AFCEA Europe Space Workshop 2020
IMPORTANT: As the situation with COVID-19 has become increasingly unpredictable in Belgium as of recent, AFCEA Europe is regrettably forced to change our Space Workshop format into a completely virtual event. 
- See the Programme for this virtual event and the Programme Overview.
Space, as an operational domain in defense and as a specific part of critical infrastructure and its importance to the welfare of nations and its people are rather new thoughts in the Brussels arena.

Recent political and technological developments such as the European Union’s “New Space” approach, NATO’s new space policy, nano satellites and internet via space are adding pressure on one of the most unknown but critical elements of space operations - enhanced cyber security. As cyber attacks can impede operations in or via space physically as well as virtually and in many ways, developing a sophisticated defense stance is of increasing importance.

This workshop on Cyber Security in and for Space Operations focused on raising awareness on specific cyber security requirements, fostering mutual understanding between strategists, space operators and cyber defenders, and intended to identify steps to be taken in support of a new, more cyber-secure space era.

The newest challenges, concepts and technologies were discussed with representatives from NATO, the EU, national governments, research institutions and industry during this workshop. In addition, this workshop also enabled to establish a Brussels-based group of like-minded experts for space-related questions in defence for both NATO and the EU.
Confirmed speakers:
- Dr. Jamie Shea, Professor of Strategic Studies, Exeter University, UK, and former Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
- Lieutenant-General John Thompson, Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, US Space Force, USA
- Mr. Gordon Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Investment Division, NATO
- Ms. Carine Claeys, Special Envoy, Space Task Force, European External Action Service
- Brigadier-General Frederic Pesme, Deputy Director, Policy & Capabilities Division, International Military Staff, NATO
- Mr. Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG DEFIS, European Commission
- Mr. Martin Ditter, Head of the European Space Security and Education Center, European Space Agency
- Dr. Beyza Unal, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House
- Mr. Wolfgang Roehrig, Head of Unit Information Security, European Defence Agency
- Brigadier-General (Ret.) Robert Mazzolin, Chief Cyber Security Strategist, RHEA Group, Canada
- Ms. Erin M. Miller, Vice-President for Operations, Space-ISAC, National Cyber Security Center, USA
- Ms. Kaitlyn Johnson, Associate Director, Aerospace Security Project, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, USA
- Ms. Sarah Brown, Senior Scientist, NATO Cyber Security Center, NCI Agency
- Ms. Laryssa Patten, Space and ASG Portfolio Manager, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI Agency
- Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Heren, Subject Matter Expert on Space, Joint Air Power Competence Center, Germany
- Dr. Mustafa Shhadih, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE), George Washington University (GWU), USA
- Prof. Dr. Paulo Esteves-Verissimo, Full Professor, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Dr. Joe Touch, Senior Distributed Systems Data Architect, The Aerospace Corporation, USA