During this year’s XVII STIC CCN-CERT Cybersecurity Conference, the largest in Spain, CounterCraft’s CTO and co-founder David Barroso was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cybersecurity by Spain’s Defense Minister Margarita Robles.

The conference, put on by the CCN-CERT National Cryptology Center, attracted over 6,600 in-person attendees and 7,000 online connections from 37 countries and 2,030 organizations. Representatives from the Spanish and Ibero-American public sectors, the European Commission, strategic companies, essential services, cybersecurity specialists, and academia participated. With more than 220 internationally acclaimed speakers across seven simultaneous sessions, the event covered diverse perspectives in cybersecurity.

“This is a huge honor,” said David Barroso, CTO and co-founder of CounterCraft. “I’ve worked with the Centro Criptológico Nacional, CCN, at the Centro Nacional de Inteligencia for the last 20 years, and they have been key players in the Spanish cybersecurity world since the beginning.”

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is a recognition for David’s contributions to the world of cybersecurity both within Spain and globally. Both before and after founding CounterCraft in 2015, his innovative spirit and technological advancements have made the digital world a safer place. Minister Robles also emphasized the significance of the National Cryptologic Center’s conferences in showcasing Spain’s international collaboration and leadership in cybersecurity. 

Held from November 28 to 30, the event, themed “Share to Win,” was organized by the National Cryptologic Center (CCN), the National Intelligence Center (CNI), and the Joint Cyber Command. It marked record-breaking participation in registrations, speakers, and industry representation. It brought together over 13,000 experts from 37 countries, setting a milestone in international collaboration.

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