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Event: ICT 2018 will be held in Vienna in December

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ICT 2018, which will be held in Vienna from December 4th to 6th, is the key event in the research and innovation of Information Technology (ICT) fields in the European Union.

This year, the conference will focus on the priorities of the European Union in the digital transformation of society and industry in the medium and long term. Over the course of three days, professionals in the sector, and especially those who carry out digital transformation activities, will be able to share their experience and vision of the EU in the digital era.

ICT 2018, jointly organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, will take place at the Austria Center Vienna (for more information, click here). The event will also be open to European citizens, who will be able to attend conferences and talks with scientists, political actors and other professionals.
In this edition, the following actions will be highlighted:
  • A conference on digital research and innovation policies
  • An exhibition on innovative projects financed with European funds in the field of IT
  • Various networking activities
  • A “village” of innovation and stat-ups to raise awareness of European entrepreneurship.
 If you would like more information about the evolution of the event, you have at your disposal the Twitter account #ICT 2018.

 ICT 2018 conference program

This edition’s program places value on influential lecturers and debates on the EU’s digital policy.

Among others, the following topics will be covered in ICT 2018:

  • Artificial intelligence and industry transformation
  • European data economy: Big Data potential in the Digital Single Market High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • The importance of digital skills in education
  • eGovernment

 About ICT

The European Commission has been organizing ICT events since 1998 and they have become one of the most relevant ICT innovation forums at an international level that annually brings together the most outstanding professionals of ICT research and innovation.

International Women’s Day 2018: fostering a greater female presence in the digital sector

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The International Women’s Day 2018, held on March 8th around the world, has served as a platform to demand an increase in the participation of women in the digital sector.

According to the new study “Women in the Digital Era”, there is currently an increase in the gender gap in the participation of men and women in the digital sector in education, professional careers and entrepreneurship.

In line with this uneven situation and coinciding with the International Women’s Day 2018, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (in charge of Economy and Digital Society in the EU) explained her strategy to increase the participation of women in the digital sector.

The strategy proposed by the Commissioner is based on three fundamental pillars:

  • Fight against gender stereotypes and promote role models concurring with the International Women’s Day 2018

For the European Commissioner, the problem lies in the lack of female references in the technology sector. Although the EU has already legislated on this matter, the media do not reflect the current reality.

This is due, fundamentally, to the fact that audiovisual content is mostly made by men. For this reason, the Commissioner proposes to evaluate and improve the situation by promoting gender equality in the audiovisual sector.

In addition, women in the cybersecurity sector only represent 7% of the sector’s workforce in the EU. For this reason, Mariya Gabriel has started the campaign “No Women no Panel” to encourage the presence of women in the discussion forums, in which she will participate only if there is at least two people from the less represented gender.

  • Allow, promote and motivate girls to learn digital skills and take STEAM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Statistics show that only 24 out of every 1,000 graduates in the STEAM fields are women. The society needs to raise this small number and, for this, specific actions are being implemented from the EU.

For example, there is already the “EU Code Week” (in 2018 it takes place from October 6 to 21), in which 46% of women already participate. The goal is to reach 50% in 2020.

In addition, in 2017 a special prize was presented that promotes digital skills in women and girls called “Digital Skills Awards“.

  • Allow and encourage more women to participate in digital entrepreneurship and innovation

The female gender is underrepresented in digital start-ups. In particular, there are 23% of female employees in this type of company and only 19% of digital entrepreneurs are women.

Therefore,  two initiatives at European level that aim to help reverse this situation have been implemented:

  1. WeHubs, the first European community that connects business ecosystems in support of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.
  2. EU Prize for Women Innovators, which recognizes the work of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.

The gender gap in the digital sector is a cause for concern since, by 2020, the EU will have shortages of qualified personnel in digital areas. Therefore, matching up with the International Women’s Day 2018, it is important that the European institutions promote the role of women in this sector.

If you wish to know more about the International Women’s Day 2018, please click here.

