First Iberoamerican Cybersecurity Conference

Última actualización: March 16th, 2021 - 03:37 pm

The Ibero-American Conference “Cybersecurity, Key Element for Social and Financial Inclusion” was hosted by VU™ and introduced the vision of experts from Microsoft, BID Lab, Telefónica and Falabella.   

Experts in innovation and new technologies analyzed the current cybersecurity landscape, during and post-pandemic, and highlighted the challenges towards the so-called new normal, during the Ibero-American Conference “Cybersecurity, Key Element for Social and Financial Inclusion”, hosted by VU™, company focused on fraud prevention and identity protection, present in 25 countries.

Who attended the Iberoamerican Cybersecurity Conference

The conference, which was transmitted simultaneously on the United States, Latin America and Spain and which was attended by 600 people, included presentations from representatives of BID Lab, Microsoft, Telefónica and Falabella.

On the event’s opening, Sebastian Stranieri, Founder & CEO of VU™, expressed his optimist vision regarding the accelerated digitalization and connectivity processes that took place in the last few months, even though he also addressed the upcoming challenges, particularly those related to the digital identity and cyber-attack prevention, included on the 2020 report “Cybersecurity on Digital Environments. What’s Coming In the New Normal”.

El futuro del que tanto hemos hablado llegó de un día para otro”, afirmó Sebastián. “Este período puso a prueba la resiliencia del negocio. Me pregunto cuántos habían calculado el valor de un día sin operaciones en sus compañías. Ahora, ese es un indicador que todo directivo debería tener claro al establecer una estrategia de ciberseguridad junto con especialistas”, señaló. Agregó que los ciberataques y amenazas aumentaron un 80% en estos últimos meses.  

The vision of VU for cybersecurity around the world

En este contexto, Stranieri adelantó que este año VU asumió un compromiso de inversión de casi 30 millones de dólares para los próximos 24 meses. Uno de los ejes centrales, dijo, será la capacitación y generación de puestos de trabajo en ciberseguridad a través del impulso, junto a otros partners, de VU University. “Hay un déficit de un millón de puestos y VU quiere ser el mayor generador de certificados en ciberseguridad a nivel mundial”, resaltó.   

Para Stranieri, el norte de los cambios siempre debe ser la simplificación de la vida de los usuarios. Puso como ejemplo el caso de la Caja de Prestaciones Sociales de Bolivia, donde VU y Microsoft aportaron el servicio de identidad digital que permitió a miles de ciudadanos recibir una ayuda económica por el impacto de la pandemia.  

A futuro, la diferencia la marcarán los que puedan aliarse a la tecnología reduciendo el riesgo para los ciudadanos. Para esto, es prioritario madurar el sistema de identidad digital para que cada persona pueda operar sin tener que recordar una frase compleja o recurrir a un sistema externo, así como proteger los accesos de los usuarios a los recursos de la compañía, un ejemplo claro de buenos resultados es RENAPER en Argentina con el Sistema de Identificación Digital, impactando a más de 9 millones de usuarios”, señaló. 

VU, una empresa con una trayectoria de más de 10 años en el desarrollo de las soluciones de ciberseguridad, con el objetivo de mejorar la vida de ciudadanos en todo el mundo, combina tecnología de última generación con biometría, Inteligencia Artificial (IA) y machine learning para simplificar el acceso a herramientas digitales y habilitar la realización de trámites de manera fácil, rápida, remota y segura. En estos años, la compañía expandió sus operaciones a 25 países, brindando servicios a más de un centenar de bancos, organismos, entidades financieras y agencias gubernamentales, entre otros. 

Speakers at the Iberoamerican Cybersecurity Conference

Innovation, according to BID Lab

The role of digital innovation and cybersecurity within social inclusion was the main topic addressed by Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which supports experimental projects and entrepreneurships with a massive scale impact on populations in vulnerable situations. This year, the IDB Lab announced a partnership with VU™ that will allow the company to extend its social impact from 35 million users to more than 400 million people in the next 3 years. VU is the first technology-based company in the region in which IDB Lab invests directly. Working together will allow the company to take its mission to new territories and expand its cybersecurity training program.

Arias Hofman explained that the investment is a response to the new needs and the growing demand for innovation that the organization sees in health, education and financial services, and highlighted the role of cybersecurity "to have a more inclusive and resilient region.” 

“We are seeing new needs and demands. Currently, only five countries have a cybersecurity framework and now they have all realized that digital connectivity is not optional--but a basic service,” she said. In this respect, she spoke of the opportunities that open up. As an example, she referred to a start-up that made an alliance with the government of Ecuador to use geolocation to manage the pandemic.   

The value of alliances, according to Microsoft

On his part, Diego Bekerman, Microsoft General Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighted the value of partnerships between the public and private sectors to generate lasting social impacts.

“One of the lessons provided by the current context is the urgent need to address issues related to the securitization of data to reduce vulnerabilities; organizations make decisions today to protect their assets and interactions,” he said. 

“The threats are real; therefore, it is important to raise the capacity of detection, prevention and response organizations at different levels to offer secure solutions. The priority objective must be to protect citizens,” he assured. At this point, Bekerman referred to alliances with public and private banks in Argentina to improve survival demonstration systems during the pandemic.   

How to achieve efficient management, according to ElevenPaths

For his part, Francisco Oteiza Lacalle, Global PM in Identity at ElevenPaths, Telefónica's cybersecurity services company, emphasized the challenges of achieving efficient identity and access management in the business world.

“Generally, companies go out looking for technology. But the first step is that they understand their needs, their requirements based on the responses they have to give to customers and users. And then yes, see what specific technology meets those needs,” he advised.  

Solutions incorporated by Falabella

The conference concluded with a conversation between Stranieri and Leonardo Di Nucci, CIO of Falabella Financiero, who highlighted decisions that were positive in his company, present in several countries, and highlighted the rapid changes that are taking place in the region regarding regulations.

“We unify the validation model in all countries, with minimal adaptations and we simplify it. For example, to transfer money, you only need two vectors, when other banks ask for three keys, or if you download another application to prove your identity,” he said. 

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