National space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is reportedly dealing with more than 100 hacking attempts every day. This was disclosed by ISRO’s chairman, S. Somanath during a cyber security event in Kochi recently.
According to a report from from TOI, Somanath also revealed that the India space agency has strong protection measures, including both hardware and software, to prevent these attempts from being successful.
As per the ISRO head, even though there are many hacking attempts, they haven’t managed to breach ISRO’s security systems.
The India space agency uses multiple firewalls and safety measures to stop these attempts from going beyond the outer layer of their security. They make sure these hacking attempts don’t affect their satellite and rocket software integrity, which is crucial for missions like moon landings, the report said.
As per TOI, he also said that India need a very strong cybersecurity understanding and a knowledge base to ensure its security. Somanath also explained how complex it was to run even a small programme linked to the landing on the moon and how huge the risk associated with any such space activity.
Meanwhile, ISRO recently shared the first images of the Gaganyaan spacecraft which will take humans to space in December 2024. The space agency also said it will commence unmanned flight tests for the Gaganyaan mission.
“ISRO to commence unmanned flight tests for the Gaganyaan mission. Preparations for the Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission-1 (TV-D1), which demonstrates the performance of the Crew Escape System, are underway, ” the space agency said in an X (formerly Twitter) post.
The Gaganyaan Mission encompasses taking a crew of two to three members to a circular orbit of about 400 km around the Earth for a 1-3-day-long mission and bringing them back by landing in a designated location in the Indian sea waters.