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.


Video Onboarding is fully operative in the Banking Sector in Spain

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On January 4th 2018, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo published in its “Innovadores” section an interesting article about the recent adoption of the customers Video Onboarding system in the banking sector in Spain.

The non-presential videoconference identification system was authorized by the SEPBLAC (Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Infractions) last May 2017.

This fact marked a turning point in the banking sector in Spain, since previously the operation had to be confirmed with a telephone call or with the signature of different documentation, which caused that approximately 40% of the clients would not finish the registration process.

Spain has been slow in adopting a remote identification system that has already been working for some time in other European countries (such as Italy or France) and which technology is already fully developed.

Mostly, financial entities have made the effort to manage the approval of a regulation that would permit them adopt the video-identification, since it is a highly regulated sector that does not allow the adoption of new procedures without previous approval.

The future of the banking sector with video Onboarding

Certainly, the approval of SEPBLAC Regulation has meant a real revolution in the Spanish banking sector.

From now on, financial institutions will live an adaptation period to the new technology,which will mainly benefit customers in the financial institutions. These will no longer have to complete their bank accounts opening via telephone or sending by post the required documents to the bank.

The technology used in the remote identification process is divided in two procedures. On the one hand, banks have a facial recognition platform to compare our face with the ID in front of the camera. They must also have an OCR tool that reads all the data of the same ID.


Video Onboarding process

José Antonio Mañas receives the Prize for a Professional Career

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José Antonio Mañas, a member of TCAB Certification Committee, has received the Award for a Professional Career. The Vice-President of the Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, awarded this prize during the XI CCN-Cert Conference.

Our fellow worker has been a Systems Engineering Professor  at the Technical School of Telecommunications Engineers of Madrid (ETSIT) for over 35 years.

He has also worked as a consultant in different projects. Two fundamental milestones are the creation of the version 2 of the Magerit methodology for Risk Analysis and Management of Information System. He also collaborated in the development of the PILAR/EAR risk management tools in collaboration with the National Cryptological Center-CCN.

José Antonio also has a broad professional experience in the research field. He has written several books on the Telecommunications and Cybersecurity fields. Among others, he has written “Vademecum Java”, “Seguridad de las Tecnologías de la Información” and “Seguridad de las Tecnologías de la Información”.



About the XI STIC CCN-Cert Conference

XI STIC CCN-Cert Conference took place in Madrid in December 13th and 14th, 2017.  The National Cryptological Center organizes it and is is a major meeting point for experts in cybersecurity in the country, Public Administrations and strategic companies in the field.

Its main topic in this edition was “Cyber threats, the challenge of sharing“. The main figures have steadily grown in the last years. In this edition there were over 1,700 attendees and more than 700 companies from various fields. 55 professionals from the cybersecurity field presented their products and ideas, among 150 proposals.

The Conference also had 30 sponsors, among which, IBM, Minsait-Indra, Eulen Security, Nextway, Kaspersky, Telefónica and Isdefe; and also 13 collaborating entities, such as AMETIC, the Center for Industrial Cybersecurity (CCI), ISACA and ISMS Forum Spain.

First private sector eID scheme pre-notified by Italy under eIDAS

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On December 7th 2017, Italy took an important step by pre-notifying SPID (Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell’Identità Digitale), its private sector led electronic identification (eID) scheme, to the European Commission. The pre-notification of SPID covers 8 eID service providers, including 3 providers that issue eID means up to level of assurance “high”.

This fact is a noteworthy event in a process that will enable Italian citizens and business to use their SPID credentials to access public services in other Member States.

Italy is the second Member State to pre-notify its national eID scheme, following Germany’s notification which was completed last September.

This notification is significant, because it is the first national eID scheme to be notified under the eIDAS regulation that is led by the private sector.

Next steps

Following the Italian pre-notification, the other Member States participating in the Cooperation Network will be able to peer-review SPID, if they wish so, and the actual notification of the eID scheme will then follow. After publication of the notification by the European Commission, other Member States have to recognise SPID eIDs at the latest 12 months after the publication.


eIDAS regulation aims to provide a predictable regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities along the EU. The regulation ensures that people and businesses can use their own eID to access public services in other EU countries where eIDs are available.

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