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The expanding use of internet communications and the reliance on this technology by users is making security issues increasingly important. ESA's role is to ensure that new techniques can be implemented for satellite communication. Issues related to security will appear on this web page.
Although few in number, several projects have begun to show promise and make a worthwhile addition to understanding challenges and identifying new technical solutions. The ultimate goal of any project is to make a genuine contribution to security.
ESA has identified six main areas of interest for security:
To date several ways of securing transmission can be applied: at the application level, the network level, and the link level. Standards for each of these are already available for unicast transmissions while secure multicast is an area of current and future interest.
Balanced awareness among the user community of issues as well as new security technologies is critical to the expansion of internet communications. ESA's role is to ensure that these technologies can be implemented for satellite communication.
On the right side of this page is a list, identifying projects in the ESA ARTES programme that are related to security issues.image: budgetstockphoto.com