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20/03/24
CPXG, PuntoGal and the Global Cyber Alliance’s webinar on cybersecurity highlights aspects that are rarely addressed by the media

A Coruña, March 20, 2024 | The Professional Association of Journalists of Galicia, PuntoGal and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) organized this morning, with the support of the Official Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Galicia and the Galician Cybersecurity Node, the webinar “Cara a new way to talk about cybersecurity: names, numbers and routes”, presented by Valeria Pereiras, from the Governing Board of the CPXG, with Carlos Seisdedos, Pablo López-Aguilar and Alejandro Fernández-Cernuda.

Cybersecurity news coverage has increased in recent years with a very high social impact. The press has been able to keep up, but there is still more talk of incidents and problems than of solutions. The aim of this seminar was to provide reporters with tools to talk about new types of crimes that have technological roots, which are changing in nature every day and are very complicated to understand and explain to the reading public.

Carlos Seisdedos congratulated the media, which are increasingly moving away from sensationalism, and explained that, being all interconnected, we can all be victims of an attack. He then detailed the Alcasec case, demystifying the romanticism that many gave to the story and the motivations of its protagonist. He stressed the importance of media pedagogy when renaming hackers as cyber criminals, for example.

Pablo Lopez-Aguilar then pointed out that most incidents involve human error, highlighting the social engineering ingredient of most crimes. The other focus is infrastructure, which should perhaps protect end users more. He detailed attacks by names (domains), numbers (IP paths) or routes (the paths on which information travels), following the concepts included in a Glossary developed by PuntoGal to help professionals better cover cybersecurity aspects.

Alejandro Fernández presented the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), which entered Galicia hand in hand with PuntoGal, Amtega and the Cybersecurity Node, and its main projects around names (Domain Trust), numbers (AIDE) and routes (MANRS), as well as its full commitment to the collective effort together with the main players in the ecosystem at a global level.

After the speakers’ interventions, there was a round of questions and comments that extended beyond the scheduled time.

The materials generated for the seminar, including the recording of the seminar, will be available to members on the CPXG intranet.

About PuntoGal
PuntoGal is the managing entity of the Galician domain since 2014. Established in 2006, it develops its work in three main areas: domain management, representation of Galicia in the network management bodies at international level and corporate actions to support initiatives in the field of technology, network, language and culture. As of today there are more than 7,000 registered .gal domains. For more information: dominio.gal.

About AETG-COETG
The Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Galicia was constituted with the social purpose of ensuring the prestige of telecommunications engineers, promote and strengthen the ties of union and fellowship among them, contribute to the development and progress of the autonomous community of Galicia through the dissemination and promotion of telecommunications, assist its members in the development of their professional activity and their integration into the work and the organization and attendance at national and international congresses.

About the Global Cyber Alliance
The Global Cyber Alliance is an international, cross-sector initiative dedicated to the mission of reducing cyber risk and improving the interconnected world we live in. To that end, we unite communities around the world under our mission, implement concrete solutions and measure results. GCA, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) company in the United States and as a non-profit organization in the United Kingdom and Belgium, was founded in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Safety. For more information: globalcyberalliance.org.

About the College of Journalists
The Professional Association of Journalists of Galicia (CPXG) is a public law entity created by Law 2/1999 of the Parliament of Galicia which has more than 1,100 members distributed among the seven districts with which it counts. One of its main objectives is to improve the conditions in which journalists carry out their work, the professional defense of its members and the guarantee of independence and freedom of information for the benefit of Galician society. For more information: periodistas.gal

About ciber.gal
The Galician Cybersecurity Node CIBER.gal is a public-private collaboration space formed by Amtega, CCN, INCIBE, the four Galician Provincial Councils and FEGAMP. In addition to its founding members, it has about 50 public and private entities adhered to it. Thanks to the coordination and availability of the resources of its founders and collaborators, CIBER.gal works to design and execute initiatives for three essential groups: citizens, the business community and the public administration. All of them aim to improve the level of cybersecurity in the Galician digital environment, raise awareness, train and educate on the importance of cybersecurity at all levels and promote the Galician industry in this field. For more information: ciber.gal

 

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