A Satellite is Just a Thing on the Internet of Things

Air and Space Law, v. 42 (2017)

Posted: 3 Jun 2019

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P. J. Blount

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance; University of Mississippi - School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The innovation of Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) technology, the basis for the Internet, has created dramatic changes in how technologies are linked. Cybersecurity is now an issue for everyday devices as they are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Satellites are no different; they are on the IoT. This article argues that cybersecurity is a high level concern in that it directly implicates state responsibility for space activities and international peace and security in general, but that it is regulated by low level governance and soft legal mechanisms. It recommends that satellite operators approach cybersecurity as a dynamic enterprise. It also recommends that the industry make proactive engagement in the cybersecurity community at large and seek to define industry specific best practices and guidelines.

Keywords: Space Law, Cybersecurity, Cyberlaw

Suggested Citation

Blount, P. J., A Satellite is Just a Thing on the Internet of Things (2017). Air and Space Law, v. 42 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388549

P. J. Blount (Contact Author)

Universite du Luxembourg - Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance ( email )

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Luxembourg

University of Mississippi - School of Law ( email )

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University, MS 38677
United States

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