.