During this legislature, the government intends to present a new cybersecurity law to reduce cyberattacks and improve the response to them. The Minister of Digital Transformation and Public Service, José Luis Escriva, presented this Monday afternoon to Congress the general proposals of his department before the Committee on Economy, Commerce and Digital Transformation.
One of its main proposals is to take advantage of European funds from the Recovery Plan to improve the training of specialists and improve responses to the growth of cyberattacks, both industrial and personal. The law also provides that Incibe (National Cybersecurity Institute) will continue to train thousands of specialists in this field. This text is outside the 5G cybersecurity law approved in 2022.
The new law is just one of the concrete projects of the ministry headed by Escriva. The minister also highlighted the effort that Spain is making to attract companies with knowledge in the design and manufacturing of chips, one of the great geostrategic, rather than digital, challenges of the years to come. Today, most of the world’s chip manufacturing is done in Taiwan. Any type of conflict on the island would produce an earthquake in the global economy. The United States and Europe have been trying for years to better distribute this production, which is technically very complex to achieve.
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 explains following the installation of an installation of this type by Meta in Castilla La Mancha. The government also expects to receive notable investments in this type of data centers.
Artificial intelligence will continue to be at the center of this ministry’s policies, always with an emphasis on “humanistic AI”, in the words of the minister. His department has as a reference the framework of the recent provisional agreement for a European law on artificial intelligence. AI filters into other sections of the ministry: there will be specific courses for civil servants, Spanish wants to be promoted in the major linguistic models without forgetting the industrial applications of this technology. The ministry boasts of having in Spain one of the major European infrastructures for the use of AI, the Barcelona Intensive Computing Center with its recent Mare Nostrum 5. Another objective is the deployment of AESIA, the National Artificial Intelligence Surveillance Agency, based in La Coruña. , and which internally in the ministry we call “artificial intelligence intelligence”.
The ministry provided data on how Spain continues to lead the process of connecting every Spanish household to fixed internet, fiber optic or satellite. The deployment continues throughout the country.