The maturity of the Spanish system in this area is largely due to the integration of different actors in a widely regulated common ecosystem, but above all to the collaboration, cooperation and coordination of all of them, understanding cybersecurity as a State Policy under the umbrella of National Security.
To make further progress in this regard, the National Cybersecurity Strategy approved by the National Security Council in April 2019 included the creation of the National Cybersecurity Forum. A forum to bring together representatives of civil society, independent experts, the private sector, academia, associations, non-profit organisations, among others, in order to strengthen and create public-private synergies.
The Forum, configured as a working group of the National Cybersecurity Council, was born and is maintained under the VISION of collaborating in the development of the National Cybersecurity Strategy and in the achievement of its objectives and the MISSION of articulating and bringing together an environment of public-private collaboration that, through different lines of action, generates maximum knowledge about the challenges to National Security in cyberspace, whether opportunities or threats, and always in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Council.
The official constitution of the Forum was established last July virtually, chaired by the Director of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government, Mr. Iván Redondo, accompanied by Mr. Miguel Ángel Ballesteros, Director of the Department of National Security and President of the Forum, and the Vice-Presidencies of the Director General of INCIBE and the Deputy Director of the CCN.
The forum is made up of 15 organisations representing civil society and the private sector, including business organisations, think tanks, universities, specialised media, among others.
The lines of work approved at this meeting focused on increasing Cybersecurity Culture; support for Industry and R&D&I and Training and Talent in cybersecurity, all of which are aligned with measures included in the National Cybersecurity Strategy. Three public-private co-leadership working groups were created for their implementation.
- For the Culture of Cybersecurity group, the Department of Homeland Security, the ISMSForum association and the Borreda Foundation
- For the Industry and R&D&I support group, INCIBE and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce
- For the Cybersecurity Training, Education and Talent group, the National Cryptologic Centre and CRUE TIC.
After several months of work, the National Forum met today to present the progress made by the working groups and the new initiatives that have been presented during the course of the activities carried out.
Some of the advances were presented at events organised by INCIBE in October, the 14ENISE and at the National Cryptologic Centre's conference in December.
- Department of Homeland Security.
- Vice-Presidency National Cybersecurity Institute.
- Vice-Presidency of the National Cryptologic Centre.
- Representation of large companies: CEOE.
- SME representation: CEPYME.
- Representation of the self-employed: ATA.
- Representation of citizens: AUTELSI.
- Professional representatives: ISACA.
- Representative of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
- Representatives of associations linked to cybersecurity: ISMS Forum.
- Media representatives: Borrmart.
- Media representatives: CODA Editions.
- THINKTANKS representation: Real Instituto Elcano and Thiber.
- University representative: Sectorial Commission for Information and Communication Technologies of the Crue Universidades Españolas.
- Representative of universities: Representative of the National Network of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research.
- Forum Representative: National Coordinator of the CSIRT.es Network.
- Representative of the CISOS CNPIC Bureau.
OTHER ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTATIVES: Standing Committee on Cybersecurity.