Event on High Performance Computing will take place in Bulgaria

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On April 19th, 2019, an event on High Performance Computing (HPC) will take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) in order to raise awareness of the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) as a transforming element of the European Union.

In addition, the European HPC strategy will be presented and the impact of the European Commission’s proposal on European scientific, economic and social advances, including the digital skills that the HPC has produced, will be analyzed.

The event, which has been jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission, will be attended by some 250 professionals from both the private sector and the public sector. Registration can be made until April 9th (see here).

To see the agenda of the event, click here.

Mobile World Congress brings together the main players in the mobile phone industry in Barcelona

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The Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1, 2018, brings together in a single space  the world’s leading companies in the mobile telephony industry and technology in general. This year, over 110,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair.

In this edition of the technological summit, the main companies in the sector worldwide (Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG) are presenting their new mobile terminals. Among others, the presentation by Samsung of its new device Galaxy S9 and S9 + has been specially important. This mobile phone has artificial intelligence, dual camera in the larger version and customized avatars to provide a more complete user experience than in previous versions.

In addition to the main novelties of mobile telephony, numerous innovations have been exhibited in the technological sector as solutions of artificial intelligence of last generation, flexible screens, latest 5G technology, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cybersecurity, among many others.

At a national level, Telefónica has revolutionized the sector by presenting its assistant, AURA. Chema Alonso, Head of Data of the company, and its President, José María Álvarez-Pallete, have been responsible for introducing the attendees to the new platform that is activated by the voice and is capable of analyzing and storing information in real time.

Presence of companies from the Digital Certification sector

In this edition, the following Digital Certification companies participated in the MWC:

Belgian Mobile ID, BIID, CertiSign, Elliptic Laboratories,, Real Identity Co., SafeLayer, Signaturit, Signen, Signicat, SK ID Solutions, Trusted K, Validated ID, Vasco Data Security and Vintegris.

Likewise, the chip manufacturers Gemalto and G + D were present at the fair.

History of the Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress is the most important event worldwide for the mobile telephony industry and is one of the great platforms for the presentation of breakthrough innovations for the technology sector.

It has an annual character and is celebrated since 2006 in Barcelona (Spain), which for a few days becomes a global showcase for technology. It was previously held in Cannes (France), where it was celebrated for a decade.

This edition of the international congress is expected to generate an economic impact of 471 million euros and 13,000 new jobs in Barcelona.

If you wish to know more about the Mobile World Congress, please click here

GSMA recommends the use of mobile devices with notified electronic identification (eID) means

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The GSMA, an association that represents the telecommunications industry worldwide, has published a report on the link in a pilot environment of its multi-use identity solution, called Mobile Connect, with the eIDAS Regulation.

It establishes the convenience of using mobile devices together with an electronic identification means (eID) notified at EU level.

The pilot contributes to the development of an strategic action plan to use the assets of mobile operators to accelerate the development of a safe and reliable digital ecosystem. To achieve this goal, the report provides recommendations to EU Member States, mobile operators and private sector service providers.

This pilot  has been supported by the Vice President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, and by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, who have provided guidance on architectural interoperability requirements and other regulatory issues.

In addition, through the CEF Program, the European Commission is making funds available to mobile telephony operators and other private sector organizations to link their services with eIDAS.

For Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, “the association of mobile devices with electronic identification means is key for the EU to be successful in taking advantage of the full potential of the Digital Single Market and to empower in a secure and responsible to citizens and businesses to realize their ambitions in the digital world. ”

Working together to improve Digital Trust

Public as well as private sector organizations have worked together in this pilot project with the final goal of accelerating the uptake of trusted and secure digital authentication in response to the EU Regulation on electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS)and its implementing acts.

If you wish to know more about GSMA and its activities, please click here.


Introduction to the concept of Conformity Assessment Body

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A Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) is a company responsible for carrying out audits or conformity assessments for Trust Service Providers (TSPs).

