Space Security Scoping Workshop

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Organised by the Autonomy & Verification Lab, at the University of Liverpool and the Cyber-Security Centre at the University of Warwick, under the FAIR-SPACE Hub.

The FAIR-SPACE Space Security Scoping Workshop was jointly organised by the Universities of Liverpool (Marie Farrell and Michael Fisher) and Warwick (Matthew Bradbury and Carsten Maple). It was held on the 1st of February 2019 at the University of Liverpool Campus in London and attracted 58 registrants (though adverse weather conditions led to 29 attendees).

The attendees were from both academia and industry. A number of the industrial attendees expressed interest in participating in the FAIR-SPACE Hub and so have been put in touch with the appropriate people. Following the workshop, presentations were shared with the attendees (and registrants who sent their apologies) via Dropbox.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss cyber-security issues related to robotic systems deployed in space in order to scope out research priorities and to explore collaborative R&D programmes on this topic between FAIR-SPACE and industrial partners.

The workshop began with an introduction to the FAIR-SPACE Hub (by Michael Fisher), followed by Carsten Maple speaking about cyber security in general and Michael Fisher giving an introduction to verification and validation. Matthew Bradbury and Marie Farrell then led a discussion session guided by questions about the security issues faced when deploying robotic systems into space.

Following the workshop we intend to distil the key issues highlighted into a FAIR-SPACE report that can help guide further research and collaboration in this area.