Cybersecurity: a problem for the state

Cybersecurity is a pending task for many companies and institutions in Spain, as evidenced by the health crisis, during which our lifestyle changed, resulting in a significant increase in our online interactions. This has led to a rise in small and large-scale cyber-attacks.

According to a report by a cloud security company, Datos101, there are around 40,000 cyberattacks per day in Spain. Cybercriminals identify the vulnerabilities of companies and use them to attack, blackmail and demand financial ransom for their data. As contradictory as it may seem, government administrations are becoming an easy prey for this type of crime, as we have seen months ago when the Public Employment Service (SEPE) was attacked and its data was blocked by a RYUK ransomware.

Importance of cybersecurity training

One of the major shortcomings of companies is the lack of awareness and staff training in IT security. That is why initiatives such as those organized by the National Police through the C1b3rwall Academy training program, provide a platform for experts to discuss important topics, such as cybersecurity and recommendations to protect against cyberattacks, as well as the application of other technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence or the Internet of Things.

You can learn more about the C1b3rwall Academy training program at the following link:

For now, module 0, an introductory module with more than 50 presentations and specialists from different fields, is currently underway. The training is proving to be a great success, with more than 20,000 registered participants from both Spain and Latin America, who will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of this subject with another 15 modules that will start next September.

This initiative has been a challenge for our Research Group BISITE, as we are participating in its organization together with the University of Salamanca and the National Police. The response from the attendees has been gratifying and we hope to continue in this direction in order to contribute to the training of society in computer security.

Juan Manuel Corchado

Full Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain.


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