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Internship on Cybersecurity for Satellites

Security of satellite communication has long been treated as “too expensive to exploit” i.e. the cost of finding vulnerabilities and exploiting the communication is too high for practical attacks. With the advancement of technology and increasing availability of both information on the communication protocols, free or low-cost tools and hardware, these attacks are nowadays within reach of anyone with enough time and motivation.

The scope of the project will cover both the signal-in-space i.e. the communication with the satellites as well as relevant ground segment elements (e.g. systems and facilities responsible for key management) covering both technical and procedural / human aspects.

Duties

The main tasks for the internship are to:

  • Review and summarise existing, relevant publications on the topic, identifying aspects relevant for EUMETSAT’s fleet;
  • Assess the status of security for the communication with existing satellites in operation;
  • Assess the status of security for communication with satellites for programmes in development;

 

  • Issue recommendations for existing and future missions, taking into account quantum security aspects for the long-term implementation;
  • In addition, the intern will support relevant day-to-day activities within the team.
 

LOCATION

Darmstadt, Germany

QUALIFICATIONS

The internships are open to master students with mandatory internship requirements in relevant disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, engineering, information technologies.


LANGUAGES

The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. It is necessary to be able to work effectively in English.


DEADLINE

24 January 2022


Duties

The main tasks for the internship are to:

  • Review and summarise existing, relevant publications on the topic, identifying aspects relevant for EUMETSAT’s fleet;
  • Assess the status of security for the communication with existing satellites in operation;
  • Assess the status of security for communication with satellites for programmes in development;

 

  • Issue recommendations for existing and future missions, taking into account quantum security aspects for the long-term implementation;
  • In addition, the intern will support relevant day-to-day activities within the team.

Skills and Experience

  • Have the ability to work effectively in English;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Be intrinsically motivated and curious about the internship subject;
  • Be able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Have the ability to take the initiative in researching ideas;
  • Have the ability to collect, collate, conceptualize and present information clearly.

Additional specific requirements:

  • Background knowledge in cryptography, network security, wireless security, wireless communication protocols;
  • Background knowledge of Radio Frequency communications and signal propagation would be an advantage.

Employment Conditions

Length of internship:  6 months
Anticipated start date: January/February 2022

The internship will require a non-disclosure agreement and potentially a basic background check for the intern, due to the sensitivity of the provided information.

No salary is paid to interns who are still in studies, however a daily allowance and contribution to travel / accommodation costs may be provided. The conditions will be established taking into account the requirements and policy of the intern’s educational institution.

Interns are responsible for providing their own health and accident insurance and for finding their own accommodation in Darmstadt.  

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.

About EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)