At present we rely heavily on the technological know-how of places like the United States and Israel. In order to reduce this dependence and grow our own skills, the European authorities have recently been developing cooperation policies with suppliers, industry, centres for technological development and experts in the field.
The important role regions play in cybersecurity.
The European Cyber Security Organisation
(ECSO) published a document entitled The
Role of the Regions in strengthening the European Union's cyber security,
where it sets out the argument that inter-regional cooperation is a key element
in European cybersecurity, and highlights the work of European regions as
fundamental to having a direct, privileged connection to local ecosystems.
To this end, the
document recognises the Basque Country as one of these «Smart Territories» - areas where there is active support for
enterprise and innovation linked to cybersecurity, and where both public and
private agents work in a coordinated, collaborative way.
At the same time, the
document stresses the fact that there are currently over 100 organisations
working in the cybersecurity sector, 16 of which are named for producing their
own technology. This information has been published in the Basque
Country White Paper on Cybersecurity.
recent estimates, the internal European market is worth over 25,000 million
euros, and its industrial landscape is made up of 12,000 companies (74% of
which are micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises) which supposes a great
opportunity for both traditional and emerging suppliers.
Country, an ecosystem committed to new ventures
Basque Country has a cutting-edge network of assets
and advanced manufacturing services known as the BDIH (Basque
Digital Innovation Hub), which supports training, research, testing and
validation for Basque companies, and is led from the Basque Agency for Business
Last year the BCSC collaborated with the four
agents on the committee of the Basque Network for Science,
Technology and Innovation (Tecnalia, Vicomtech, Ikerlan and BCAM), and
established the cybersecurity hub BDIH
with the aim of fostering the development of R&D&I projects.
Said hub comprises 5 laboratories located
throughout the Basque Country and inter-connected via the i2Basque network:
- Vicomtech (Donosti): focusing on Industry 4.0 and Blockchain.
- Ikerlan (Arrasate): specialised in testing and product certification, Industry 4.0 and Blockchain.
- BCAM (Bilbao): focusing on mathematical and simulation models.
- Tecnalia PTB (Zamudio): oriented towards Smart-grid, Automotion and Blockchain.
- Tecnalia PTA (Miñano): also known as Cyber Range, this lab is focused on training and up-skilling.
the Cybersecurity hub, there are also Additive Manufacturing and Flexible
Robotics hubs, as well as plans for other hubs including New Materials,
Intelligent Connected Machines and Digital Solutions.
The Basque Government is currently also
pioneering other types of entrepreneurial initiatives, such as BIND4.0 which is
an international programme aimed at promoting and developing the best start-ups
with solutions based on the new technologies present in Industry 4.0 (Big Data,
Virtual / Augmented Reality, Collaborative Robotics, Cybersecurity, The
Internet of Things, 3D Printing, etc.) and applied to the fields of advanced
manufacturing, energy and health.
participates in various international forums with a view to highlighting
everything done here in the Basque Country in the sector.
- Part of the ECSO since early 2018. We have been particularly active in this forum since the outset and, in recognition, have the support of our international partners in the shape of two important appointments:
- In June 2018, Javier Diéguez, the Head of the BCSC, was elected as the European Regions' representative on
the ECSO's Partnership Board. This is the
perfect communication channel with the European Commission when debating work
schedules related to cybersecurity.
- Over the final weeks of 2018, Javier Diéguez was also named Co-Director of ECSO Work Group 2, set up
to strengthen the rollout of the cybersecurity market, investment and
international collaboration. This position supposed a new opportunity to show
the world market the work being done on cybersecurity here in the Basque
- Part of Global
initiative dedicated to fostering the international expansion of startups.
we have recently been involved in several high-impact initiatives, including: