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.
The adoption of new technologies has brought about a digital transformation of
society, its public bodies and its businesses, and, as a consequence of this
transformation, we are now faced with new threats and risks.
In an attempt to minimise the impact of these new threats and risks in the
European Union, the European Commission itself laid out a cybersecurity
strategy, with the aim of fostering the European values of freedom and
democracy, and ensure a safe growth of the digital economy. In order to do this
they have recently passed various regulations and directives, including the NIS
Directive, whose objective is to reinforce the cyber-resilience of IT systems,
reducing the impact of cybercrime on the internet and strengthening the EU's
cybersecurity policy and international cyber-defence.
Concurrently, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, passed on 27th
April by the European Parliament, has supposed a new legal framework for
matters relating to data protection across the European Union. Said regulation
reinforces the principles of privacy and controls the new laws and new
obligations for all concerned, based on the new principle of accountability and
proactive responsibility which calls for due diligence from every organisation
whose operations involve processing personal data.
this context, the Basque Country, as
an example of a modern, advanced society, has as its goal a model of greater
social cohesion, security and resilience.
In order to reach this goal, and thanks to the support of the Basque
Government, the Basque CyberSecurity
Centre was set up as part of the Basque Agency for Business Development
which depends in turn on the Basque Government's Department for Economic
Development and Infrastructures.
way of an introduction to the general situation of the Basque cybersecurity
ecosystem, we have drawn up this study to show an analysis of the cybersecurity
sector, including key aspects such as the prospects and opportunities facing
the sector, and a detailed description of the current situation of organisations dedicated to cybersecurity
existent in the Basque Country today.
document may be accessed via the following link.