Each Conformity Assessment Body must carry out audits in accordance with the regulations applicable in the sector. In the case of Trust Conformity Assessment Body (TCAB), we conduct our audits in accordance with the eIDAS Regulation and other relevant standards in the IT security sector such as ETSI, ENISA, CA/B Forum and Spanish local regulations such as SEPBLAC, among others.

The audit process is carried out in the following three phases:

  1. Planning and programming:

The audits are carried out with an Audit Plan, which will be carried out by the audit team each year. In this Plan, the audit data are established (date, duration, scope, points to be audited, audited area, contact persons) and checklists (date, time, points of the standards to be audited, audited area, contact persons) , auditors)

To prepare it, the reports of other audits already carried out will be collected. Once this is done, the Technical Committee will review and approve the audit plan.

  1. Execution:

To initiate the audit, an initial meeting will be held with the client to confirm the scope of the audit, the data collected in the Audit Plan, establish a sequence of the audit and analyze the points that both parties consider necessary. After this step, the audit will begin following the Audit Plan as a work guide. There are two steps at this point:

Documentary review: we will verify the conformity of the system (documents, records) through compliance with the points of the standards / laws of reference.

On-site inspection: verifications of compliance with the established controls will be carried out. A sampling inspection of the objective evidences will be carried out to prove the correct functioning of the technical and organizational processes related to the scope of the audit.

  1. Audit report:

Once the audit is completed, the audit team will write a results report, clearly and definitively identifying the detected non-conformities. In addition, there will be a final meeting in which the audit team will present the report to the client, so that he can review and sign it. In those cases where significant non-conformities are present, a new date will be scheduled for the next audit to verify the elimination of these non-conformities.

It is mandatory to send the CAR (Conformity Assessment Body) to the Supervisory Body, within 3 days after it is received, so that it may decide if it is granted the status of qualified and, consequently, if I can be included in it. the EU Confidence Lists.

In general, the CABs have a character of authority, since it is usually accredited by the National Certification Entities (in the case of Spain, ENAC) in order to be able to provide their services.

Click here to access the list of Conformity Assessment Bodies accredited against the requirements of eIDAS Regulation.

Conference: EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework for Products and Services

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The conference on the preparations for the new “EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework for products and services”, jointly organized by the European Commission and ENISA, will take place on March 1, 2018 in Brussels.

This new Cybersecurity Certification Framework is one of the key elements of the proposed Cybersecurity Act Proposal.

If you wish to register to attend the event, click here.

Event data

Date: March 1, 2018

Place: Crowne Plaza Brussels – Le Palace, Belgium

Digital Day 2018 will take place in Brussels

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Digital Day 2018 will take place in Brussels on 10th April 2018. This one-day event will bring together high-level stakeholders in the fields of digital technology and telecommunication. The event is co-organised by the European Commission and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Digital Day 2018 will aim to reach joint commitments related to the digital future of Europe in order to encourage investment in European digital technologies and infrastructures. A digitally strong EU will contribute to a competitive and socially secure society, better public services and security.

To achieve these goals, Digital Day 2018 will present sessions on the following priorities:

  • EU Artificial Intelligence Initiative
  • 5G connectivity and corridors for connected automated mobility
  • Public blockchain infrastructure

The event will also follow-up on the agreements reached during Digital Day 2017 in Rome. Last year’s event concluded agreements and actions related to High-Performance Computing (HPC), digital transformation of jobs and skills, digitisation of industry, and connected automated mobility.


The European Commission promotes the Digital Single Market

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The European Commission published an article on the state-of-the-art of the Digital Single Market reproduced below:

The Digital Single Market is a strategy of the European Commission to ensure access to online activities for individuals and businesses under conditions of fair competition, consumer and data protection, removing geo-blocking and copyright issues.

A Digital Single Market (DSM) is one in which the free movement of persons, services and capital is ensured and where the individuals and businesses can seamlessly access and exercise online activities under conditions of fair competition, and a high level of consumer and personal data protection, irrespective of their nationality or place of residence.

