LEO satellite constellations seen as a cyber security threat in vulnerable offshore industries

by Amy Svitak

WASHINGTON – The arrival of reliable, high-speed broadband from low-orbiting satellite constellations could lead to an increase in cyberattacks on ill-prepared industries seeking to adopt the new connectivity services.

 The offshore mining and maritime industries are especially vulnerable, said Joel Scanlan, a lecturer at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, because they are geographically dispersed, lack reliable and fast web access today and rely largely on legacy software with poor security.

 For maritime in particular, “there is a great business case to connect and monitor . . .

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