Officials say NASA facing increased targeting by foreign and domestic hackers

Top officials at NASA say the agency is facing increasing attempts by foreign hackers to target sensitive information as it works to improve its IT security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NASA has vast troves of intellectual information capital that it has spent decades amassing. I think country actors are after that information, the innovations that NASA is so famous for around the world,” agency Inspector General Paul Martin testified to a House Science, Space and Technology Committee subcommittee on Friday.

“There is everything from PII [personally identifiable information], contractual data on the systems, so there is a vast and wide array,” Martin said. “NASA has unfortunately been under attack from both domestic and foreign cyber criminals, and so it is just an ongoing, incredibly difficult issue to keep NASA’s defenses up.”

When pressed by members of the committee on which countries were involved, Martin acknowledged that China was among the

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Skydweller Aero CEO to Join Space Roundtable with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar

TULSA, Okla., Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Skydweller Aero Inc. CEO Dr. Robert Miller will participate in an “Innovation in Space” roundtable alongside NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Under Secretary for Science Paul Dubbar, Oklahoma EPSCOR State Program Director Dr. Jerry R. Malayer, Oklahoma State University’s Dr. Jerry R. Malayer and representatives from University of Tulsa.

“We are honored to be representing the private sector alongside top industry and academic leaders in a fascinating discussion about the future of space science and technology,” said Skydweller Aero Inc. CEO Dr. Robert Miller. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the United States, as private companies collaborate with NASA and DOE to further the development of life-changing technology that has reignited our country’s commitment to aerospace science.”

This event will explore new opportunities to collaborate between agencies and across the private sector and academia to accelerate and maintain the United States’ leadership in

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NASA Enlists Commercial Partners to Fly 10 Science and Technology Payloads to the Moon

Commercial Lunar Lander

Commercial landers will carry NASA-provided science and technology payloads to the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the Moon by 2024. Credit: NASA

NASA has issued another request to its 14 Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) partners to bid on flying a suite of payloads to the Moon. The request asks partners to fly 10 NASA science investigations and technology demonstrations to a non-polar region of the Moon in 2022.

Through the CLPS initiative, NASA taps its commercial partners to quickly land scientific instruments and technology demonstrations on the Moon. The initiative is a key part of NASA’s Artemis program. The science and technology payloads will help lay the foundation for human missions to the lunar surface. A provider will be selected by the end of the year, making it the sixth surface task award.

The payloads, collectively expected to

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