ASIMELEC warns that the life of companies depends on their computer security.
In the global economy, “if Internet fails, companies fail,” states Adrián Moure, President of the multi-sector association’s Security Committee.
This morning, the Security Committee President at the Spanish Multi-Sector Association of Electronics and Communications Companies (ASIMELEC), Adrián Moure, defended the “critical role” of Internet security in today’s global economy during the opening of the Session Online Security and Trust, held in Oviedo and organised by ASIMELEC with the collaboration of the CTIC Foundation.
“Users of the digital economy are demanding new laws and an appropriate management to protect the technological environment,” stated Moure.
He added that attacks to the western world of the magnitude of 9/11 have led to a proliferation of “paranoid users,” a consequence of the “reliance on computer systems” in a global environment of risk and vulnerability. “We live from and for the Internet; companies are increasingly reliant on the Internet and, if it fails, the company fails,” warned Moure, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Development at Safelayer Secure Communications, the company that has supported the electronic ID Card.
Are companies practising online security? The answer from the ASIMELEC representative is that “many fail to use ICTs properly”. He cited the example of certain companies with 250 to 500 employees that lack an uninterrupted power supply, that is, “an appropriate security plan”. These and other ‘imprudent acts’ are revealed in the report published by ASIMELEC in this area.
The Vice-Minister of Budgets and Public Administration, Luis Iturrioz, who accompanied Adrián Moure during the opening of the session, emphasised the regional Government’s commitment to assist “Asturian companies in becoming more competitive”. “That is our objective,” he continued, in line with Lisbon Strategy directives.
The Vice-Minister reminded those present that there are 70,000 companies in Asturias, 66,000 of which are SMEs. Moreover, the working population has risen by 100,000 people to 400,000. There are two “recipes” for the region to continue to grow: innovation and an “intensive” use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), continued Iturrioz. To do so, “online security and trust are required,” he added, underlining the importance of the session held in Oviedo.
Luis Iturrioz went over the region's progress in the use of ICTs and stated that, according to the latest data from the Spanish Statistical Institute (INE), 50% of the population in Asturias regularly uses the Internet, which is above the Spanish average and “much higher (eight to ten points) when referring to children”. Practically all companies have a computer—99.1%, which is also higher than the average—and 94.9% have Internet connection and e-mail, four points higher than the Spanish average. Furthermore, 64% of companies in Asturias use the Internet to interact and half have their own website.
This trend “will continue to grow” and “the effort to introduce ICTs into businesses is backed by the regional Government,” ensured the Vice-Minister. He also reminded those present that "we are going to advance electronic invoicing for suppliers of the Principality of Asturias, the largest company in Asturias with 32,000 employees, to become a driving force in the sphere of ICTs and continue to enhance business competitiveness.”
Moure certified the will of the Government of the Principality of Asturias to promote ICTs. He confirmed that the Asturian Administration “is highly aware of companies’ dynamic role” in developing the Information Society in the autonomous community and that “it is not afraid to enforce the use of ICTs, which is very important."
Meanwhile, the director general at HELAS, José Helguero, tackled the ins and outs of the Information Society and Electronic Commerce Services Law and Organic Law on Data Protection (LOPD), underlining the importance of “forming and informing” employees as to the “duties” required by the LOPD.
Alongside Helguero, other leading figures in Internet Security took part in the session, which also attracted Asturian professionals from a variety of companies and entities. This was the second seminar organised in Asturias by ASIMELEC, with the collaboration of the CTIC Foundation in the framework of AsturSEC, Security and Business Opportunities.
The ASIMELEC Security Committee was established in February 2002 with the aim of building users’ awareness of secure Internet use, and today it comprises 44 companies including Spain’s leading Internet Security firms.
About CTIC Foundation
The CTIC Foundation (Centre for Information and Communication Technologies) is a private, non-profit organisation with a social aim to contribute to technological development. It is made up of a group of companies devoted to Information and Communication Technologies and the Government of the Principality of Asturias.
Its main purpose is to encourage and promote activities related to ICT development in all economic and social areas that may contribute to the development and improvement of society. To do so, its functions include carrying out dissemination, demonstration, advisory, research, specialised training, technological transfer and project management and development tasks.
ASIMELEC, the Spanish Multi-Sector Association of Electronics and Communications Companies, was set up in 1984 as an association of importers of electronic products. ASIMELEC has evolved to encompass the electronics and communications market, becoming the only association in the electronics sector comprising manufacturers, marketers, distributors and, in the case of the Telecommunications sector, installers. Its purpose is to promote and support the development of electronics and communications companies in Spain by defending its members and the sector’s progress. ASIMELEC represents over 2,000 companies that directly employ 300,000 people, with revenues that account for almost 3% of Spain’s GDP.
Safelayer Secure Communications S.A. is a Spanish company that was founded in May 1999 and is devoted to manufacturing security software solutions for managing digital identity, electronic signature and data protection. The company has developed all of its technology in Spain and is currently Spanish market leader in security. Today, Safelayer technology sustains the three major certification and digital identification projects in Spain: the Spanish Royal Mint, or FNMT, the Digital ID (DNI Electrónico) and the Digital Passport. Similarly, Safelayer technology ensures the NATO e-mail system.
Safelayer technology, based on open standards, is characterised by its strength, simplicity and flexibility and it is endorsed by the Common Criteria EAL2 and EAL4+ maximum quality certifications.