The War in Ukraine from a Space Cybersecurity Perspective Follow Up Report
In October 2022, ESPI released a report entitled “The War in Ukraine from a Space Cybersecurity Perspective”, a case study of the KA-SAT cyberattack, which enables to draw lessons for the cybersecurity of the European space infrastructure. The report is focusing on:
- The links and interdependences between space and cyberspace;
- The technical description of the KA-SAT cyberattack;
- A general analysis on similar cyber threats on the space supply chain and the user segment;
- Lessons to learn from the KA-SAT cyberattack;
- An analysis on the next steps for the cybersecurity of the European space infrastructure.
ESPI is now looking to publish a follow-up report on issues at the intersection of space, cybersecurity, and defence.
Call for papers
In the context of the War in Ukraine, ESPI calls for original research papers providing a policy, legal, or interdisciplinary analysis of issues at the intersection of space, cybersecurity, and defence. While a focus on the Ukrainian conflict is particularly interesting for our report, we also welcome papers that consider how the general evolution of the threat landscape impacts the use of space for current and future military operations. ESPI would prefer to receive papers that focus on a specific issue or precise research question rather than general themes. Compared analysis, case studies, and papers that highlight policy and legal gaps in Europe are of particular interest.
ESPI particularly welcomes papers addressing topics such as but not limited to:
- Space cybersecurity in the context of the War in Ukraine;
- The cybersecurity of the European Space Infrastructure;
- The role of space in the War in Ukraine and the lessons to learn for the upcoming EU space strategy for security and defence;
- The growing reliance on commercial satellite operators for defence missions and associated risks;
- The acknowledgment and perception of cyber threats in the space and defence policies of European countries;
- New perspectives on the militarisation and weaponization of outer space in the current international context.
About the abstract and the report
Authors are requested to submit a 200-300 word abstract, which mentions the topic, structure, and rationale of the article by December 9th, 2022.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to submit a full article of 2500-3600 words by February 17th, 2023. Papers can include visuals and infographics provided that they can be modified to fit into the ESPI color/font template. Papers have to include footnotes in Chicago style but no bibliography. Papers will be reviewed by ESPI researchers and sent back to authors by March 13th, 2023. Final version of papers will have to be submitted by May 8th, 2023.
Accepted authors will be welcomed to a workshop at ESPI and their papers will be combined in a collaborative ESPI report with each chapter corresponding to an author’s article. The goal is to provide a detailed policy assessment of issues at the intersection of space, cybersecurity, and defence policies in the context of the War in Ukraine.
Speakers will be offered travel and accommodation to attend the workshop at ESPI premises in Vienna, Austria. Authors of papers accepted for publication will be requested to make a corresponding presentation for a Launch Event (online).
Abstract submission deadline: 9 December 2022
Notification of abstract approval: 16 December 2022
First draft to be submitted: 17 February 2023
First review of draft articles to be sent by ESPI: 13 March 2023
Authors Workshop at ESPI premises: 23 March 2023 (TBD depending on authors availabilities)
Final draft to be submitted: 17 April 2023
Final publication of the report: 8 May 2023
Online Launch Event: 18 May 2023 (TBD depending on authors availabilities)