• According to the cluster, “Cantabria is one of the few regions in Spain that does not have its own entity to take advantage of the economic opportunities associated with this discipline”
  • The incorporation of 10 new associates consolidates Tera as a reference interlocutor in the region in digital matters

Santander, April 13, 2023. The Tera Cluster urges institutions to be more “proactive and efficient” so that Cantabria can take advantage of the economic and job opportunities associated with cybersecurity. In this sense, the Association of Information and Communication Technologies of the region proposes the creation of a Cantabrian center specialized in the matter and linked to the National Institute of Security (INCIBE) as the main way to encourage the development of this discipline in the companies, citizens and the Administration itself.

“Cantabria is one of the few Spanish communities that does not have its own entity attached to INCIBE,” said Roberto García during the ordinary general assembly of the Cluster. For the vice president of the Association, “this situation leaves us at a disadvantage compared to other territories.”


In this sense, Cantabria’s participation in the project “CIBERREG – Promotion of Cybersecurity from the territories” led by Navarra is “encouraging, but insufficient”. “The initiative is directly linked to the promotion of this discipline, but it has not yet permeated either the companies or the Administration,” explains García. “If the real objective is to mobilize the entire regional productive fabric, we need something more.” According to the spokesman for the Cluster, the definition and implementation of a Digital Agenda 2023-2027, in which, among other things, the development of cybersecurity in Cantabria is regulated, would resolve “the situation of digital misgovernance that the region suffers”.

Along with the creation of a center associated with INCIBE, another of Tera’s purposes is to promote the culture of cybersecurity in Cantabria. “Neither the Administration nor the SMEs have worked in depth on this matter, which will be crucial for the digital economic model” García qualifies. According to INCIBE’s “Cybersecurity Balance 2022”, cyber incidents increased by 9% compared to the previous year. More than 100,000 affected citizens and companies. “Currently, there are many entities that act reactively. In other words, they only invest when they suffer some type of problem” indicates the spokesman for the Cluster.

Faced with this circumstance, Tera works so that companies and institutions are aware of the relevance of this area and act accordingly. In this case, awareness and training are essential. Not surprisingly, the Cluster collaborates with the University of Cantabria in the course “University Expert in Cybersecurity: Systems and Networks”.
According to the report “Analysis and Diagnosis of Cybersecurity Talent in Spain” carried out by INCIBE itself, Spain will demand around 40,000 new professionals specialized in cybersecurity during 2024 and, according to García, “Cantabria cannot afford to miss out on this situation”. .



Tera exceeds fifty associates

Cybersecurity was not the only point of interest at the general assembly of the Tera Cluster, held this morning at the Palacio de la Magdalena. In the second item on the agenda, the incorporation of ten new associates was approved. The arrival of Uktena, Ibertek, Trévol Audiovisual, Semarac, LVF, 3D Intelligence, Galton Brandis, Axolot, Índole and Evenbytes brings the number of Cluster members to 54.

Likewise, among the main actions to be carried out in the medium term, the renewal of the training agreement signed with Fundación Telefónica stands out, as well as the conference “Cybersecurity uncovered” that will take place during the month of September in Santander.
In addition, coinciding with the annual meeting of Tera members, the second edition of the “Tera Breakfasts” took place. A space for reflection and debate on technology and its link to different sectors of economic activity. On this occasion, Gema Igual, mayoress of Santander, was in charge of carrying out the institutional opening of an event in which the Santander engineer Javier Cavada gave a presentation on the relationship between energy and ICT.

The president and CEO of the multinational Mitsubishi Power for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, explained that the energy transition in which we are immersed has a technological aspect, an economic one and a third of a social nature.

From a technological point of view, he opted for the development of a hydrogen economy and a carbon dioxide value chain. “Both are pillars that will allow us to ensure that our way of life can continue,” explained Cavada. In addition, in the face of global warming and the massive growth of new sources of electricity production, the global economy has embarked on a process of decarbonizing existing infrastructure.

In addition, he indicated that, as a society, the implementation of an intelligent energy transition and massive digitization become vital aspects, to ensure that change and opportunity reach the entire population of the planet.