Massimo Mercati

Head of the Security Office, European Space Agency (ESA), Italy

Senior Manager expert of complex Space and Security multinational programmes, with high knowledge in identifying and managing innovative engineering and technology solutions with regard to complex dual use or military space systems. More than 20 years of experience in Space, in Security and the Electronic Technology field, most of which was spent leading teams in Industries, in International and Intergovernmental Agencies/ Organisations, such as NATO, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, along with Governmental Institutions as Space Security and Galileo Public Regulated Service Expert for the Italian Prime Minister, Military Advisor Cabinet Office. In ESA since the 2010, working in the Galileo Programme, and, since the beginning of 2019, filling the role of ESA Security Authority leading the ESA Security Office Team, with direct reporting line to the ESA Director General. This responsibility, performed in synergy with Member States' security specialists (the ESA Security Committee), includes the identification and analysis of the ESA Security Strategy, the definition of the ESA Security policy and establishment of the security framework, the Corporate and Space Programme Security implementation supervision and Accreditation Engineering Management, and, finally, as Cyber Security Authority, the coordination ESA wide of the cyber security activities and ESA Cyber Procurements. The Goal, for the ESA Security Office, is to grant an appropriate level of security applied to the ESA environment and ESA Space Infrastructure in order to safeguard the investments of the European Member States in space towards the evolution of the threat landscape.

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