The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. It undertakes the following missions:
- Galileo Security Monitoring: The GSMC monitors and takes action regarding security threats, security alerts and the operational status of systems components.
- Management of PRS access on system level: The GSMC ensures that sensitive information relating to the use of the Public Regulated Service (PRS) is suitably managed and protected, and not exposed to the Galileo Operating Centre. The GSMC serves as the interface with governmental entities (through computerised Point of Contract Platforms or POCPs) for requests of cryptographic keys, and with the Galileo core components for managing satellite-related signal messages.
- Implementation of ‘joint action’ instructions: In the event of a security threat to the European Union or to a Member State arising from the operation or use of the system, or in the event of a threat to the operation of the system itself, in particular as a result of an international crisis, the Council, acting unanimously, shall decide on the necessary instructions to the GSA and the concession holder of the system.
- Provide PRS and Galileo security expertise and analysis.
The GSMC is based in France and the United Kingdom.