You may think that we are focusing too much on the subject of phishing, however we feel you must be aware of how common phishing attacks have become, especially as Black Friday and Christmas campaigns are approaching.

“But don’t touch it! Why do you touch it?” is the keynote lecture by Victor Flores Sanchez, who has been working in the ICT sector for 20 years and has dedicated his work exclusively to cybersecurity in the last 10 years. He is currently the Red Team Leader of Viewnext (IBM group). His goal is to raise awareness of existing security risks and how to protect and/or avoid them.

He loves everything that is related to cybersecurity, especially topics such as attacks, Cloud and DevSecOps, and shares this passion for cybersecurity at congresses and courses such as C1b3rWall Academy or by collaborating in the Master in Cybersecurity at the University of Salamanca.

But don’t touch it! Why do you touch it?

According to Víctor, “at some point we have all clicked too quickly on an email, a link, a file…”. Some people will realize that “there is something strange” in some of these clicks, others will not realize it and will continue with the process and the attacker will most probably already have his “prize”, which could be personal or bank data, injecting code, etc.

In his lecture, Victor will show examples of real cases of emails that appear to be legitimate, to come from an official service/company, but are really prepared by an attacker to deceive their victims and try to get money, data, etc. There are many tips to keep in mind, but the key rule is to use common sense and, before clicking on any link or file, check whether it is “good” or not.

You can read the full article on News-365.

If you would like to learn about this issue and other topics related to real phishing cases and how to identify them and protect ourselves against them, do not miss the opportunity to enrol in C1b3rWall Academy 2021 for free.

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.