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.