Securing both personal and work environments is becoming increasingly important. Through a series of informative lectures, Module 3 of C1b3rWall Academy teaches us about the benefits of keeping our systems protected. José Aurelio García Mateos, is director of the Salamanca Computer Auditors Office. He has been practicing his profession since 1989, and as an auditor and expert in computer forensics and cybersecurity since 2007.

José Aurelio participates in C1b3rWall presenting the conference “True cybersecurity starts with oneself”. The aim of this conference is to raise awareness that, for a work environment to be robust, each of the elements that make it up must also be robust.

The field of cybersecurity covers everything that has to do with digital information, and its objective is to avoid or minimize the impact of any type of cyberattack. Over the years, cyberattacks have increased in number, impact and severity.

Recent attacks on Spanish public institutions demonstrate the scarce and deficient cybersecurity infrastructure. Cybersecurity is not an expense or a matter to be treated lightly, but rather a necessary investment for the entire industrial machinery to function properly and to be able to defend itself against the continuous threats coming from outside and inside.

What is the weakest element?

In the vast majority of cases, the weakest element in a cybersecurity system is ourself The countless phishing attacks registered every day around the world targeting individuals are proof of this. The scams take the form of e-mails, banking Trojans, telephone scams, SMS messages…

Everything gets worse when working on cloud environments, outside the company’s premises and where all the data of the company are stored. Theft in the cloud happens much more often than is generally believed.

No doubt, cybersecurity must begin with each one of us being cautious and knowledgeable. Programs such as C1b3rWall Academy foster knowledge within the society, which sets more barriers for cybercriminals.

At the following link you will find the full article published on News 365. You also have the opportunity to continue learning with each of the Modules by enrolling here.

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.