The C1b3rWall Academy 2021 program keeps offering insightful lectures delivered by professionals working with countless technologies, such as cybersecurity, digital transformation and blockchain. Alejandro Becerra, global director of Information Security at Telefónica, focuses on security in internal processes and platforms. He has more than 25 years of experience in communications processes and technologies, frequently participates in national and international events and will participate in Module 3 by delivering a lecture on “Securitization of personal and working environments”.

The objective of this lecture is to learn how the work environment has changed in companies and in all digital activities, as well as how organizations adapt to these changes.

The current situation combines multiple relevant factors: pandemic, increased geopolitical tension, challenges in the supply chain, accelerated digitization with the rise of new technological trends (cloud of everything, artificial intelligence, 5G, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, quantum computing, robotization…). Added to this is a growing awareness of privacy, recurring news about information manipulation, fears about climate change and an increase in cybercrime.

New threats and digital transformation

The threats are not essentially different from those we already know, but they are heightened because of greater reliance on technologies, the evolution on the cloud and the increase in the number of cyber criminals who can attack systems from anywhere in the world. On top of that, cybercrime technologies and tools have become popular and there are criminals with almost unlimited resources for carrying out cyberintrusions, politically or economically motivated.

New-old concepts: ZTX and SASE

New and more coordinated approaches are needed. The remedies are the same, but they need to be used differently. Among these in-depth reviews, concepts such as Zero Trust and SASE (Secure Access Servide Edge) have been revived.

Behind these concepts, which assume that nothing can be trusted a priori (Zero Trust), is an evolution of the risk model. In the past, it was difficult to breach a digital perimeter. Today, there is hardly any such perimeter, or it has moved to the far end, reaching the data and also varying in time and location.

Mechanisms such as Zero Trust and SASE have the opportunity and maturity to serve as the backbone of more robust security.

You can learn more about this interesting topic by reading the full article on News-365 and watching the full presentation on the e4you campus.

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.