Digital engineering and cybersecurity research have traditionally been treated as completely disparate domains. These two practices emerged from different areas of the technical universe, with different lexicons and technical characteristics. Bridging the two practices significantly improves and accelerates the identification and remediation of vulnerabilities in cyber-physical systems, including space systems. Bringing them together will decrease costs, improve development speed and enhance the security of vital space assets throughout their life cycle, from production and launch through on-orbit operations.
A few questions must be considered collectively as an industry to ensure success in the future:
Is a simulated environment sufficient for cybersecurity research purposes?