The Government boasted of cybersecurity fifteen days before admitting espionage to Sánchez and Robles

“Spain is at the forefront of Europe and internationally in everything that concerns cybersecurity”, he assured.


The Government boasted of cybersecurity just fifteen days before recognizing that the phones of President Pedro Sánchez and the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, had been infected by the ‘Pegasus’ program in May 2021.

“Spain is at the European and international forefront in everything that concerns cybersecurity, both in regulatory, technological and institutional terms,” ​​assured the Executive in a parliamentary response to the PP deputies Pablo Hispán and Valentina Martínez Ferro.

In that letter, dated April 22 and collected by Europa Press, the Government boasted of having “an extensive national network of Rapid Response Centers for Cyber ​​Incidents (CERT) and with three instances of coordination of response to incidents that affect to the private sector (INCIBE), to the Public Administration (National Cryptologic Center-CCN) and to the defense (Joint Command of

And furthermore, it continued, it has “a National Cybersecurity Strategy and a National Cybersecurity Plan, which include
systematically measures, actions, mechanisms and protocols for the protection of cyberspace, critical infrastructure and telecommunications and information systems, public and private”.


“Our country is in a position to anticipate and prevent cyberattacks, and to mitigate their effects, recover the affected functions and respond appropriately in the event that they occur,” he said.

And in another response on the same date to questions from Vox deputies, the Government insisted that “Spanish public institutions have response mechanisms against possible cyberattacks, since they have numerous tools that are already in place.”

From the moment an incident is detected, he explained, “the containment actions are immediately launched, in accordance with the provisions of the National Security Scheme, followed by those of detection, mitigation, recovery and prevention.

“In these actions, the General Secretariat of Digital Administration (SGAD) and the Information Security Incident Response Team of the National Cryptologic Center (CCN-CERT), the Center’s response capacity to security incidents, collaborate with the affected body. National Cryptologic, provided for in the aforementioned National Security Scheme,” he stressed.

It also indicated that the Council of Ministers agreed to launch a package of cybersecurity actions with the aim of immediately reinforcing defense capabilities against cyberthreats on the public sector and on the entities that supply technologies and services to the public sector. same. “These actions will effectively strengthen the capacity for prevention, detection, protection and defense against the materialization of cyber threats,” he added.

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