Spain and the United States in the face of challenges to cybersecurity


The seminar “Spain and the United States in the face of challenges to cybersecurity” was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Indra headquarters in Madrid. This seminar was organized by the Fundación Consejo España – Estados Unidos, the Royal Elcano Institute, the Aspen Institute and the United States Embassy, with the sponsorship of Indra.

Throughout the day panelists discussed government and business plans and latest trends in the field of cybersecurity, in a context of cooperation between Spain and the United States.

The opening session featured remarks by Juan María Nin, Chairman of the Fundación Consejo España – EE. UU.; Fernando Abril-Martorell, President of Indra; Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, President of the Elcano Royal Institute; José Mª de Areilza, Secretary General of the Aspen Institute España; Enrique Mora, General Director on Foreign Policy and Multilateral, Global and Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain; Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State; and Félix Sanz Roldán, Secretary of State, Director, National Center for Intelligence and President, National Cybersecurity Council.

Besides the inaugural session, the seminar was organized into three round-table discussions. Each panel was led by a moderator and featured two key speakers and a third one who presented a practical case. The first panel was focused on National Security challenges, the second one dealt with protection of critical infrastructures and the last one addressed the issue of fighting cyberfraud.

Representatives from Spain and US Government, as well as representatives of leading companies from the private sector (Indra, Repsol, IBM, HP Iberia, Grupo BBVA, Symantec y Eleven Paths -Grupo Telefónica), spoke during the sessions.