Brown Bag seminar: Space threats and cyberattacks - how to defend against risks to satellites and satellite-dependent services?

Our society and many of our critical infrastructures are increasingly dependent on satellites. If a satellite is damaged, it can disrupt, for example, data transmission, air and sea traffic directions and electricity distribution. Satellite-based services can be disrupted or compromised by various space threats, such as magnetic clouds and high-energy particles, as well as deliberate efforts to damage or disrupt satellites and their signals. How can we prepare for and defend against these risks? This is what we will be discussing at our Brown Bag seminar on Thursday 14 December at 11-12.
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Tellus Stage, Linnanmaa campus & Zoom

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The speakers at this seminar are Eija Tanskanen, Professor of space physics and Director of Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, and Kimmo Halunen, Professor of cyber security at the University of Oulu and the National Defense University. Tanskanen will explain what space threats are, how they can affect satellite-based services, and how these threats are monitored at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. We will also hear why the location of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, 120 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, is ideal for space physics research. Halunen will be discussing how satellites and their signals can be intentionally damaged or disrupted, and how to prepare for and defend against such cyber impacts.

Please join us on Thursday 14 December from 11 am to 12 pm at Tellus Stage on Linnanmaa campus to hear Eija Tanskanen and Kimmo Halunen and engage in scientific conversation across disciplinary borders. Lunch will be served to registered participants. Please register here by Monday 11 December at 12 pm.

If you can't make it to the Linnanmaa campus, you can also participate via Zoom.

This autumn, we want to highlight the new Arctic Strategy of the University of Oulu at our Brown Bag seminars. The Arctic Strategy aims to address the challenges and opportunities in the Arctic by creating a sustainable arctic knowledge society. The spearheads of the Arctic Strategy are resilience and ability to respond, environment and one health, and natural resources and business. The University of Oulu has over 150 researchers specialising in Arctic topics, and it works actively in networks that co-operate in matters related to Arctic education and research.

The idea of the University of Oulu's Brown Bag seminars is to bring together researchers from different fields and to encourage interdisciplinary discussion. Once a month, we invite two of our researchers from different disciplines to talk about their research related to the same topic. Brown Bag semi

Last updated: 12.12.2023