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UNE standards on ICT instil trust in the digital market

2,600 UNE standards on ICT instil trust in the digital market


  • The standards of the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, are the common language spoken by all parties involved in the digital transformation process, guaranteeing the security of products and services, and creating robust and reliable frameworks.

5 December 2019. More than 2,600 UNE standards related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) help to generate confidence in the digital market, establishing common language between all parties and guaranteeing the security of products and services.

This was announced by the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), on the occasion of the Firm Steps campaign, which aims to highlight the advantages of technical standards for economic sectors, companies and consumers.

Digital transformation means that organisations have to deal with very recent concepts such as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), cyber security, the cloud or digital identification systems, among others. At the same time, they face numerous threats related to the digital revolution. In this context, technical standards play and will continue to play a key role in ensuring their success, providing a robust and reliable framework, based on best practices and consensus.

Some illustrative examples of this are the UNE 0060 and UNE 0061 Specifications, promoted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, that establish the requirements for considering an industry as Digital, facilitating the full digitisation of Spanish industrial companies.

More than 600 international standards are being reviewed, with the goal of guaranteeing the proper operation of the fourth industrial revolution. The standards cover aspects such as interoperability, connectivity, cyber security, IoT, advanced robotics and 3D printing, among others.

In the field of cybersecurity, the Spanish standardisation association has created the Technical Standardisation Committee CTN 320. This Committee will be the direct channel of Spanish influence in the drafting of European and international standards on cyber security and data protection.

Also illustrative is the Technical Standardisation Committees CTN 71 on Digital Enabling Technologies, chaired by the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement (SEAD), which works in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain, among others." The new national subcommittee CTN71/SC40 has just be formed for IT Management and Governance, being the Spanish channel of influence for the development of technical reports and specifications in this area and to participate in international standards.  

In the report Support to the Standardisation of the Digital Economy, developed with the collaboration of AMETIC, UNE analyses how ICT standards will play a key role in ensuring the success of the digital single market as recognised by the European Commission.

Help in achieving the SDGs

UNE standards related to digitisation help organisations achieve one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they provide a common language and measurable criteria that are based on the knowledge, consensus and collaboration that this global challenge requires. Thus, UNE standards help to achieve SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG 11 Smart Cities and Communities, among others.