It was with these words that General Miguel Ángel Ballesteros Martín, Director of the National Security Department (DSN) of the Cabinet Office of Spain spoke about Isdefe at the opening of the 7th Security and Cyberdefence Workshop (CIBERSEG 2020).
The Polytechnic School of the University of Alcalá is hosting this workshop that, on 22 and 23 January, is dealing with key topics like cyberintelligence, ransomware attacks and other computer threats.
This gathering is organised by the Networks and Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Alcalá, the Isdefe Chair for Research in Cybersecurity, ICT and Digital Transformation, the University Master’s in Cybersecurity and the student associations of the Advanced Polytechnic School at the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). Its goal is to promote and discuss topics involving security and cyberdefence in university settings.
In his opening presentation General Miguel Ángel Ballesteros Martín mentioned the need for “many good cybersecurity professionals in Spain and Europe, since cyberattacks are at a level now that they are even being used by powers, by countries, by governments, which take advantage of the problems in pinpointing the source of the attack and the even greater difficulty in determining its consequences”.
The second day of the workshop was devoted to seminars, including one on password cracking that was organized by the Isdefe Chair and presented by Javier Junquera Sánchez and Kevin Van Liebergen, and which discussed various techniques for stealing passwords protected with different security measures, from encoded to protected, with modern, secure hashing techniques.
Isdefe also has a stand where personnel from the Human Resources Department explain to students the activities and characteristics of Isdefe in an effort to recruit talent.
In 2016, Isdefe launched its Innovation Horizons Network in order to analyse those challenges that could have an impact on the future needs of the administration that are covered by Isdefe.
This Horizons Network engages in prospecting, monitoring and talent development tasks in sectors and areas of technology that lie at the heart of Isdefe’s innovative efforts.
The strategic areas encompassed by the Horizons Network are defence and security, cybersecurity, air traffic, space and systems engineering, economy and public sector management.
The 2015 framework agreement between Isdefe and the University of Alcalá has been defining innovation activities that end up being developed by the Isdefe Chair for Research in Cybersecurity, ICT and Digital Transformation and the UAH.