STATEMENT: Current challenges and threats in Information Security according to Asseco Spain

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STATEMENT: Current challenges and threats in Information Security according to Asseco Spain

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Ransomware is one of the most frequent attacks that can put the business or activity of organizations at risk. Faced with security risks, it is necessary to have adequate security measures to prevent any type of vulnerability that may be generated in the environment and systems.

Currently, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are experiencing exponential growth and that causes the exhibition area to increase and, consequently, large amounts of information circulate in digital media on a daily basis without any type of control. I doubt that this evolution has been favorable and that it has led to a technological development that has made life easier in many ways and areas, from personal, academic or work. Now more than ever there are endless digital resources within reach, which is at the same time marking the development of the new generations. Beyond technological evolution and all the information available and within the reach of anyone who has , there are great challenges for its proper and responsible use. Asseco Spain, multinational IT business solutions specialized in cybersecurity as one of its main areas of work within its core business, reflects on these challenges/threats and how they can be faced within the framework of the International Information Security Day, which will be held on November 30: • Ransomware – This is one of the most frequent attacks and can put entire businesses and organizations at risk, so the threat in relation to the vulnerability of other users' data is quite high. A ransomware encrypts any type of information on any device connected to a network, including IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Therefore, it is a malware that can easily have a very large impact. • Phishing – This is an increasingly popular and widespread social engineering technique among cyber attackers. You must be alert not to "bite" in this type of cyber attack and thus avoid the impact. Care must be taken with what information is shared and how it is shared.• DDoS - Distributed Denial of Service attacks occur when a website is flooded with an avalanche of traffic, in a short period of time, causing it to crash. In most cases these attacks come from external actors, however, at the school level a curious fact has been observed: there is an increase in DDoS attacks from students who buy them as an online service to skip a class or exam.• Malware infection: it should never be on the lists of main cyberattacks. You can suffer a malicious software infection through browsing fraudulent pages, biting phishing,... you must verify the security of the pages you browse, scan removable devices (USB, external disks...),... How can you fight these threats? Faced with these risks, it is necessary to have a set of security measures that mitigate these risks, starting with the training and awareness of people to avoid or reduce exposure to surrounding vulnerabilities. How can digital privacy risks be prevented? ? According to Carlos García Gallardo, Chief Information Security Officer at Asseco Spain, "at the business or institutional level, it will be necessary to ensure that information is protected, which is the main asset of companies, organizations and the people themselves. In this way, we will ensure continuity of the activity of organizations and the digital identity of people". In addition, he adds, "in order to carry it out, it will be necessary to take into account measures as basic as having updated operating systems, having a good antivirus, making backup copies, encrypting information, using VPNs, etc." Companies have a constant challenge and fundamental role in raising awareness among its employees so that they know how to follow the company's security policies and that internal tools are used properly.

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