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The 5th ESPDEF-CERT Cyber Defence Conference and the 17th STIC Conference of the CCN-CERT come to an end

November 30, 2023
  • The conference reflected the joint work of the Computer Emergency Response Teams of the Joint Cyberspace Command and the National Cryptologic Centre.
The 5th ESPDEF-CERT Cyber Defence Conference and the 17th CCN-CERT STIC Conference, inaugurated by the Minister of Defence and held at the Kinépolis cinemas in Madrid's Ciudad de la Imagen, have concluded with a successful participation: more than 5,700 experts, both national and international, 2,000 accredited companies, and 109 sponsors, who exhibited up to 77 stands. In addition, several tens of thousands of people were able to attend the event virtually in streaming format from more than 35 countries, an indispensable measure given the enormous excess of requests for this year's event and the growing interest in its conferences.
This conference is the showcase that configures Spain as an international benchmark in the field of cyberspace, as well as being the largest event related to cybersecurity at national level. The Armed Forces, headed by the Chief of Defence Staff and represented by the Joint Cyberspace Command (MCCE), have proactively contributed to the positive achievement of the event, working side by side with the staff of the National Cryptologic Centre .
The cinemas have stopped showing films during the three days of the event to allow speakers to present different information related to cybersecurity, as well as to organise workshops, talks, stands and round tables to cover topics as varied as the incipient effect of artificial intelligence in our daily lives, the paramount importance of the fifth operational domain - cyberspace - and even the access routes to the Armed Forces to develop a professional career in the field of cyberspace. Public-private collaboration has been outstanding and has proven to be an indispensable element within cyber defence due to the constant technological needs that this scenario poses.
The most important Spanish institutions for cybersecurity and national cyberdefence also contributed their muscle and know-how to the event. The CCN, the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE), the Cybersecurity Coordination Office (OCC) and the MCCE itself offered all attendees privileged information in this field. Of course, the framework of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union has served as a multiplier and, in this way, the importance of the event has also become international.