There are many types of wars. We know the traditional ones, but there are also commercial wars, which from time to time shake up the world economy or affect specific productive sectors. I could go on giving examples, but today I want to focus on the cyber wars that have come into our lives to stay and generate chaos and disorder without mercy.

We are all familiar with the concept of computer virus or hacker, but we are not aware that our computer equipment and infrastructures are subject to continuous attacks and that there is an army of millions of computer scientists/hackers who, anonymously, and remotely in some cases, and even with the protection of their governments, engage in information theft, manipulating society, blocking computer systems, blackmailing, etc.

These hackers are also now using cryptocurrencies to blackmail us with impunity, since these criminals know that the payment of blackmail to a cryptocurrency account, although traceable, does not allow to identify the identity of the recipient of the funds. We need to be prepared for this type of warfare, which will not stop and can put an entire institution and even a country at stake.

In the following article you can read more about this type of attack on public administrations in Spain.

The idea of having a well-trained army of specialists in the field of security who could offer us good protection is no longer an infatuation, it is a necessity and an obligation. C1b3rwall Academy 2021-22 is a great opportunity to learn and keep up to date in the field of cybersecurity and, what’s more, it is free of charge. Congratulations to our National Police for launching this free course with the help of the University of Salamanca

I invite you to participate, the course can be followed asynchronously and will remain open throughout the summer so you can do it at any time.

Register at: https://moocs.noixion.tv/

This article has been published in the newspaper El Mundo in the Innovators section.

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 Unviersidad 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.