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2020 Predictions: IoT Satellites Spark Cybersecurity Worries

December 10, 2019

The global positioning system has changed society since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957. From informing ship navigation to keeping “smart” weapons on track, the technology has myriad applications. A relatively small number of GPS satellites, flying in a medium earth orbit some 12,550 miles away, play an especially important role in society. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of satellites nearer to the earth. One example is the so-called CubeSat, which flies in low-earth orbit, which ranges from roughly 110 to 1,200 miles up. “I think cheap satellites are going to create some real security problems,” said Andrew Howard, chief executive officer of Kudelski Security.