With the new Executive Order on Resilient Positioning, Timing and Navigation (PNT), signed by President Donald J. Trump on February 12, 2020, the federal government sets an urgent priority on protecting critical infrastructure from rising threats to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and PNT signals.
Importantly, the order seeks to strengthen national resilience by identifying and promoting the responsible use of positioning, navigation, and timing services by the Federal Government and critical infrastructure owners and operators.
Without which, rapidly emerging threats could affect sectors such as communications, information technology, energy, transportation, financial services, government facilities and emergency services.
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“From mobile phone applications to automobile navigation, our digital, interconnected society is dependent every day on PNT services,” said DHS Acting Secretary Chad. F. Wolf.
“That is why it’s critically important that PNT services remain properly functioning as a major component of the Nation’s critical infrastructure.”
“By adopting responsible use of PNT services, the Federal Government and owners and operators of critical infrastructure can contribute meaningfully to national resilience and ensure the continuous, uninterrupted delivery of services to the nation.”
“This is a test of our resilience.”
“DHS thanks the president for his leadership and looks forward to building on our relationships with our interagency partners and the private sector to implement this executive order.”
“Our Department will continue to promote the security and resilience of critical infrastructure through the risk-based responsible use of GPS and other PNT services,” he added.
How will the PNT Executive Order protect critical infrastructure?
The U.S. government plans to release sector-specific PNT profiles that will describe:
Critical systems, networks and assets that depend on PNT services.
The risks of service disruption and manipulation.
The potential consequences such risks may have on the critical infrastructure.
Standards, guidelines and sector-specific requirements to address the associated risks.
What PNT technology is currently available to address these threats?
The rise of unintentional and deliberate GPS jamming and spoofing attacks over the past few years have led to the development of new PNT technologies, which are able to address most of the PNT vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure.
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Understanding critical infrastructure vulnerabilities and defining what would happen during PNT service disruption and manipulation are key to securing systems against attacks, and a range of testing systems are available to simulate existing or future threats like jamming and spoofing.
“PNT threats are constantly evolving,” explains Stephane Hamel, GNSS Testing and Simulation Director at Orolia, a global leader in GPS/GNSS and PNT solutions for military and commercial applications.
“It’s important to recognize that any successful PNT protection program must be built within a living process of continuous improvement to identify, defeat and anticipate new threats.”
Proven technologies should be used to effectively reduce the occurrence of PNT service disruption or manipulation.
Multi-frequency and/or multi-GNSS receivers reduce risk by leveraging multiple signal sources.
Blocking antennas can be used to reject terrestrial interference coming from the horizon, and Controlled Radiation-Pattern Antennas (CRPA) can reject strong directional signals in the GPS band to prevent compromised signals from entering electronic equipment.
PNT cybersecurity measures at the network level, coupled with secure time servers that are approved for use in government networks, are effective ways to prevent PNT cyber-attacks.
Software and hardware-based technologies are available to detect signal jamming and spoofing, providing real time alerts to effectively reduce critical infrastructure vulnerability.
Choosing the right solution involves a trade-off between the complexity of threat scenarios and the level of false alarms that can be tolerated, both of which affect the solution’s cost.
GPS threat detection can suffice to address vulnerabilities, provided that alternative PNT sources are available to take over when GPS is compromised.
Alternative PNT sources like oscillators, inertial sensors or digital maps are only effective if GPS disruption is temporary, meaning a few minutes for navigation and positioning, and a few days for timing.
By contrast, the STL signal on the Iridium satellite network is a commercially available PNT service that is fully independent of GPS and traceable to UTC, which can be used as a backup during longer GPS outages.
Another option is in-line jamming suppression technology, which counteracts the most common GPS jammers and typically reduces their jamming range by a factor of 100 through a small piece of equipment installed between the antenna and the receiver.
Critical infrastructure programs now need to assess and identify risks, choose appropriate Resilient PNT technology and define an ongoing monitoring and improvement program.
The good news is that proven Resilient PNT technology is available today.
“We can’t afford to wait for a major or fatal PNT disruption to trigger action,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia.
“Key initiatives like the PNT Executive Order provide essential awareness that these threats exist, and confirm the need to respond today with proven solutions that can keep critical infrastructure running smoothly.”
(Orolia will present a comprehensive suite of Assured PNT military solutions at the 2020 AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition, a three-day event that will explore the capabilities outlined in the Army Operating Concept and how the force transforms from being adaptive to driving innovation for Force 2025 and beyond. The company’s wide portfolio of Simulation Solutions ensure critical systems are field ready for continuous operations, even in GNSS-denied environments. They will also feature exhibits and demos from our innovative turnkey Defense Platform in Mission Timing & Synchronization and Mobile Mission Systems. Courtesy of Orolia and YouTube. Posted on Feb 14, 2020.)
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