During the two-day event, leaders, strategists, professionals, and researchers gathered at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana to hear from representatives from the banking sector, government, military forces, and the best universities in the world.
On Wednesday, February 23, there were several speakers, including the Director of the Administrative Department of the Presidency of the Republic.
- Engineer Victor Manuel Muñoz Rodriguez shared the statistics that revealed the cyber threats that daily affect the country’s institutions.
- Dr. Manuel Rubio, a professor at INTA of Spain, spoke about Fake News and the destabilization of electoral processes.
- Danny Citrinowicz described how cybercrimes played a role in the Iran-Israel Conflict affecting critical infrastructures.
On Thursday, February 24, the Cyber Challenge was the highlight as 12 teams of cybersecurity specialists competed to solve a simulated cyber-attack on the CYWARIA platform.
- This immersive exercise presented a fictitious scenario based on real-life events. In this scenario, Colombia’s main cities had been plunged into darkness for almost 48 hours after hackers penetrated several power plants. Colombia attributed this attack to a powerful critical infrastructure multinational whose purpose was to remove the Colombian State’s autonomy over its energy resources.
- The 12 teams had to infiltrate the computer systems that initiated the attack and neutralize the plan.
- After 5 hours of competition, the ‘Air Force Team came out on top, demonstrating a level of military strategy and knowledge in cybersecurity that led them to victory.
The findings of this event showed that cybersecurity is still one of the most dynamic and ever-changing fields that constantly presents new challenges. With threats to an organization’s systems and operations modified and updated daily, they become more complex and difficult to stop.
Cyberpro Javeriana is proud to have hosted this inaugral event, but it is important that it isn’t the last. We are dedicated to protecting the global and digital world and events that promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences between institutions are a must if we are to protect against cybersecurity threats.