Spanish Deputy Director General: New Technologies Mean New Challenges

Dr. Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General, Information and Communications Systems for Security, Ministry of the Interior outlines his country’s strategy for combatting cyber security.

Dr. Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General, Information and Communications Systems for Security, Ministry of the Interior, Spain outlined his country’s strategy for combatting cyber security on Thursday.

Speaking at CybertechLive: Intelligence in the Cyberspace he said his office is currently monitoring over 100 technology projects, including state emergency radio communications systems, the unified communications services for the national police forces, as well as different information systems in the European Union area.

According to Esplugues, in 2019 Spain implemented many regulations including the publication of the national cyber security strategy, which included a number of objectives:
“To guarantee the safe use of cyberspace protecting the rights and freedom of citizens and promoting socio-economic progress; security and resilience of public sector networks, information and communication systems and essential services; safe and reliable use of cyberspace against illegal or malicious use; protection of businesses and social ecosystems and citizens; culture and commitment to cybersecurity and enhancement of human and technological capabilities; and security of cyberspace in the international arena.”

Esplugues said that Spain is currently facing numerous challenges with regards to cybersecurity.

“The communications field is developing very quickly new technologies mean new challenges at higher rates and more capabilities,” he said. “To be successful in investigations against terrorism, organized crime and other threats, interception systems must include advanced data collection and analysis capabilities using cutting edge tools in artificial intelligence and big data systems.”

“To transform information to intelligence it means to be more intelligent, fast and efficient ensuring compliance with current regulations,” he added.

The deputy director general cited the arrival of 5G technology and said that as a result Spain will need to “adapt our procedures from all points of view.”

With regards to cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, he said that security of industrial systems will become the norm and the industry organizations are already investing heavily in security and that efforts will only increase.

“The fact that cyber-attacks continue to increase year after year will push organizations to act and combat new threats,” he said. “Technological advances will have a profound impact on the [cyber] crime landscape and their success will depend on the ability of law enforcement authorities to respond to emerging threats.”

The challenge will come from the confluence among these new technologies - the never before seen new cases and applications as well as the challenges posed by existing legal and regulatory frameworks,” he added.