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Revolution 4.0: Interconnectivity And Cybersecurity, The Main Challenges Of Spanish Ports

Revolution 4.0: Interconnectivity and cybersecurity, the main challenges of Spanish ports

Revolution 4.0: Interconnectivity And Cybersecurity, The Main Challenges Of Spanish PortsSource: Valenciaport

Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia – October 18, 2019

The process of digitization and the need to adapt to the digital revolution currently presents important challenges for Spanish ports. The improvement of competitiveness, the need to increase sustainability and invest in the digitalization of systems through the application of the intensive use of technology, are some of the challenges that make up the current landscape and in which we work to reach the required levels in interconnectivity and efficiency.

“Port communities must go from being decentralized network structures to distributed network structures, which entails the management of millions of operations of data records, transactions, etc. in which maximum security must be guaranteed ”, explains Xavier Mulet, head of Electronic Administration and Documentary Management of APV.

It is the strategy that explains why Valenciaport has developed actions oriented not only to adapt to current regulations but also aimed at “taking a qualitative leap in improving efficiency in the provision of electronic services and facilitating a new step in its digital transformation” . In this way, initiatives have been developed, among which the definition and implementation of an Adaptation Program with nine projects, of which five of them have already been completed, and four are ongoing and pending completion in 2021.

The challenge of moving from being a “connected” to a “hyperconnected” port; and from Valenciaport work is being done to develop improvements that allow increasing efficiency in logistics processes.

Víctor Giner, head of Information Technology of APV understands that “some of the projects that we are addressing and that are going to help us move forward on this path are digitalization, the new data management strategy, the project for defining a new system integration strategy, the implantation of the paperless office or the electronic administration among others ”. Initiatives that are developed under the transversal cybersecurity strategy: “Regardless of the sector, the digital revolution will reach us all and that is why communication and the application of the relevant security measures is vital”.

How to adapt the process of digital transformation in the ports, as well as how to address the need for a Digital Transformation Plan of the ports, are concerns shared by those responsible for the computer departments of the twenty Spanish ports have met this week at the Valenciaport Clock Building. All of them have participated in the conference “Smarter and cybersecurity ports”, organized by the Port Authority of Valencia (APV).

ICT and Cybersecurity Conference

The forum “Smarter and cybersecure ports”, developed this week in Valencia has been aimed at those responsible for the IT departments of the Spanish port authorities. The conference has had a complete program of round tables, presentations and debates from which the challenges arising from the digital revolution have been addressed, including cybersecurity and the incorporation of ICTs internally and externally in the port environment. Among its objectives it has also been to share experiences and propose solutions to situations faced by the cybersecurity and information technology departments in this environment.

The conference closed with a panel discussion on the main challenges of the current cybersecurity scenario in which José Zapata, responsible for security and information of the APV participated; as well as David García, representing Aruba; Óscar Atienza, representing Nunsys; and Jacinto Llamas, by Puertos del Estado.

Sorce: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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