INCIBE presents a catalog and a map of knowledge of cybersecurity research


The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE), a body under the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, collaborates with the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in the organization of the III National Cybersecurity Research Conference (JNIC), from today until June 2 in Madrid.

This scientific conference is consolidated as a point of reference where the different actors working in the field of cybersecurity research (mainly universities, technological and research centers, but also companies and public administration) can exchange knowledge and experiences in this field.

At the opening ceremony, INCIBE has presented a new initiative to characterize research and innovation in cybersecurity in Spain. This is the publication of a Catalog and Knowledge Map of cybersecurity research, which has been developed together with the national research ecosystem in the field of cybersecurity and that allows identifying the main researchers, as well as the results of their research activity.

Through descriptive data sheets, the document includes a list of research, development and innovation centers in Spain (both public and private), including their characteristics, background, current and emerging research lines as well as the results of their research activity.

This catalog is a tool whose main objective is to promote the transference of knowledge and communication between science and industry, strengthening cooperation in the Cybersecurity Sector. INCIBE carries out numerous initiatives to support research and innovation in cybersecurity, such as grants for advanced cybersecurity research teams excellence among many others.

The main beneficiaries of this initiative are not only the agents of this research ecosystem, but also the cybersecurity industry as well as the end users demanding cybersecurity solutions to address current and future threats and challenges.

The methodology used to elaborate this catalog includes the analysis of documentary sources, an exhaustive survey to those in charge of the research centers, and a final processing to complete and contrast the information compiled.

As a brief summary, 1,302 researchers have been identified, distributed in the 104 research teams distributed throughout the country, and almost all researchers are telecommunication engineers or computer engineers. In addition, research is classified into 11 main research areas and the agents, which are distributed in 9 technology centers, 94 universities and 1 research center, are distributed as follows: 64% covering the area of reliable and updatable systems, 50% develop activity related to Privacy and 46% of agents, work on data processing.

The catalog is available at /incibe/characterization-r-d-cybersecurity/research-catalog