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.

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

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.