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Digital Republic would increase vulnerability to cyber attacks

The INTEC Engineering Area analyzed cybersecurity and high-tech crime issues during a two-day seminar, where students of Systems Engineering presented their research

Digital Republic would increase vulnerability to cyber attacks

SANTO DOMINGO. - The owner of the Specialized Attorney against Crimes and High Technology Crimes, John Henry Reynoso Ramirez, noticed that one of the riesgos of the governmental project Digital RepublicIs that increase la vulnerability of the institutions of State and citizenship cyber attacks; either due to recklessness, ignorance or lack of awareness in the protection measures. 

By participating in the First Cybersecurity Student Seminar organized by the Engineering Area of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), the official stated that the free WIFI points, planned in the project, should be protected according to best practicesLike use of identities, keys and electronic encryption of the data to prevent the population from being victim de criminals specialized in the Information theft of the users. 

However, he highlighted that the Digital Republic, which the Government would implement to promote the adoption of technologies in production and educational processes, will generate more convenience, transparency y agility in the services provided by the State, while will reduce the levels of impunity

"As every action will leave an electronic record, corruption can be faced with greater efficiency," emphasized the deputy attorney, who also considered it necessary to shield the servers and cyber space of the country. 

Reynoso Ramírez applauded INTEC's initiative and called on the other academies to organize similar activities to “begin to create critical thinking and opinion on the issue of cybersecurity and its impact on the República Digital project: identify what is right, promote solutions to This requires improvements, so that this helps the State to promote efficient digital services and institutions that provide services, but with security, ”he said. 

During the Congress, seven students Systems Engineering term presented the same amount of research regarding online shopping; The use of open Wi-Fi networks in places public or Home; the risks of adopting the República Digital project without due prudence; and the practices regarding privacy of personal data by users in social networks and internet search engines.

These studies were supported by research questions that apply methodologies and instruments learned as part of the objectives of the Technology Seminar course taught by engineer Osvaldo Larancuent, who also coordinates the new career in Cybersecurity Engineering. 

At the end of the activity, a debate was organized in which, in addition to the deputy attorney Reynoso Ramírez; the commander of the Department of Investigation of Crimes and High Technology Crimes participated (DICAT) Colonel Lycurgus Yunes; the president of the company Technology Int., Pedro Castillo; and the coordinator of the master's degree en INTEC cybersecurity, engineer Miguel Arias.

High-tech crimes

Colonel Licurgo Yunes, director of the DICAT of the National Police, assured that the country does not escape a series of cyber crimes and identity theft in the social media (phishing) and banking, to extort or execute illicit wire transfers; cloning of bank cards; cracking a emails using computer viruses; and others.   

He indicated that the DICAT is specialized in combating these crimes in collaboration with different public and private institutions that contribute to keeping the incidence of this criminal modality under control with a low rate of unsolved cases. Yunes specified that the training of talent with the skills and knowledge is required to face these crimes.

More professionals and more investment in cybersecurity

Pedro Castillo, president of the company Technology Int., Considered that at the public level y private la investment in human resources training and the adoption of tools for protection is minimal, although it recognizes that since they are often very expensive and requires a lot of continuity. "Cybersecurity touches all spheres of society from the Government, companies, universities and the general population," he warned.

While engineer Miguel Arias, coordinator of INTEC's Master's Degree in Cybersecurity, regretted that there is a lack of professionals in the area in the region. "The challenges of cybersecurity are increasing, we are in a world where they can generate attacks, crack my personal data, or hack my house; accessing security cameras, computers and other electronic devices that I have connected to the Internet ”, he indicated. 

He observed that the master's degree that he coordinates focuses on training valuable specialists in computer security or cybersecurity, with the knowledge required to protect companies, collaborate with police and judicial investigation agencies; supplying the capacities and skills required locally, regionally or globally.  


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