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European cybersecurity experts will be meeting in Madrid in March


  • 60 European experts accredited by standardisation organisations from more than 30 EU countries, will be meeting between 24 and 26 March in the Telefónica headquarters to develop new European standards on cybersecurity and data protection.
  • The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, the event's host, will be bringing the voice of experts from Spanish organisations to this European forum through CTN 320, which develops key standards to guarantee the progress of the digital age in terms of quality and trust. 

19 February 2020. From 24 to 26 March, the European standardization technical committee responsible for the development of standards on cybersecurity and data protection will hold several meetings in Madrid. These standards will guarantee the progress of the digital age in terms of quality and trust. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, is set to host.

As a member of UNE's standardization committee CTN 320, Telefónica, through its cybersecurity unit ElevenPaths, will host the event in Distrito Telefónica, the company's headquarters in Madrid. The event is expected to attract 60 European experts accredited by standardization organizations from over 30 European countries, including Spain, which will be represented by UNE. The meetings will discuss the development of new key European standards on cybersecurity and data protection, based on best practices and consensus.

The event will close on 27 March with a technical session in which the resolutions of the working meetings will be presented together with the international standardisation scenario and its connection with the regulatory environment in cybersecurity.

This committee, known as CEN/CLC JTC13 Cybersecurity and Data Protection, created within the framework of the European standardisation bodies CEN and CENELEC, is structured into six working groups. Their projects include design and default privacy management standards or cybersecurity in IoT (Internet of Things), among others. Furthermore, it is responsible for the conversion to European standard of the international information security standards of model ISO/IEC 27000 on information security management, as well as the ISO/IEC 15408 series on common criteria for IT security.

Another of the projects approved is the development of a light methodology for assessing information security for ICT products in future schemes under the umbrella of the Cybersecurity Act, a new regulation that will regulate a common European framework in this field.

Strategic role of CTN 320

Cybersecurity is a key priority in UNE’s Strategic Plan. Thus, UNE fosters the influence and participation of the Spanish sector in the development of standards supporting the creation of the EU Cybersecurity Framework, as well as actions aimed at helping to achieve the objectives of the Spanish National Cybersecurity Strategy.

To this end, the national technical standardization committee CTN 320 on cybersecurity and data protection was set up, a mirror of the European CEN/CLC JTC 13 in Spain. The CTN 320 is comprised of over 150 members from 70 cybersecurity organizations.

Spain is actively involved in this European committee. In fact, CEN/CLC JTC13 Working Group 3 on Security evaluation and assessment is chaired by fellow Spaniard, Miguel Bañón. Likewise, the LINCE methodology elaborated by the Spanish National Cryptology Centre (CCN) will contribute to the development of the future standard on information security assessment for ICT products by providing support to the establishment of the EU Cybersecurity Framework.