Internet of Things (IoT)

NSA CSA Protecting VSAT Communications

  • 1.  NSA CSA Protecting VSAT Communications

    Posted Jan 25, 2022 01:47:00 PM
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    Hi All,

    NSA just published CSA Protecting VSAT Communications

    Commercial Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks are increasingly used for
    remote communications in support of U.S. government missions. Due to the nature of
    VSAT network communication links and recent vulnerabilities discovered in VSAT
    terminals, network communications over these links are at risk of being exposed and
    may be targeted by adversaries for the sensitive information they contain or to
    compromise connected networks. Most of these links are unencrypted, relying on frequency
    separation or predictable frequency hopping rather than encryption to separate
    communications. Public vulnerability research has found certain terminal equipment vulnerable to
    compromise and illicit firmware modification

    NSA recommends that VSAT networks:
    1. enable any available transmission security (TRANSEC) protections,
    2. segment and encrypt network communications before transmitting across the VSAT links, and
    3. keep VSAT equipment and firmware up to date

    Michael Roza CPA, CISA, CIA, MBA, Exec MBA