Autonomous communities invested 37 million euros in cyber security last year in 226 contracts, which was 16.26% of what was jointly spent by public administrations on the security of their computer systems, and local bodies another 31.95 million, 14%. Invested in 323 contracts.
According to the last fiscal year report just published by the ICT Award portal, the investment in cyber security by the Spanish public administration during the year 2022 through a total of 880 awards was close to 228 million euros. With around 159 million euros in 331 contracts, the General State Administration ranked first, with a total of 69.73%, as the largest investor in the sector last year, both in tender open (94.51 million) and in centralized investment purchases (64.41 million).
The report notes that total investment during 2022 “has been very positive” and that public administrations are “increasingly aware of the need that exists with regard to the security of their systems”.
Combining regional and municipal investments, the communities in which the most investments were made were Andalusia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, totaling 36.11 million euros, i.e. 52.33% of all regional administrations and 15 of all public administrations, 84%.
Andalusia occupies the first place with 19.15 million, 27.75% of the total regional administration, followed by Catalonia, 9.66 million, 14% and the Basque Country with 7.3 million, 10, 58%
By number of awards, these three communities made a total of 283 contracts, 32.16% of the total awards for the year, ahead of Catalonia (116), Andalusia (109) and the Basque Country (58) in first place.
An analysis by the advisory firm Adjudicaciones TIC confirms that “cyber security is an important issue in the Spanish public administration due to the amount of sensitive and confidential information that is handled in these institutions”, because of “personal, financial and strategic concerns of citizens”. Data” and state are stored in the computer system itself and are, therefore, susceptible to being the object of computer attacks”.
“For this reason, there has been a significant increase in the number of cyberattacks against the Spanish public administration in recent years” and “there are still challenges in terms of cyber security” such as “the lack of adequate investment in security technology and the lack in cyber security”. Special Personnel”.