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IronNet Launches First Collective Cyber Defense Community For The Commercial Space Industry

Intuitive Machines joins IronNet’s Collective Defense Community for Space; initiative launched at leadership summit including industry visionaries and partners Axiom Space and Jacobs Engineering Group

In its mission to transform cybersecurity through Collective Defense, IronNet announced the first Collective Defense Community for Space providing real-time, automated attack intelligence to defend the space development industry against cyberattacks. IronNet is a leading provider of AI-based network detection and response (NDR) capabilities and the only cybersecurity company offering a Collective Defense platform for correlating attack intelligence across organizations for proactive cyber defense.

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IronNet’s Collective Defense Community for Space includes industry pioneers Axiom Space and Intuitive Machines, as well as strategic partner Jacobs, all seeking to secure space technology innovation and crews for the expansion of humankind into new frontiers.

With high volumes of sensitive data and intellectual property coursing through a vast supply chain, the same techniques that have been used in recent high-profile cyberattacks on commercial and physical critical infrastructure around the world can put space-based technical and human resources at risk, even from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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IronNet’s Collective Defense platform provides detection of new and unidentified cyberattack behaviors, and a secure environment for real-time collaboration on attack intelligence. Together, these capabilities provide enhanced visibility into the entire attack landscape for organizations within the Collective Defense community. Communities can be comprised of organizations in a state, country, supply chain or, as in the case of the space development initiative, across a specific industry sector.

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Axiom Space, the leading provider of space infrastructure as a service, is building — and will own and operate — the commercial successor to the International Space Station (ISS). Axiom Station is targeted to launch in sequence beginning in late 2024, first attaching to the ISS and then separating to operate independently at the end of this decade.

Axiom Space President and CEO Michael Suffredini, said, “This collaboration comes at an optimal time as Axiom begins to lay down the core layer of infrastructure in orbit that will sustain humanity’s expansion off of the planet. Cybersecurity is a growing concern in space and we are glad to help provide leadership along with IronNet and other leaders, to protect this critical function on the ground and in orbit.”

Steve Altemus, President and CEO of Intuitive Machines, a leading space services and technologies provider with a mission to develop the first spacecraft to reach the lunar south pole, said, “As space explorers and developers, our job is to demystify the unknown — and that same concept applies to the safety of our work and our people. We need greater visibility into the unknown cyberattacks that may be headed our way, and Collective Defense is an innovative approach that uses advanced technology to bring companies together for a stronger defense, which helps us focus on enabling safe, rapid transit to our space destinations.”

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IronNet Convenes Industry Leaders to Advance Cybersecurity in the Commercial Space Industry

Also today, IronNet will convene leaders pioneering the space and critical infrastructure sectors at a summit designed to accelerate cybersecurity in the space development industry. Presenters at the event, titled “Protecting the Space Critical Infrastructure through Collective Defense,” will deliver forward-thinking strategies and action plans for securing the human and intellectual capital of this critical industry segment.​​

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IronNet Co-CEOs GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander and Bill Welch will be joined by longtime space industry veteran Rob Meyerson, now C5 Capital Operating Partner; Andre Pienaar, Founder of C5 Capital; Christian Maender, Director of In-Space Manufacturing and Research at Axiom; Dr. Steve Arnette, Critical Mission Solutions Senior Vice President at Jacobs; and Gil C. Quiniones, President and CEO of the New York Power Authority, who will provide a case study of how Collective Defense is being applied to protect energy companies in New York.

IronNet is bridging a gap in cybersecurity for space critical infrastructure by providing its Collective Defense capabilities directly to Axiom and Intuitive Machines, and via managed services through Jacobs to its client base. Through its investments in both IronNet and Axiom, C5 Capital is enabling advanced development in this critical area.

Jacobs, a Fortune 250 global technology-forward solutions provider, works with IronNet to provide cybersecurity solutions for the public and private sectors. “Cyberattacks present security risks to both intellectual property and human safety in space development. Our mission is to help organizations keep their focus on safety and innovation by working together for a stronger defense, and our partnership with IronNet leverages our space and cyber domain expertise for protecting space systems,” said Arnette.

Alexander added, “I am inspired by this chapter in IronNet’s evolution as we join missions with these great innovators to protect critical infrastructure in space. IronNet, C5, Axiom, Intuitive Machines, and Jacobs are all visionary companies driven by the commitment to secure the space economy and enable the possibilities for future generations.”

The energy industry has been a longtime leader in the concept of collaboration through its “mutual assistance” response to natural disasters, whereby it joins forces with other regional providers to mobilize resources to affected areas. During today’s summit, Quiniones will illustrate how the New York Power Authority applies the practices of IronNet’s Collective Defense by sharing attack intelligence with other participating energy companies to enable a more proactive defense.

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