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UC3M presides the National Network of Excellence in Cyber Security Research


This July, the National Network of Excellence in Cyber security (Red de Excelencia Nacional de Investigación en Ciberseguridad - RENIC) was constituted. It is a Spanish research consortium in this field that is presided by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

La UC3M preside la Red de Excelencia Nacional de Investigación en Ciberseguridad

RENIC is conceived to be an open network that is participative and non-excluding, and which will offer services to the entire national cyber security research system. Its objective is to combine the efforts of the scientific community in this area and to coordinate its activity by means of a future roadmap in line with European strategy and the real needs of the industry and final users.

The Network (La Red) has been promoted by the National Institute for Cyber Security, a body which comes under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, through the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society. The group behind RENIC is made up of public (9) and private (2) universities, in addition to technology centers (4) and the public administration.

RENIC’s founding partners group is initially composed of 16 organizations: the Andalusian Center for Innovation and Information and Communication Technology (Centro Andaluz de Innovación y Tecnologías de Información y las Comunicaciones - CITIC), the Technology and Communications Center of Galicia (el Centro Tecnolóxico de Telecomunicacións de Galicia - Gradiant), the IMDEA Software Foundation, the Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation, the National Institute for Cyber security  (Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad - INCIBE) and several universities:  Carlos III de Madrid,  de Castilla la Mancha, de Granada, de La Laguna, de La Rioja, de León, de Málaga, de Mondragón, Politécnica de Madrid, Rey Juan Carlos, and de Vigo (the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the university of Murcia have also applied for admission to the consortium, as has the Spanish National Research Council - CSIC).

Another important milestone to note is RENIC’s election as a full member of the Board of Directors of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO); this election which achieves the RENIC’s goal of reinforcing the international position of the Spanish cyber security research ecosystem through this public-private cyber security association. “This election was made from among the candidacies of several European research consortiums that hoped to represent this sector in the ECSO; this represents an important recognition of the level of excellence exhibited by this network,” explains UC3M’s tenured professor Arturo Ribagorda, current president of RENIC.

This initiative is part of the Plan de Confianza en el Ámbito Digital (Digital Ecosystem Confidence Plan) which joins the mandate of the Digital Agenda for Spain (Agenda Digital para España), the European Cyber Security Strategy (Estrategia Europea de Ciberseguridad) and the National Security Strategy (Estrategia de Seguridad Nacional) to advance together to build a climate of confidence that will contribute to the development of the digital economy and society, to offer an open cyberspace, and to meet international commitments in the area of cyber security.