Izertis appoints Joaquín Castellón to head up its Defence and Cybersecurity area

The multinational technology company Izertis has incorporated Joaquín Castellón as head of cybersecurity, unifying the operational lines of the company itself and Sidertia by Izertis, a company integrated a few months ago that is recognised as one of Spain's leading specialists in cybersecurity, and which has collaborated with the main state security agencies

Under Castellón's leadership, a new area focused on defence will be created as a strategic line for participation in short-term projects, focusing on national, European Union and NATO projects. "Cybersecurity is one of the major operational and business blocks in which Izertis wants to grow exponentially in the coming years, as it has demonstrated in recent years with the increase in its market share and its internationalisation. This incorporation confirms our firm commitment to this speciality," explained Pablo Martín, president and CEO of Izertis.

Among the challenges of the new director will be to contribute to the National Defence sector, through dual technologies in which Izertis is a benchmark firm, with specialities including Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, in addition to its internationalisation. 

In the field of cybersecurity, its objective is to maintain the high level of qualification of the current services, to expand the portfolio of services and the diversification of customers, as well as to achieve greater international projection.  

Joaquín Castellón is considered to be one of the fathers of the "National Cybersecurity Plan" 

Joaquín Castellón is known for having been part of the National Security Department of the Presidency of the Government of Spain from the time of its creation, where he held the post of Operational Director. His last position before joining Izertis was at Navantia, where he held the position of Chief Cybersecurity Officer (CSO).

About Joaquín Castellón

His experience also includes coordinating the Technical Commission that drafted the 2013 National Security Strategy and the work on the National Cybersecurity Strategy, the National Maritime Security Strategy and the National Energy Security Strategy.

He has also been a member of the National Cybersecurity Council and the National Maritime Security Council. He coordinated the Technical Commission responsible for drafting the National Security Law enacted in 2015.

He is considered to be one of the fathers of the "National Cybersecurity Plan" and subsequent action plans, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). In addition, he has been part of the working group responsible for the national transposition of the NIS Directive. Since the beginning of 2017, he has been coordinating the work of the National Security Strategy 2017.

He is an Officer of the General Corps of the Navy (Captain) and has held numerous posts on board units of the Fleet, the General Staff of the Navy, the Ministry of Defence and the Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies.

With this move, Izertis continues to strengthen its growth in line with the route set out in its 2027 plan, which aims to reach 250 million in revenues with a normalised ebitda of 33 million.