When the US government had partially shut its functioning in December, for total 35 Days, there was some more stuff NASA was dealing with, excluding the delay in paychecks. The closure also threatened the cybersecurity of the office, NASA officials said at a public meeting held after the closure.
“NASA is one of the most heavily-armed bodies of federal government in the area of cybersecurity,” said Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, in a room packed with NASA officials at NASA, City Hall, which took place at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.
“All over the world, some of the governments very much interested in what we do, as technology eventually settles on the stability of power on earth and we do things that are highly advanced technology,” said Bridenstine. “There are people who would like to use it, not in the interests of humanity, but for their own strength.”
Although about 95% of office employees could not attend the office during the shut period of the government, those who worked at NASA’s Security Operations Center (SOC), never gave up fighting against cybersecurity threats, Renee Wynn, Chief said NASA Information Officer during the plenary session. The center, located at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, which works 24×7 round the clock and all the days year. “There is no snow that prevents them to come to the office and check what is going on in our networks,” Wynn said.
The SOC investigated incidents through the closure and said the agency faced with an average daily threat of cybersecurity, Wynn said. This does not necessarily mean that hackers invade NASA computers every day. A NASA official who loses the government phone is also considered as a security threat.