1706549438 The government will propose a new cybersecurity law

The government will propose a new cybersecurity law

The government will propose a new cybersecurity law

This legislative period, the government plans to present a new cybersecurity law to reduce and improve response to cyberattacks. The Minister of Digital Transformation and Public Service, José Luis Escrivá, presented the general proposals of his ministry this Monday afternoon in Congress to the Commission of Economy, Trade and Digital Transformation.

One of their main proposals is to use European funding from the economic recovery plan to improve the training of skilled workers and improve responses to the increase in cyberattacks at both industrial and private levels. The law also stipulates that Incibe (National Cybersecurity Institute) will continue to train thousands of specialists in this field. This text is outside the 5G cybersecurity law passed in 2022.

The new law is just one of the concrete plans of the ministry headed by Escrivá. The minister also highlighted Spain's efforts to attract companies with knowledge of chip design and manufacturing, which represents one of the major geostrategic and non-digital challenges of the coming years. Today, the majority of global chip manufacturing takes place in Taiwan. Any conflict on the island would trigger an earthquake in the global economy. The USA and Europe have been trying for years to better distribute this production, which is technically very complex.

The ministry also intends to create regulations for the sustainable creation of data centers in Spain. Its energy and water consumption is worrying, as EL PAÍS explained after the installation of such a system by Meta in Castile-La Mancha. The government also expects significant investments in these types of data centers.

Artificial intelligence will continue to be a central focus of this ministry's policy, always with a focus on “humanistic AI”, as the minister put it. His department uses the framework of the recent provisional agreement for a European law on artificial intelligence as a reference. AI is penetrating other areas of the ministry: there will be special courses for civil servants, Spanish wants to be promoted in the major language models, without forgetting the industrial applications of this technology. The Ministry boasts of having in Spain one of the greatest European infrastructures for the use of AI, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center with its latest Mare Nostrum 5. Another objective is the use of the AESIA, the National Intelligence Supervision Agency Artificial based in A Coruña , and which they call internally in the ministry “the intelligence of artificial intelligence”.

The ministry has presented data on how Spain continues to be a leader in connecting all households in Spain to the fixed line via fiber or satellite. The operation will continue throughout the area.

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