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

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group

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