New chair-elect for the Security Accreditation Board (SAB) of EUSPA

Published: 
18 May 2022
Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair
Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair

During the 52nd meeting of EUSPA’s Security Accreditation Board, Mr Philippe Bertrand, European affairs DGA coordinator, was elected as its new chair by the Member States representatives.

Philippe Bertrand has a vast experience in space-related activities and more specifically in satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely in the French Armed Forces, the office of the French Prime Minister and the European Commission.

"I am honoured to have been elected Chair of the EUSPA Security Accreditation Board and I would like to thank all the EU Member States representatives for putting their trust in me. In times of increased security cyber threats and attacks, maintaining the systems intact and guaranteeing the reliability of data to end-users is of utmost importance" stated Bertrand. "All together, we will keep the safety and security of our space assets in the forefront" he concluded.Bertrand thanked outgoing Chair, Bruno Vermeire for his leadership over the past four years.

"EUSPA is a cluster of experienced professionals and they are doing a fantastic job. I want to thank them for their patience and their incredible competence in security matters. I would also like to thank the other Member states for their permanent commitment to supporting me in achieving my mission and the European Commission for their collaboration" were Vermeire’s final remarks.

"The only way to ensure the security of each and every link, and thus of the entire EU Space Programme, is through the collaboration of all relevant actors from EUSPA’s security apparatus. The SAB is central to ensuring the security of our systems" says EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "I look forward to working closely with our new SAB Chair now that EUSPA accredits all the EU Space Programme components" concludes da Costa.

"I would like to congratulate Phillippe Bertrand on his election by the EU Member States.  I am sure the EUSPA SAB will benefit from his guidance and expertise in space security" said EUSPA AB Chair, Václav Kobera.

About the Security Accreditation Board 

EUSPA is the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme. The SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components. It ensures that all systems comply with the relevant security requirements, including Cyber and Supply Chain, and provides statements of approval to operate the systems and services with the objective that the EU space based services and data can be used by the EU citizens in a trusted way.

An independent body within EUSPA, the SAB is composed of a representative from each Member State, the Commission, and the High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The board independently makes its decisions, including in regard to the Commission and other bodies responsible for implementing the components and provision of service.

More information on the SAB way of working can be found in the SAB Rules of Procedure (RoP).

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Updated: Jun 09, 2022