The Spanish delegation of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a public-private partnership created in 1985 in the United States, under the supervision of the US State Department, has appointed a new Board of Directors in Spain.
The presidency of the Board is shared by a representative of the Embassy of the United States and a representative of the private sector, and twelve delegates elected from among its members. All of them are experts or regional leaders in their areas and with a deep knowledge on security matters, including cybersecurity, information security and terrorism.
As explained to The Diplomat Fernando Matus, Security Attaché of the United States Embassy, special agent in charge of the Diplomatic Security Agency and one of the presidents of OSAC delegation in our country, “OSAC in Spain has gone from having 50 members in 2016 to the current figure of 145 members thanks to the opportunity provided by OSAC to access a wide national and international network, with which to obtain and share information and updated best practices in real time, in an increasingly complex and changing environment”.
Cybersecurity and data protection
During the last year, OSAC in Spain has covered a wide range of security-related topics, including the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in 2017, trends and perspectives on terrorism for Spain and Europe, and the growing challenges in terms of cybersecurity and data protection.
“One of the biggest concerns that haunt the different companies and organizations at this moment is Cybersecurity and Information Security. That is why we invite this year FBI Legal Attaché and expert in cybercrime and cybersecurity issues to meet with our members and talk about the current environment, the new challenges and the approach that FBI is giving to the fight against this growing threat”, said Héctor Sánchez Montenegro, National Technology Officer at Microsoft, and co-president of OSAC in Spain together with Fernando Matus.
The OSAC delegation in Spain has, among its members companies, institutions and organizations from strategic sectors which represented not only American companies, such as Lockheed Martin, IBM, Dow Chemical, Citibank, General Dynamics, Marriot, Microsoft, 3M, Ford or Delta, but also Spanish companies with a presence in the United States, such as Grupo Santander, Prosegur or Securitas, among others.