Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP)

Certified Space Security Specialist Professional (CSSSP)

The CSSSP® (Certified Space Systems Security Professional) qualification is one of the most qualified certifications in the space security industry, demonstrating an advanced knowledge of space cybersecurity.

Additionally, a CSSSP certification carries more weight every day as organizations and agencies look to hire professionals in space security to protect their interests from continual advance of cybercrime.

In coordination with ISSSS (International Society of Space and Security Specialists) or is4.org, Tonex has created the Certified Space Security Specialist Professional certification in order to train current and Space and Intelligence personnel in how to more effectively manage space security issues.

IS4 has become the world’s only space cybersecurity certification authority. ISSSS is an international membership association for space and security professionals offering Certified Space Security Specialist Professional  (CSSSP) and other space cybersecurity certifications.

CSSSP certification offers several benefits for anyone hoping to break into the space security field. These benefits include:

  • Top-notch instruction
  • Professional instructors
  • Up-to-date, relevant content
  • Innovative ways to learn
  • Comprehensive exam prep

CSSSP Level I, II and III


CSSSP Certification Domains

I. Space Cybersecurity Mission Management
II. Space Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Warfare
III. Space Cybersecurity Operations
IV. Space Cybersecurity Forensics Penetration Testing and Computer Network Defense
V. Space Information Assurance

CSSSP Certification by Job Function

  • Basic Operator
  • Infrastructure Support
  • Analyst
  • Policy Maker
  • Auditor
  • Incident Responder
  • Forensic
  • Defensive
  • Offensive

Learning Objectives:

  • Space Information Assurance and Asset Management convers the information security defense in depth of space assets and supporting infrastructure throughout its entire SDLC lifecycle IAW with FISMA NIST, CNSS and industry standards.
  • Space Cybersecurity Operations covers cybersecurity 24/7 365-day operational support meant to secure and maintain Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of space based and terrestrial support asset’s computer systems, networks and data.
  • Space Cybersecurity Forensics, Penetration Testing and Computer Network Defense covers forensics and incident response support for space based and terrestrial support asset’s computer systems, networks and data.
  • Space Cybersecurity Mission Management covers the management of space cybersecurity mission program management and the management and infusion of new technologies into space programs and space cybersecurity operations.
  • Space Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Warfare and Data Analytics covers space computer network operations (CNA, CNE, CND), threat intelligence and data analytics to support intelligence operations and cyber warfare.


  • Cybersecurity professionals
  • Ethical Hackers
  • Military personnel involved in space operations or defense.
  • Engineers and technicians working in the aerospace industry.
  • Government officials involved in formulating space policy or regulating space activities.
  • Researchers and academics studying space security issues.
  • Professionals in the private sector working on satellite technology or space systems.



Program Outlines:


Offensive Space Operations

  • Critical space assets and highly specialized usages, ensuring space operations are well-versed in essential space cybersecurity.

CSSSP Level I Skills Roadmap

  • CSSSP Level I: Professional
  • Space Mission Analysis
  • Core Space Technologies and Baseline Skills
  • Prevent, Defend, Maintain
  • Space Security Essentials
  • Space Asset Vulnerability Analysis

CSSSP Level I: Space Cybersecurity Operations Specialists

  • Space Cybersecurity Mission Management
  • Overview of Space Cyber Intelligence and Cyber Warfare
  • Overview of Space Cybersecurity Operations
  • Overview of Space Cybersecurity Forensics Penetration Testing and Computer Network Defense
  • Overview of Space Information Assurance
  • Sensor Fusion Integration with Space Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity for Space Systems and System of Systems (SoS)
  • Space Communications and Network Security

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Space Digital Forensics & Incident Response

  • Space Digital Forensics and Incident Response certifications encompass abilities that professionals need to succeed, confirming that professionals can detect compromised space systems and identify how and when a breach occurred.

Management, Legal & Audit

  • Space Management certifications confirm the practical skills to build and lead security teams, communicate with both technical teams and business leaders, and develop capabilities that strengthen your organization’s security posture.

CSSSP Level II Skills Roadmap

CSSSP Level II: Professional

Space Security Management

  • Managing Technical Space Security Operations
  • Space RMF and Critical Controls
  • Space Planning, Policy, Leadership
  • Space Vulnerability Management
  • Leadership Essentials
  • Space Project Management
  • Space Audit & Legal
  • Space Law & Investigations

Space Incident Response & Threat Hunting

  • Space Network Forensics
  • Forensics
  • Space Threat Intel & Forensics
  • Malware Analysis & Space Threat Intelligence
  • Space Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Space Battlefield Forensics

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Defensive Space Operations

  • Spans the entire space defense spectrum and are focused in two areas: cyber defense essentials and blue teaming.

Offensive Space Operations

  • Spans the entire space defense spectrum and are focused in two areas: cyber defense essentials and red teaming.

CSSSP Level II: Space Cybersecurity Mission Management

  • Space Security Planning, Policy and Leadership
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL)
  • Integration, Blockchain Integration and Software Designed Radio (SDR)
  • with Space Cybersecurity

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