Nature and technology pose a worrying array of threats to twenty-first century civilization. These global menaces and the catastrophic risks associated with them are the subject of a new International Institutions and Global Governance program blog series.
Fifty years ago, a photo of Earth rising beyond the lunar horizon captivated the world and inspired the modern environmental movement. Humans have since despoiled the planet to the brink of environmental catastrophe.
Governments, critical infrastructure, and economies rely on space-dependent services—for example, the Global Positioning System (GPS)—that are vulnerable to hostile cyber operations. However, few spacefaring states and companies have paid any attention to the cybersecurity of satellites in outer space, creating a number of risks.
The tasks of securing outer space and cyberspace are converging, and experts are worried that the space industry is not taking cybersecurity threats seriously. CFR Senior Fellow David P. Fidler explains in a new brief.
Panelists discuss the robust and competitive commercial space sector, including the current legal framework governing territorial claims in space and what steps should be taken to ensure that human activity in space remains peaceful and productive.