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The high level objectives of the SECOPS project are to:
In particular, the study aims at clearly identifying and establishing:
The outcome of the study includes a preliminary high-level design of:
The project faces several challenges.
The first one is related to the definition of actual use cases applicable to a GOVSATCOM scenario, that is still under definition. As a consequence, the collection of the actual requirements in an effective manner, for a service not yet in place, is not trivial.
Another challenge derives from the sensitivity of the information and the types of stakeholders involved, which are mainly in the government sector. Some Stakeholders may be reluctant to provide this kind of information and they may express their requirements at a very high level, not sufficient to define the actual needs of the system.
Finally, the project aims at the definition of a broker-like security operations service independent from the actual GOVSATCOM provider, where providers and services of such kind are not commercialised yet.
This project shows how European space industry can support the EU’s GOVSATCOM initiative to provide secure and guaranteed access to satellite communications for a wide range of governmental applications, like civil protection, border surveillance, humanitarian aid.
In particular it supports the definition and specification of the different stakeholders requirements, with respect to actual use cases, and it defines a model for a security service independent operator able to offer security monitoring services to GOVSATCOM providers.
It also outlines the need for an independent Security Operations Services for Space in the Govsatcom context and more in general in a pooling and sharing system. Specific services and features necessary to delivery such service are specified in the course of the study and a high level design is provided, considering several alternative deployment types.
A specific business case for the Eutelsat Quantum has been developed to perform a cost/benefits analysis related to the provision of SecOps service bundled with the Eutelsat Quantum offering.
The system is composed of:
In the design of SecOpS three different deployment options have been assessed, that define the scope and boundaries of the SECOPS service:
The figure below represents all the descripted options
The architecture consists of:
The infrastructure includes:
Service operations consists of:
The project started on March 2018 and the first phase is concluded in June 2019.
It was developed in two steps.
This step addressed the security requirements elicitation, analysis and definition of both the SECOPS and sVSO sub-system leveraging Eutelsat Quantum. Phase 1 concludes with the Security Requirements definition for SECOPS.
The second step addressed:
Step 2 provided a Preliminary Design of the SecOps and the additional security requirements to be considered in Eutelsat Quantum to address the needs of an sVSO in a commercially secure pooling and sharing environment.
The definition study is completed.