SAES progress towards a cyber secure environment in both its digital infrastructure and its products

Following the collaboration agreement on cybersecurity with the University of Murcia, SAES continues with the set of activities planned with the objective of improving information security. The first activity has been a webinar to SAES employees about how and why is important to be protected from cyber attacks not just at work but also at home.

Cybercrime (as a criminal activity that either targets or uses a computer, a computer network or a networked device) has become the most profitable illicit business in the world, ranking even above drug trafficking. If we bear in mind that nowadays hackers are more and more professionalised, that cybercrime is a constant threat and that almost everything can be hacked, it is a must to know all threats that we face an how to be protected against them.

Following the collaboration agreement on cybersecurity with the University of Murcia (UMU), an action plan has been developed with specific measures for SAES, with the objective of improving the information security in the company.

Cybercrime is a constant threat. SAES is moving towards a cyber-secure environment for its digital infrastructure and products.

On 26th November took place the first webinar in a series of online talks to all SAES employees, in terms of cyber security awareness raising. The talk given by University of Murcia experts was titled ‘Do I really need to have basic knowledge about cybercrime to do my job at SAES?’.

The main objectives in this first session were, on the one hand, to raise awareness of what cybercrime means and how can affect us at professional and personal levels. On the other hand, to advise and provide tools to protect us from hackers in our daily life. Cyber attacks usually seek to obtain sensitive information (banking dara, passwords, confidential information from your company, etc.)

According to UMU experts, hackers always look for the weakest link and take advantage of our lack of awareness and knowledge on cybercrime in order to focus their attacks on that and search for new ways of accessing our devices. For instance, it is possible to hack internet-connected devices such as a food processor or a vacuum cleaner and then reach the rest of devices with more sensitive data such as passwords or banking information.

The only way to protect us from such attacks is by raising awareness and ensuring that all recommendations on confidentiality, integrity and availability are implemented. Specific advice was given during the webinar to avoid phishing, to use safe passwords, to protect us from an identity theft or to safely use devices or online platforms.

SAES strategic plan provides for improving both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cybercrime capabilities in SAES products and its digital infrastructure to enhance the competitiveness of the company. Therefore, SAES has recently signed two collaboration agreements on these subjects with the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (on AI) and the University of Murcia (on cybercrime).

The Master Plan for Information Security developed by SAES includes specific actions not just in terms of technology systems but also for training employees and raising both awareness and knowledge. One of the key elements to maintain the safety of information is to target the human factor: most of the online attacks seek to mislead people, a lot more than to reach vulnerable systems.

Within the framework of the collaboration agreement on cybersecurity mentioned above, SAES will continue to research innovative solutions to strengthen the company’s products so that cyber security also becomes a competitive advantage.

SAES and the University of Murcia sign a collaboration agreement on cybersecurity

The agreement is a university-company chair to develop a space to research as well as to develop activities in several cybersecurity areas of common interest. This collaboration project will be valid for the next two years.

The collaboration agreement has been signed this morning by the Hon. Rector of the University of Murcia (UMU), José Luján, and the President of SAES, Joaquín López. This agreement, valid for the next two years, aims to develop several cybersecurity activities of common interest including training, research, innovation and promotion of technical knowledge.

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The Rector of the University of Murcia and the President of SAES signing the collaboration agreement on cybersecurity

This agreement will lead to optimise SAES cybersecurity certifications and resources, as well as to minimise the potential risks for its clients in this field. «Cybersecurity is one of the greatest threats and one of the biggest challenges of the twenty-first century. These threats will continue to evolve, and this is why we need updated protection measures within the companies IT systems, which is especially important in the Defence sector, where SAES develops its main lines of work», explains Cristina Abad, SAES General Manager.

According to Joaquín López, President of SAES, «this agreement means the strengthening of our commitment as a public-owned company to collaborating with the main public universities in the Region of Murcia. This has a clear aim: to leverage their great knowledge and research potential as well as to develop business synergies in cybersecurity and any other fields of common interest».

José Luján, Rector of the University of Murcia, thanked SAES for their trust in them to seek for solutions that society demands as well as the collaboration of all the people included in this project and who make it possible.

The agreement signed today is a R&I initiative funded by SAES and developed in partnership with the University of Murcia. Both institutions are working together for more than 15 years: they started working on some common projects back in 2006 and then they signed their first university-company chair on ‘free software and critical applications in real time’ from 2009 to 2021.

This is also the second agreement signed with a regional university this year, following the one signed in June with the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) to boost the use of artificial intelligence in acoustic detection and underwater technologies. According to Joaquín López, President of SAES, «such agreements strengthen our corporate strategy which is firmly committed to a digital transformation». He also added that «strategic partnerships among public universities and public-owned companies are very important because it is possible to return to society their knowledge and experience, with high quality and the best talent in research».

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SAES and University of Murcia representatives in the signing of the agreement.