Learn About The Main Advances Of Andalusia In Cybersecurity
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Learn About The Main Advances Of Andalusia In Cybersecurity

The Andalusian Government’s corporate network is one of the largest administrative networks in Europe. It has some 220,000 employees, dependents of a hundred organisms and distributed among more than 10,000 branches. All of them handle very sensitive information, so the systems and communications must respond to the highest levels of security.

Given this challenge, in recent years, important steps have been taken in Andalusia to review current regulations and planning in this area. Also to strengthen the cybersecurity capabilities of the Andalusian public administration, involve the business community and raise awareness among citizens.

How far is the region in this area? Today we want to highlight the progress of Andalusia in terms of digital security and trust in recent years.

Index of contents

  • 1 SEDIAN, Digital Security Program in Andalusia
  • 2 Digital Security and Trust Plan 2020
  • 3 AndalucíaCERT
  • 4 Towards a culture of cybersecurity in Andalusia
  • 5 ‘SEDIAN Day’, the benchmark event for Andalusian cybersecurity

SEDIAN, Digital Security Program in Andalusia

The SEDIAN (Digital Security in Andalusia) initiative , under the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge, Business and University , is in charge of security policies in a broad sense in the region.

SEDIAN works in the protection of data and communications and in the creation of a climate of security and digital trust in Andalusia. Among its main objectives is that citizens, companies and administrations can interact through ICTs, to benefit from the advantages offered by the digital economy in a safe way.

2020 Digital Security and Trust Plan

Andalusia has been leading the ranking of cybercrime autonomous communities for years, according to Incibe (National Institute of Cybersecurity). To avoid these cyberattacks, but also to make the region resilient, the Board carried out actions, such as the Alcazaba Program (2007-2009), the Master Plan for Information Systems and Telecommunications Security of the Board’s Administration de Andalucía (2010-2013), and the approval of the ICT Security Policy Decree (2011). In 2014, it approved the Digital Security and Trust Plan. Its objectives are:

  • Promote the adoption of good practices in digital security in the regional and local administration of Andalusia.
  • Extend the culture of trust and digital security, through awareness, assistance and training programs, with special attention to minors.
  • Boost the cybersecurity market and job creation, by stimulating the supply and demand of digital security products, services and professionals.
  • Strengthen the capacities for prevention, detection and response to security incidents in Andalusia ( AndalucíaCERT ).

Work is currently being done on the evolution of the Decree establishing the ICT security policy in the autonomous administration. Protection measures against cyberattacks will be reinforced and the contents will be updated with the latest European regulatory changes in this regard.

AndalusiaCERT

AndalucíaCERT is the Andalusian Government’s cybersecurity incident response center. Since the start of its activity in 2010, AndalucíaCERT has managed more than 29,000 security incidents . The most common incidents are intrusion attempts, malware infections, or data policy violations.

Towards a culture of cybersecurity in Andalusia

The promotion of a cybersecurity culture in all areas of society, from education to public management, the economy or employment, is essential to ensure that cybersecurity, beyond a threat, becomes an opportunity for the innovation and competitiveness of companies.

In recent years, thanks in part to initiatives such as the Minerva Program or Andalucía Open Future  (startup accelerators of the Andalusian Government, in collaboration with Vodafone and Telefónica respectively), a number of new companies have broken into this field.

One of them is SecureKids , a remote control and management service for Android devices, in which both families and schools ensure that minors make correct use of mobile devices.

Another example is TactilePay , which offers a payment system using a fingerprint through a biometric reader. This prevents box mismatches and increases control. We also reduce the cost of paper tickets. This solution provides a much faster, more comfortable and safer system.

‘SEDIAN Day’, the benchmark event for Andalusian cybersecurity

Digital security and trust, beyond being a vital issue for the protection of organizations, in recent years has also become an opportunity for the advancement of the digital economy.

This is how it is exposed every year in ‘ SEDIAN Day ‘, the benchmark cybersecurity event in Andalusia. Driven by the SEDIAN initiative, this event allows to analyze the new trends in the sector, good practices and the challenges of public administrations in this field, as well as professional opportunities. During the last edition, more than 500 professionals highlighted the potential of the sector in advancing the digital transformation of the autonomous community.

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