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Summary report of the feasibility study and design of a network of centers of excellence in R&D in cybersecurity

Posted on 06/01/2015, by INCIBE
Summary report of the feasibility study and design of a network of centers of excellence in R&D in cybersecurity

The annual worldwide net losses caused by cybercrime exceed 445 billion dollars (according to a study of the organization "Center for Strategic and International Studies"). The forecasts point to an increase in cyber espionage and attack as a service, incurred by increasingly skilled and specialized groups with technical potential to accomplish them successfully. This scenario favours a cyberthreat landscape in constant evolution and innovation, trying to stay ahead of the defensive measures taken.

In this cat and mouse game that attackers and defenders of the digital world play, the potential and capacity of research, development and innovation in cyber security of a country is a key indicator that assesses the strength to fight against global cyberthreats. Similarly, cybersecurity is a global emerging market that moves, at present, more than 75 billion dollars per year and with an expected annual growth of further 8% in the present year (Gartner), therefore maintaining a strong capacity for innovation in this sector nationwide, provides leadership opportunities and international positioning.

In order to understand the context and dynamics that rule R&D and innovation in cyber security in Spain, INCIBE (in the framework of the Digital Ecosystem Confidence Plan derived from the Digital Agenda for Spain) has prompted the realization of the "feasibility study and design of a Network of Centers of Excellence in R&D in cybersecurity".

This study has sought to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this ecosystem, as well as to determine the feasibility and relevance to set up a network of centers of excellence in R&D in cybersecurity. This network would aim to overcome the research fragmentation, bringing together the critical mass of the best capabilities, assets and scientific and technological talents, in order to foster the improvement and competitivity of the Spanish research and innovation ecosystem.

The study has had the collaboration of a large representative group of agents belonging to the four main types of entities that normally constitutes an ecosystem like this: Public Administration, Academia, R&D support organizations and Industry.

The summary report presented here contains a summary of the methodology followed and the main findings, results and conclusions obtained after the execution of the study. It also includes an executive summary containing key findings in terms of positioning the R&D in cybersecurity ecosystem, and the challenges to set up the future Network of Centers of Excellence as well as the strategic elements that should guide its activity.

The summary report of the study can be downloaded in the following links: