Addressing Canada’s Exposure to Space-Cyber Threats

CIGI Policy Brief No. 178

October 2, 2023

The war in Ukraine has demonstrated that space-cyber attacks — cyberattacks on space systems and their terrestrial components — are a low-risk, high-yield tool already in use that can affect both national security and civil society.

Although policy makers and space companies around the world are increasingly aware of the threat of space-cyber attacks, governments’ response is either incipient, as in the United States and Germany, or non-existent, as in Canada. In this policy brief, Eytan Tepper sketches several steps Canada can take to prepare for and defend its security and economy against space-cyber attacks.

About the Author

Eytan Tepper is research coordinator and lecturer, space governance, at the Graduate School of International Studies, Laval University.