Javier Diéguez, the Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre and member of the ECSO Partnership Board, meets with representatives of the European Commission to present the range of activities in progress, aimed at developing the European Cybersecurity industry.
The Basque Cybersecurity Centre continues to work on projects focused on making the Basque Country into a territory with a mature network of Cybersecurity companies, and where the implementation of Cybersecurity in Industry as a competitive tool is a priority.
Last June the European Cybersecurity Organisation (ECSO) chose Javier Diéguez, the Director
of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre, to represent the European Regions on the
Partnership Board of this public-private body which acts as the formal channel
of communication between the ECSO and the European Commission. In this way, the
Basque Country took a decisive step in consolidating its position as a European
reference point in cybersecurity. It was precisely
this aim of positioning the Basque Country as an international benchmark in the
application of cybersecurity technologies in advanced manufacturing industries
which the Basque Government has cited as one of its objectives since the BCSC
was set up, through the GRUPO SPRI, in October 2017.
The Partnership Board (a committee of public and private collaborators)
is the formal channel of communication between the ECSO and the European Union,
and is used for discussing the programme of work related to cybersecurity
projects, implementing matters related to the wider R+D+i programme, and
monitoring the agreements with public and private collaborators. This Committee
is the gateway to establishing open dialogue between the members of the ECSO in
order to meet the goals set under the contractual relationship with the
European Commission. The Basque Country has been leading this programme since
June 2017 as representative of the European Regions Partnership Board.
The BCSC's activity in promoting the Basque cybersecurity industry has
had important repercussions, and in December 2017 led the members of ECSO to
consider Javier Diéguez for the position of head of ECSO's Work Group number 2,
thus contributing with ideas which have been proven in regional industry and
are transferable to the European industrial model. The Work Group aims to
develop the cybersecurity market and investors in Europe, as well as promoting
initiatives focused on international collaboration.
On Wednesday, 15th May, the ECSO Partnership Board met with
representatives from the European Commission to present various initiatives
which the ECSO is currently working on with a view to developing the European
Cybersecurity industry. Among the spokespersons who presented initiatives, it
was Javier Diéguez who explained the most important projects undertaken by Work
Group 2. More specifically, Diéguez presented the Commission with the
Cybersecurity Market Radar which catalogues every cybersecurity agent across
Europe, the activities currently attracting investors and thereby allowing the
cybersecurity industry to grow, and the bilateral meetings held with
representatives of other global ecosystems, such as last month's meeting with