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The BCSC demonstrates the strengths of the basque research ecosystem to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Basque Cybersecurity Centre (BCSC) has performed two internationally significant actions which place the Basque Country as a European reference point for cybersecurity and will strengthen the position of Basque industrial and research cybersecurity ecosystems beyond our borders, following the strategy designed by the Basque Government's Department for Economic Development and Infrastructures and the Grupo SPRI.

Basque Cybersecurity ecosystem gains European recognition

Continuing advances in the 4.0 strategy of the Basque industrial sector have been the driving force behind the development of a strong cybersecurity industry over the last few years. Uniting in one single geographical area both an important demand for cybersecurity services and a well-rounded offer of solutions, the Basque Country has evolved into an interesting ecosystem for investment and international entrepreneurship.

102 Basque companies to receive grants from the Basque Government to boost industrial cybersecurity

This year a total of 102 companies - 56 in Guipuzkoa, 25 in Biscay and 21 in Alava - have taken advantage of the Basque Government grants for boosting industrial cybersecurity. The programme, a pioneer in our area, is driven by SPRI and had an initial budget of 600,000 Euros, which was later extended to one million Euros thanks to the high number to companies which applied for a grant. This public investment will serve to promote privately funded investment in cybersecurity to the tune of 2.34 million Euros.

White Paper on Cybersecurity in the Basque Country

Today, society's dependence on technology implies a challenge for both the public and private sector, as they have had to engage with up-to-the-minute developments in order to satisfy the new demands of citizens and the market, as new technologies become more and more linked with their sectors' evolution.

BCSC presents the opportunities offered in the Basque Country for Cybersecurity entrepreneurs at the European Cyber Week

Rennes (Francia) is hosting the 3rd edition of the European Cyber Week from the 19th to the 22nd November. The European Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense forums will gather over 2,500 experts, including our director, Javier Diéguez, in representation o f the BCSC. Diéguez will be taking part in the panel "From Silicon Valley to Start up Nation: which opportunities for European Valleys", and will highlight the opportunities on offer in the Basque Country for Cybersecurity entrepreneurs.

Basque Cybersecurity Day accomplishes its aim of dynamising the Cybersecurity sector in the Basque Country, gathering together over 1,000 participants

From its outset in September 2017, one of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre's main aims has been to promote cybersecurity measures in Industry, in order to raise the level of protection in Basque companies, and to promote cybersecurity as a tool to gain a competitive edge. To this end, our first year has seen us focus part of our efforts on connecting supply and demand, with reference to cybersecurity, as this is not a route which should be travelled alone.

Recognition for the Basque Cybersecurity Centre as it is accepted to join FIRST, the foremost international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams

Frontiers do not exist for cybercriminals, and because of this, global collaboration between CIRST (Incident Response and Security Teams) is key. In 2017 the Ertzaintza recorded a total of 9,127 cybercrimes in the Basque Country. This figure was 20% up on the previous year, and in the first 6 months of this year they have already been alerted to over 6,000 such crimes. This is only the tip of the iceberg, as cybersecurity breaches are not always reported, and estimates currently put the economic losses to Basque businesses caused by cybercrime at around 840 million Euros.

The Basque Cybersecurity Centre (BCSC) organises Basque Cibersecurity Day: The meeting point for cybersecurity in the Basque Country

Cybersecurity is a transversal risk which affects all areas of society. Private users are constantly affected by different kinds of attack from the net, such as phishing and a multitude of other scams. Companies, meanwhile, are also constantly under attack from cybercriminals trying to access their systems, receiving denial-of-service attacks or becoming victims of attempts to deceive, such as the CEO scam. All of this can definitively affect the continuity of a business.

Basque Cybersecurity Centre inaugurates its installations

The Basque Cybersecurity Centre (BCSC), has inaugurated its new installations today, in the presence of the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and three members of his government: the ministers responsible for Economic Development and Infrastructures (Arantxa Tapia), Education (Cristina Uriarte) and Security (Estefanía Beltrán de Heredia). Also present was the Deputy Minister for Administration and General Services (Nerea López-Uribarri), representing the Department of Public Governance and Self-Government. The Centre Director, Javier Diéguez, was responsible for showing the visitors around the premises, located in the Alava Technology Park, and explaining the details of how the centre works.