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.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.