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The Cyber Threat To NASA’s Artemis Program

NASA is enabling another giant leap for humanity. With the Artemis program, humans will return to the Moon in a way that will enable establishment of gateways to further exploration of not just the Moon but the entire solar system. The initial expenses of the program will return significant advances for scientific understanding and tangible economic returns. As Artemis continues, the project will eventually deliver improvements for humanity that as of yet have only been dreamed of.

But there are threats to the Artemis program. The chief threats are from hostile nations and organized criminals who would seek to attack and exploit NASA and commercial partners for financial gain. Other nations may seek to degrade and disrupt Artemis for strategic geo-political reasons.

A significant avenue of attack for these threats is is through the interconnected IT of cyberspace. This special report provides an overview of the threats to Artemis likely to come via cyberspace. It also provides an outline of defensive measure we recommend be put in place early on in the program.

The rest of this article dives deeper into these topics, honing in specifically on the threats to Artemis and presenting recommendations for actions to be taken to mitigate the threats.

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Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, a technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com and is the author of the book The Cyber Threat.