Lately we have seen many news items talk about Internet security issues, data theft, companies unlocking their systems due to blackmail. All this news has caused increased interest in cybersecurity.

Internet security measures intend to protect against attacks on the network. The most important measures are preventive; they consist in eliminating any potential dangers. For companies, network security is one of the most important issues. Companies cannot afford any failures in their security as putting their customers at risk would mean losing them.

In recent years there has been an increase in large-scale hacking, which has led many entities to take extreme precautions by making significant investments in security. Creating secure software, using appropriate antivirus software or hiring specialized personnel are the major expenditures of companies today.

Cybercriminals often attempt to steal money, information, identities or damage equipment and systems. In addition, an increasing amount of objects is connected (IoT), they all require specific security systems and employees specialized in this type of protection. Cybersecurity needs have also grown due to the connections required by smart cities. Cities are centres of information that require a high level of security, just like any other environment using Internet connections. As a result, the need for internet security professionals is growing among different entities.

A few years ago we were persuaded to launch the Master in Internet Security due to the high demand in this area. It provides its students with the skills that every company expects from a security expert. Such is the need for good professionals in the sector that professional success in this area is assured.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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