Cyber Security in Space

Integrated cyber security solutions for the space segment

At Airbus Defence and Space Cyber, our solutions for space enables customers to securely build, connect and operate platforms, networks and cloud systems across the space, data link and ground segment.

Nations depend strategically on the resilience of space-based systems for all missions such as communication, navigation, Earth Observation and reconnaissance. With the transformation of the space segment, institutions, commercial companies and individuals now have easier access and valuable information or services delivered by space assets.

Space is increasingly becoming a congested, contested and competitive domain. Each asset is vulnerable to a wider range of emerging threats and cyber attacks.
For this reason, space security requires:

  • Strong security concepts
  • Protection with security by design concepts
  • Resilient security system architecture
  • Security measures specific for the space segment
  • More standardisation efforts regarding space-based infrastructure and systems

Having protected Airbus’ own and our customers’ space systems for 30+ years, our experts have a strong knowledge of the constantly evolving security challenges. We also have extensive experience of securing missions for an extended scope, including for military customers and dual-use missions.

A system integrator for space security

We address the new security risks in the space segment to ensure that space-based navigation, communications systems and Earth Observation satellites are resilient against complex cyber threats. We design, develop, integrate and deploy tailored military grade services and solutions, as well as provide operational support and training.


Cyber security risks need to be taken into account at every stage of the design phase to make sure systems remain as secure as possible during the very long lifecycle of a platform, which is more than 10 years for most satellites. With our security-by-design approach, our cyber expert teams can address fundamental design issues and find new ways of protecting against the most sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Information and IT security concepts

We create information and IT security concepts to assure ground and space systems accreditation for our customers.

We provide cyber vulnerability investigations that aim to identify any vulnerabilities which could result in a cyber effect and an impact on the mission. The assessment incorporates traditional technical vulnerability assessment / penetration testing but also has a strong focus on human centric aspects looking at the security culture of the organisation.

Architecture and Integration

We integrate resilient systems with multi-level security based on a zero trust framework to protect networks and platforms from internal and external data breaches and cyber threats.
During the integration phase our cyber security architects ensure the implementation is based on best practices and latest security standards.

Maintenance and Training

Our mission is your mission’s success. For this reason we offer in service support to maintain the resilience of your systems and networks. During the whole lifespan of the project or mission, our teams update the information and IT security concepts in place as well as software components  according to the latest security requirements and standards

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What can we do for you

Through a portfolio of sophisticated products and solutions, we – at Airbus Defense and Space Cyber – ensure the protection of highly sensitive data and complexe systems.

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+450 Cyber experts

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Close collaberation with the armed force, government agencies and institutional clients

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Wordwide presence: France, Spain, Germany, UK

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