On 10 May 2017, the Commission published a mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy. It evaluates and presents the progress in implementing the Strategy since 2015 and where further actions are needed.

The European Commission has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of its 10 political priorities. Vice-President Andrus Ansip leads the project team “A Connected Digital Single Market”.

Ongoing Digital Single Market Public consultations help to define the objectives for the implementation.

The Digital Single Market strategy

The Digital Single Market strategy was adopted on the 6 May 2015. It includes 16 specific initiatives which have been delivered by the Commission till January 2017. Legislative proposals are now discussed by the co-legislator, the European Parliament and the Council.

A Digital Single Market creates opportunities for new startups and allow existing companies in a market of over 500 million people. Completing a Digital Single Market can contribute EUR 415 billion per year to Europe’s economy, create jobs and transform our public services.

Also, it offers opportunities for citizens, provided they are equipped with the right digital skills. Enhanced use of digital technologies improve citizens’ access to information and culture and improve their job opportunities. It can promote modern open government.

The Pillars

The Digital Single Market Strategy is built on three pillars:

  1. Access: better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe;
  2. Environment: creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish;
  3. Economy & Society: maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

Digital Single Market’s achievements

The Digital Single Market mid term review factsheet shows the main achievements of the Digital Single Market srategy implementation.

Download the full pdf version of the factsheet in EnglishFrenchGerman.

See the Commission priority on the Digital Single Market.

The mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy

The Digital Single Market strategy has delivered the main legislative proposals set as priority, specifically in the topics of e-commerce, copyrightaudiovisual and media servicestelecoms review, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, affordable parcel delivery, harmonised VAT rules.

In order to ensure a fair, open and secure digital environment, the Commission has identified three main emerging challenges:

  1. to ensure that online platforms can continue to bring benefit to our economy and society,
  2. to develop the European Data Economy to its full potential, and
  3. to protect the Europe’s assets by tackling cybersecurity challenges.

In addition, the review explores a number of important policy areas critical for unlocking the true value of the data economy:

The mid-term review focuses also on the investments needed in digital infrastructures and services, not forgetting the global dimension of the European Digital Single Market.


International Security Forum 2018 (FIC) to be held in Lille shortly

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The tenth edition of the International Security Forum 2018 (FIC) will be held next 23 January to 24 January 2018 in Lille (France).

This event is considered as the leading event on Cybersecurity and Digital Trust in Europe. It aims at promoting a collective European vision of cybersecurity and strengthening fighting against cybercrime.

This year’s topic is “Hyperconnection: the resilience challenge”. We are inmersed in a “hyperconnection” era like never before, people are connected at all times and interact continuously.

In order to communicate, we use networks, which pose resilience challenges. Networks are vulnerable and, therefore, they respond in different ways to the consequences of an attack. Most Governments and IT companies in the world are trying to respond to these threats by developing new security technologies and adopting their behaviors and practices. This set of changes and new practices is now called “Cyber Resilience”.

The International Security Forum 2018 (FIC) will count with the presence of important public personalities such as the French Interior and Defense Ministers, the the Secretary of State for Digital Economy and the European Commissioner for the Security Union.

There will also be numerous speakers with different backgrounds, i.e. engineering and IT companies (Thales, Airbus, Google, among others), Universities (University of Grenoble Alps), Public Sector (Ministry of the Armed Forces of France, European Commission, European Parliament, etc.) and International Think Tanks (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace).

The fair is divided in the following sections:

  • A Trade show to bring together members of the industry and their products and services.
  • A Forum to discuss and debate with experts, to gather ideas and to share professional lessons .
  • An Observatory to continue exchanging views and information after the FIC, to explore topics in greater depth and to consolidate our network of experts and like minded throughout the year.

The event will be held in at the Lille Grand Palais and the opening hours will be:

  • Tuesday, January 23th 2018 – 09:00 to 19:00.
  • Wednesday, January 24th – 09:00 to 18:00.