19 Jun 2019

Cyber Weaknesses That Led to Breaches at NASA’s JPL Persist, Says IG

A new report[pdf] by the NASA inspector general exposes major shortcomings in the cybersecurity posture of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as a result of which the research center “has experienced several notable cybersecurity incidents that have compromised major segments of its IT network,” over the past decade. Glaring security weaknesses

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04 Jun 2019

NASA and the Artemis Vision: Go to the moon to stay

On April 9, NASA announced Artemis, the new program to return humans to the moon to stay, by 2024. Artemis includes many important firsts, including the first exploration of the only known source of water on the moon, at the lunar south pole.

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02 May 2019

NASA Says $700 Million in Rocket Failures Caused by Fraudster Company

Subpar aluminum parts manufactured by Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI) led to the failure of two NASA satellite launches in 2009 and 2011, resulting in losses of $700 million, the US space agency stated[pdf] on Tuesday. SPI tried to hide the poor quality of the aluminum parts it supplied to NASA

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29 Mar 2019

Cyber Threat Analysis Report Volume 1, Edition 3

Can you trust NSA tools? This and more as OODA Network Expert Michael Tanji provides insightful analysis of the most recent and significant cyber news.

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12 Mar 2019

NASA’s Cybersecurity Program Gets Failing Grade

According to a recent audit by the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the US space agency’s cybersecurity program has not been properly implemented and therefore deserves only a level 2 maturity rating out of 5. To put this in perspective, cybersecurity programs with a rating lower than 4 are

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14 Jan 2019

NASA internal app leaked employee emails, project names

A NASA server running Jira, an application used by the space agency to track internal bugs for apps and projects, was leaking sensitive information including staff usernames, names and project names last year. Bug hunter Avinash Jain detected and reported the issue in early September 2018, but NASA only fixed the

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02 Oct 2018

NASA celebrates 60 years of shooting for the stars

NASA celebrated its 60-year anniversary on the first of October, providing a reminder of technological and political changes that have occurred since that time. The agency had its roots in the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics that was itself founded in 1915, but was officially set up under the Eisenhower

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23 Aug 2018

Booz Allen wins $1B contract to protect federal networks

With a $1 billion contract, Booz Allen Hamilton is now tasked with securing the networks of 6 federal agencies representing 80% of the .gov usage, 4.1 million network addressable devices, over 1.75 million users, 19,700 websites, and 89 federal organizations. The contract is part of a larger federal cybersecurity effort

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25 Jul 2018

NASA making troves of satellite data more accessible, promoting its commercial use

NASA recently launched a toolkit that will enable businesses and entrepreneurs to more easily access NASA’s trove of satellite imagery resources. While the resources have been available, they have been spread over more than 50 agency websites, making access difficult for all except scientists and researchers who learned to navigate

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