In order for the Copernicus services for Security applications to advance towards an operational status, clearly-defined governance mechanisms and processes must be identified, studied and implemented.

Copernicus services for Security applications are approaching operational maturity. Pre-operational services in the fields of Border Control, Maritime Surveillance and Support to External Action are benefitting from development and user engagement through a number of R&D projects. Given that the Security dimension addresses three different areas of benefit and that the user community is more diverse, new and specific governance models must be developed in order for these service areas to evolve towards operational maturity. Furthermore, Data Security policy aspects are more complex in the Security domain due to the sensitivity of the activities, data and geoinformation products in this field.

Copernicus services for Security applications will rely mainly on Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images supplied by Copernicus Contributing Missions. The operational coordination of Space data access in the Security field will therefore be necessary. According to the GMES Regulation, this task is the responsibility of ESA, and the BRIDGES project will study how the coordination of access to Space data interfaces with the services for Security applications, and the applicable governance models.